Theodore Millon modtog The American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal Award

Theodore Millon modtog award

Professor Theodore Millon modtog i august 2008 i Boston The American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal Award. Nedenstående er tekst fra hæfte omhandlende American Psychology Honors recipients of the 2008 APF and APA Awards:

Theodore Millon, PhD

Theodore Millon’s illuminating and influential clinical and theoretically original writings revitalized the moribund field of personality disorders. Over the past 40 years he set a foundation for integrating the four elements constituting a mature clinical science: theory, taxonomy, instrumentation, and intervention. He has sought to enrich and coordinate each element with impeccable logic. Sophisticated in adjacent scientific disciplines, he constructed his theory to be anchored to evolutionary principles, from which he then derived an innovative taxonomy of maladaptive personality styles, as well as their developmental pathogenesis. The theory and its taxonomy were then creatively operationalized with empirically grounded assessment instruments, producing, thereby, data-guiding and personalized therapeutic interventions.

At the City College of New York (CCNY), Theodore Millon tried out economics, sociology, philosophy, and physics, until he finally settled on psychology. With help from his mentor from CCNY, Gardner Murphy, he was accepted into the University of Connecticut doctorate program. Upon completion of his dissertation to explicate traits of the authoritarian personality, Millon obtained a teaching position in 1954 at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Shortly thereafter he found himself acquiring the most senior administrative post of a large state hospital.

After completing a tour of a 2,200-bed hospital with his abnormal psychology class, Millon wrote to a Pennsylvania gubernatorial Democratic candidate, exhorting him to visit and see the institution’s deplorable conditions. Soon thereafter, Millon was asked to join a revitalized hospital board and was promised a substantial infusion of funds. He accepted, was promptly elected the board’s chairperson at age 26, and was given the task of hiring entirely new and enlarged departments of psychiatry, psychology, and social work.

After the writing of his first major work, Modern Psychopathology, in 1969, Millon accepted an academic position in Chicago at the University of Illinois Medical Center. In talking with his friend, Melvin Sabshin, they decided that the field needed both serious reevaluation and intellectual inspiration. This attitude helped lead to the birth of the DSM III Task Force, which Millon joined, as he did the DSM IV Task Force. Other important developments during these years were the development of a series of empirically-based instruments (MCMI, MBHI, MAPI) that would serve to represent theoretical constructs proposed in his book, Modern Psychopathology.

Millon went to the University of Miami after this, and started working on the editorial leadership of the first international journal of psychology and health, The Journal of Personality Disorders, which he confounded. He accepted a joint appointment as a professor at Harvard University/Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals.

Officially retired now, his affiliation as dean of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Personology and Psychopathology furnishes a fruitful base for continuing scholarly writings and research.

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