2009 RMPA Psi Chi Distinguished Speaker
“Anger: From Practice to Science and Back”
Conference: Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Convention Program (2009)
Jerry L. Deffenbacher, PhD (Colorado State University), is a professor laureate of psychology and former director of training of the APA-approved doctoral program in counseling psychology in the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University. He is a fellow of several divisions/societies of the APA, a licensed psychologist, a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and an editorial board member of five journals. For over twenty years, his research has focused on the nature and consequences of anger, correlates (including alcohol and substance use) and risk factors for problematic anger, and effective interventions for anger. Recent research has focused on angry drivers and on the development and evaluation of interventions for the reduction of driving anger. His research, in part, has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2000, he coauthored with M. McKay a manual on an empirically-supported intervention for anger reduction, Overcoming Situational Anger and General Anger: Therapist Protocol, and an accompanying client manual, Overcoming Situational Anger and General Anger: Client Manual.