Robert H. Woody

Robert H. Woody

PhD, ScD, JD 
Professor, Psychologist, & Attorney

"Science, scholarship, ethics, and professionalism for helping all people."

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I strive to be straightforward and honest in all my professional endeavors. Therefore, I wish to set forth certain beliefs and values that likley influence my professional activities.

science and practice: Psychology encompasses science and scholarship applied to benefit ALL people. There must never be a schism between science and practice.

Being a professor and practitioner, I know that efficacious learning, assessment, and treatment require allegiance to the scientist-practitioner model. I make an effort to better integrate the results of research and scholarly thought with the wisdom that comes from practice.

Among other things, the scientist-practitioner model can persuade third-party payment sources to accept the value-added results of behavioral science in health care. With practioners following this model, along with professional ethics in everyday practice, there is less need for actions by governmental regulatory agencies.

multicultural and diversity issues: As a professor of social psychology, I teach that every person represents multiple cultures. Everyone should be aware of and live by the unifying research on cultural diversity. Throughout the life span, research and education should bolster cultural identities by exposing bias, prejudice, and discrimination, and elevating appreciation of the uniqueness of individuals and groups.

Global multicultural influences impact U. S. public policies and laws. Around the world, mental health knowledge and interventions should be used to address natural disasters, chronic illnesses, disabilities, infectious diseases, hunger, poverty, terrorism, war, unemployment, and crime. The international psychology community must become relevant and influential through collaborative activity in research, education, and social/health service programs.

Every mental health professional should accept values and ethical principles that require conduct and behavior that respect the dignity and rights of ALL people and help ALL people experience healthy and productive lives

advancing health: My doctoral training in health services research/administration and extensive experience in a variety of health care programs (public and private) strengthen my understanding of and commitment to assuring a rightful role for psychology in health care reform. I believe:

(1) a reformed health care system should provide comprehensive services to ALL people;

(2) behavioral science research leads to quality health care;

(3) behavioral science should be a mainstay in the education and training of all health care providers;

(4) a reformed health care system should deliver the full range of mental health services in preventive, crisis, and tertiary programs, and deal with public health issues (e.g., epidemics/pandemics, natural disasters).

Everyone everywhere should receive health care, with no bias or discrimination. Promoting legislative remedies should be a priority. Governmental funding for research, training, and community programs must be consistent and increased.


With credentials in psychology, law, health services research/administration, and education, I offer authoritative advocacy of excellence in research and practice to benefit society and the mental health professions. I believe that: science, scholarship, and ethics provide the bases for modern psychology; and professionalism requires putting the needs of others over self-interests.

leadership: I have served on the APA Council of Representatives, Ethics Committee, Division 12 Board of Directors (Treasurer), and numerous division-level committees. I am an APA Fellow. For the Florida Psychological Association, I have been President and on the Board of Directors and various committees.

At the national and state levels, I promote changes by advocating legislation and agency policies that assure practitioners fairness from third-party payment and governmental regulatory services.

science: I believe that neither science nor practice can thrive without the other. Within the scientific-practitioner model, I teach social, family, forensic, school, clinical, counseling, and administrative (leadership/organizations) courses as a Professor of Psychology (and former Dean for Graduate Studies and Research) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

My teaching embraces research-based advances and technology. The past is but a springboard to modern ideas. I seldom use the same textbook twice.

practice: For years, I engaged in clinical-forensic-family practice in accord with the scientist-practitioner model. Also I help mental health practioners apply psycholegal strategies to avoid/resolve ethical and legal dilemmas. I urge practioners to develop new roles and income streams, including by psychopharmacology/prescription authority. On the behalf of my clients, I interface with governmental sources about legislation, policies, and regulatory complaints.

academic training: My university degrees include: PhD (Michigan State), ScD (Pittsburgh), and JD (Creighton). I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology at the University of London (Maudsley Hospital) and earned the Certificate in Group Psychotherapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry. I am a graduate of the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy (Tallahassee).

professional licensure: I am a licensed psychologist in Michigan, an ABPP Diplomate (Clinical and Forensic), and an ABAP Diplomate (Assessment). I am admitted to the Florida, Michigan, and Nebraska Bars.

publications: I have expressed my scholarship in thirty-eight books and several hundred articles. I consider my edited Encyclopedia of Clinical Assessment important because of its early examination of avoiding bias and undue subjectivity in clinical practices. My publications tend toward standards and ethics, children, families, assessment, interventions, rehabilitation, and practice strategies.

health care: Given my Doctor of Science in health care services (research/administration), I have worked with a variety of health care organizations (independent practices, mental health clinics, community agencies, and hospitals).

personal character: I pursue being open-minded, prudent, logical, and lawful. To accomplish constructive change, I rely on authoritative and tactful communications.

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