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Robert H. Woody

Contact Information

Department of Psychology

University of Nebraska at Omaha

347 Arts and Sciences Building

60 th at Dodge

Omaha, NE 68182

Telephone: (402) 496-1303

FAX: (402) 496-1002

e-mail: psychlegal@aol.com

 

Employment

University of Nebraska at Omaha (Omaha, NE): Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, 1975-1979

Professor of Psychology, 1975-Present

Director of the School Psychology Training Program, 1987-2002

I teach the following courses: Forensic Psychology, Social Psychology, History of Psychology, Law & Psychology: Ethics, Research & Services.

Previous Employment: Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo; Associate Professor and Director of the Psychological Services in the Schools Program, University of Maryland; Dean of Student Development, Grand Valley State University; and Professor and Coordinator of the Community Counseling Program, Ohio University.

 

Education and Training

Certificate of Graduation from the Basic Police Academy, the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Center, 2004.

Juris Doctor degree, School of Law, Creighton University, 1981.

Doctor of Science degree, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, 1975. Dissertation: Child Custody Legal Proceedings: An Investigation of Criteria Maintained by Lawyers, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Social Workers.

Certificate in Group Psychotherapy, Washington School of Psychiatry, 1969.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London ( England), 1967.

Doctor of Philosophy degree, Michigan State University, 1964. Dissertation: The Use of Electroencephalography and Mental Abilities Tests in the Diagnosis of Behavioral Problem Males.

Specialist in Education degree, Western Michigan University, 1962.

Master of Arts degree, Michigan State University, 1960.

Bachelor of Music degree, Western Michigan University, 1958.

 

Honors

Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievements and Contributions, Florida Psychological Association, St. Petersburg, FL, July 10, 2010.

2008 Psychologist of the Year Award, Florida Psychological Association, Sarasota, FL, July 19, 2008.

Award for Outstanding Service to the Board of Directors, Florida Psychological Association, Tallahassee, FL, January, 2008.

Award for Outstanding Dedication to Families and the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy (with UNO Professor Jane D. Woody), Nebraska Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Lincoln, NE, 2005.

Distinguished Psychologist Award, the Florida Psychological Association, 2001.

Outstanding Professional Service, the Florida Psychological Association, 1989.

 

Service to Professional Associations (Partial)

Florida Psychological Association:

President Elect, 2000

President, 2001

Past President, 2002

Board of Directors 2000-2011

Education Committee, 2001-2011

Elections and Awards Committee, 2002

American Psychological Association:

Representative to the Council of Representatives and Member of the Board of Directors for the Division (42) of Psychologists in Independent Practice 2011-2013

Florida Representative to the Council of Representatives, 2002-2007

Representative to the Council of Representatives and member of the Board of Directors for the Division (12): Society for Clinical Psychology, 2000-2002

Member of the APA Ethics Committee, 1997-1999

 

CURRENT EDITORIAL BOARDS

American Journal of Family Therapy (2001-Present).

Child Psychiatry and Human Development (2005-Present).

Ethics & Behavior (2010, Manuscript Reviewer).

Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice (2006-Present; Associate Editor, 2006-2008).

Professional Psychology: Research and Practice (2000-Present, Manuscript Reviewer).

PsycCRITIQUES—Contemporary Psychology (Advisory Board, 2004-2008; 2010-Present).

Psychological Injury and Law (2008-Present).

School Psychology Quarterly (2009-Present, Manuscript Reviewer)

Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology series, Academic Advisory Board, (published by McGraw-Hill. 2009-Present).

 

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association (Member, 1966, Fellow, 1975): Divisions of General Psychology, Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Psychologists in Public Service, Health Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Psychology and Law, Family Psychology, Psychologists in Independent Practice, History of Psychology, Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, and State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations

Florida Bar Association

Florida Psychological Association

Michigan Bar Association

Nebraska Bar Association

 

Certificates and Licensures

Licensed Attorney, Nebraska Bar Association, 1981.

Licensed Attorney, Florida Bar Association, 1982.

Licensed Attorney, Michigan Bar Association, 1984.

Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology, 1973, No. 2782.

Diplomate in Forensic Psychology, American Board of Forensic Psychology, 1980, No. 47.

Licensed Psychologist, Florida State Board of Psychological Examiners, 1983, No. 3261.

Licensed Psychologist, Michigan State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, 1970, No. 941.

Certified Administrator (Superintendent, Chief Business Official, and Central Office Administrator), Michigan Department of Education, 1993, No. 98835.

Fully Approved School Psychologist, Michigan Department of Education, 1963 (Updated and Renewed, 1993).

 

Research Interests

Science in psychological services, legal and ethical aspects of psychological practices, protecting the rights of psychologists, social psychology in everyday life, forensic psychology, psychology of musicianship, and family interventions

 

Books and Monographs

Author/Editor of thirty-three books. The following are recent examples:

Woody, R. H. (2011). Helping children and adolescents: Evidence-based strategies from developmental and social psychology. Cambridge, MA: Hogrefe.

Woody, R. H. (2006). Search and seizure: The Fourth Amendment for law enforcement officers. Springfield: IL: Charles C Thomas.

Woody, R. H. (2004). Group therapy: An integrative cognitive social-learning approach. Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press.

Woody, R. H. (2001). Psychological information: Protecting the right of privacy. Madison, CT: International Universities Press (Psychosocial Press).

Woody, R. H., & Woody, J. D. (Eds.) (2001). Ethics in marriage and family therapy. Washington, DC: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Woody, R. H. (2000). Child custody: Practice standards, ethical issues, & legal safeguards for mental health professionals. Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press.

Woody, R. H. (1997). Legally safe mental health practice. Madison, CT: International Universities Press (Psychosocial Press).

Woody, R. H., & Robertson, M. H. (1997). A career in clinical psychology: From training to employment. Madison, CT: International Universities Press.

Robertson, M. H., & Woody, R. H. (1997). Theories and methods for practice in clinical psychology. Madison, CT: International Universities Press.

 

Articles and Chapters

I have authored approximately two hundred articles and book chapters. The following are selected recent publications relevant to forensic psychology, with special reference to children and families:

Woody, R. H. (in press) Letters of protection: Ethical and legal financial considerations. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice.

Woody, R. H. (2011). Science in mental health training and practice, with special reference to school psychology, Ethics and Behavior, 21(1), 1-9.

Woody, R. H. (2011). The financial conundrum for mental health practice. American Journal of Family Therapy, 39(1), 1-10.

Woody, R. H. (2011). The reality of a career in law enforcement. In C. R. Bartol & A. M. Bartol (Eds.), Introduction to Forensic Psychology (3 rd ed., pp. 23-25). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Woody, R. H. (2010). Rebirthing the psychology career lattice: A bridge over the troubled waters? School Psychologist, 64(3, Summer), 14-16.

Sempek, A. N., & Woody, R. H. (2010). Family permanence versus the best interests of the child. American Journal of Family Therapy, 38(5), 433-439.

Woody, R. H. (2009). Ethical considerations of multiple roles in forensic services. Ethics & Behavior, 19(1), 79-87.

Woody, R. H. (2009). Psychological injury from licensing complaints against mental health practitioners. Psychological Injury and Law, 2, 109–113

Woody, R. H. (2008). Obtaining legal counsel for child and family mental health services. American Journal of Family Therapy, 36(4). 323-331.

Woody, R. H. (2008) The evolution and modern practice of interpersonal process family therapy. American Journal of Family Therapy. 36(2), 99-106.

Woody, R. H. (2007). Avoiding expert testimony about family therapy. American Journal of Family Therapy. 35(5), 389-393.

Woody, R. H. (2007) Bogus and Dubious Credentials Revisited: Professionalism Requires Action. Independent Practitioner, 27(3), 140-141.

Woody, R. H. (2006). Family interventions with law enforcement officers. American Journal of Family Therapy, 34(2), 95-103.

Woody, R. H. (2005). The police culture: Research implications for psychological services. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 36(5) 525-529.

Woody, R. H., & Woody, J. K. (2005). Refusal skills training. In G. P. Koocher, J. C. Norcross, & S. S. Hill, III (Eds.), Psychologists’ desk reference (2 nd ed, pp. 308-312). New York: Oxford University Press.

Woody, R. H. (2005). Defending against legal complaints. Chapter in G. P. Koocher, J. C. Norcross, & S. A. Hill, III (Eds.), Psychologists' Desk Reference (2 nd ed; pp. 565-566). New York: Oxford University Press.

Woody, R. H. (2004). Modern family interventions. American Journal of Family Therapy, 32 (4), 353-357.

Woody, R. H. (2002). Clinical psychology in the courtroom: Part II. Being a professional critic. Clinical Psychologist, 55 (4) 13-18.

Woody, R. H. (2002). Clinical psychology in the courtroom: Part I. Proper and multiple roles in forensic services. Clinical Psychologist, 55 (3), 11-15.

Woody, R. H. (2002). Ethical and social policy considerations when working with children and families. In L. VandeCreek, S. Knapp, & T. L. Jackson (Eds.), Innovations in clinical practice: A source book, Volume 20 (pp. 461-472). Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press.

Woody, R. H., & Woody, J. D. (2001). The future of marriage and family therapy. In R. H. Woody & J. D. Woody (Eds.), Ethics in marriage and family therapy (pp. 1197-218). Washington, DC: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Woody, J. D., & Woody, R. H. (2001). Children in family therapy. In R. H. Woody & J. D. Woody (Eds.), Ethics in marriage and family therapy (pp. 103-124). Washington, DC: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Woody, J. D., & Woody, R. H. (2001). Protecting and benefitting the client: The therapeutic alliance, informed consent, and confidentiality. In R. H. Woody & J. D. Woody (Eds.), Ethics in marriage and family therapy (pp. 13-42). Washington, DC: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Woody, R. H., & Woody, J. D. (2001). Ethics, professionalism, and decision making. In R. H. Woody & J. D. Woody (Eds.), Ethics in marriage and family therapy (pp. 1-12). Washington, DC: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Woody, R. H. (2000). What to do upon receiving a complaint. In L. VandeCreek & T. L. Jackson (Eds.), Innovations in clinical practice: A source book, Volume 18. Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press.

Woody, R. H. (2000). Professional ethics, regulatory licensing, and malpractice complaints. In F. W. Kaslow (Ed.), Handbook of couple and family forensics (pp. 461-474). New York: John Wiley.

Woody, R. H. (1999). Professionalism: Is there ever enough? Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, 35 (2), 76-79.

Woody, R. H. (1998). Dubious and bogus credentials in mental health practice. Ethics & Behavior, 7 (4), 337-345.

Woody, R. H. (1997). Psycholegal issues for clinical child neuropsychology. Chapter in C. R. Reynolds & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.), Handbook of clinical childneuropsychology (2nd ed.; pp. 712-725). New York: Plenum.

Woody, R. H. (1996). Dangerous patients: The therapist as "weaponless policeman." Journal of Psychohistory, 23 (4), 438-446.