Board of Directors
Stephen E. Finn, Ph.D., President, founder of the Center for Therapeutic Assessment, is a licensed clinical psychologist in practice in Austin, Texas, USA, a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, Senior Researcher and Director of Training at the European Center for Therapeutic Assessment at Catholic University of Milan, Italy, and Director of Training at the Asian-Pacific Center for Therapeutic Assessment in Tokyo, Japan. He has published 90+ articles and chapters on psychological assessment, psychotherapy, and other topics in clinical psychology, and is the author of In Our Clients’ Shoes: Theory and Techniques of Therapeutic Assessment (Erlbaum, 2007) and A Manual for Using the MMPI-2 Therapeutic Intervention (1996, University of Minnesota Press). Dr. Finn also co-edited, with Drs. Constance Fischer and Leonard Handler, Collaborative/ Therapeutic Assessment: A Casebook and Guide (Wiley, 2012). In 2011 Dr. Finn was awarded the Bruno Klopfer Award from the Society of Personality Assessment for distinguished lifetime contributions to the field of personality assessment. In August 2017 he received the award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Assessment Psychology from Section IX (Assessment) of the Society for Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the American Psychological Association). In 2018 he was honored with the 2018 Carl Rogers Award for outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of humanistic psychology from the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the American Psychological Association).
Francesca Fantini, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist. She coordinates the Counseling Service for university students at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, and is one of the Coordinators of the European Center for Therapeutic Assessment. She lectures in graduate and post-graduate courses on personality testing, collaborative use of tests, and Therapeutic Assessment in Italy and internationally. Dr. Fantini has published papers on Therapeutic Assessment with different kinds of clients (i.e. families with children, adult clients) and on the use of projective tests in multicultural assessment. She is one of the authors of the Italian adaptation of the Tell-Me-A-Story multicultural projective test (TEMAS). She is certified in Therapeutic Assessment with adults and families with children.
Dale Rudin, Ph.D., received her doctorate from the University of Texas in 1992. Prior to returning to school in psychology, she obtained a Master’s Degree from Boston College in the area of Deaf-Blind/Multi handicapped education. She was a principal at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She is a Licensed Psychologist as well as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. She has conducted numerous workshops for parents of children with special needs, teachers and other professionals. In addition to providing assessment services, her private practice focuses on working with individuals, couples and families. She has a psychodynamic approach and works from a Kohutian, Interpersonal, and Emotionally-Focused Therapy approach. She is a member of the Therapeutic Assessment Institute Faculty and Center for Therapeutic Assessment in Austin, Texas. She is certified in adult, child, and adolescent Therapeutic Assessment.
Hilde De Saeger, Ph.D., Treasurer, is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist in the Netherlands and Belgium. She works at the Viersprong Clinic, a therapeutic center for adults and adolescents with severe personality pathology and conduct disorders. She published several papers on psychological assessment and is working on a dissertation on Therapeutic Assessment. She is certified in adult Therapeutic Assessment.
Pamela Schaber, Ph.D., is a psychologist from Austin, TX in private practice affiliated with the Center for Therapeutic Assessment. She is a founding member of the Therapeutic Assessment Institute. As part of her duties for the TAI, she trains and supervises other psychologists in the skills and method of TA. She also serves on the executive committee for the TAI and is an associate editor for the TA Connection. Dr. Schaber is certified in all forms of TA (child, adolescent, adult, and couples).
Members of the Board
Filippo Aschieri, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor of Psychology at Catholic University of Milan, Italy. He is one of the Coordinators of the European Center for Therapeutic Assessment at the same University. A Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment, Dr. Aschieri is certified inTherapeutic Assessment with adult clients, families with children and adolescents, and couples. Several publications by Filippo Aschierion TA and related topics can be found here: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1164-5926.
Raja M. David, Ph.D. is the founder and owner of the Minnesota Center for Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment. He received his Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) in 2002, and is board certified in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology (ABPP). Raja is the former Program Dean of MSPP, and as an assistant professor he taught doctoral courses on providing psychological services, including a course on Therapeutic Assessment. He is an invited adjunct professor at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, where he teaches his Therapeutic Assessment course to Clinical Psychology doctoral students. Raja has written several articles and chapters on Therapeutic Assessment, and is co-author of Therapeutic Assessment with Adults: Using Psychological Testing to Help Clients Change (Routledge). He routinely conducts workshops on Therapeutic Assessment, presents at professional conferences, and provides consultation to clinicians and mental health centers looking to implement the model. Raja is the editor of the TA Connection and is certified in the adult model of Therapeutic Assessment.
Marita Frackowiak, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice at the Center for Therapeutic Assessment in Austin, TX. She is a founding member of the Therapeutic Assessment Institute and a Lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Frackowiak has worked with Dr. Stephen Finn for more than a decade providing clinical services, conducting research, writing, and providing trainings on Therapeutic Assessment. Her current focus, in addition to clinical work, is lecturing internationally and offering consultation for clinicians wanting to learn the model. Dr. Frackowiak is certified inTherapeutic Assessment with adults, children, adolescents, and couples.
Jan H. Kamphuis, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, and a fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment. He is a Full Professor at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and currently serves as Chair of the psychology department. He has special interest in (a) personality disorders, and (b) (furthering) the treatment utility of assessment. He also has a small research/ clinical appointment at the Viersprong, a specialized clinic for the assessment and treatment of personality disorders. Dr. Kamphuis has published over 80 international articles, chapters, and books, most of which pertain to innovations in personality assessment and personality disorders. Specific topics include Therapeutic Assessment, MMPI-2-RF, risk assessment, forensic assessment, and treatment selection in personality disorders. He is certified in Therapeutic Assessment with adults.
Hale Martin, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in Colorado and Associate Clinical Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at Denver University where he teaches and supervises psychological assessment. He is published in the areas of assessment and masculinity-femininity and presents on Therapeutic Assessment in a range of venues. Hale also has a private practice in which he does psychotherapy and assessment. He also supervises students working in the Colorado Center for Therapeutic Assessment. Hale is a Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment, and he founded the Colorado Assessment Society and remains active in its function. He is certified in adult Therapeutic Assessment.
Noriko Nakamura, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is the co-founder/director of the Asian-Pacific Center for Therapeutic Assessment (Tokyo, Japan) since 2014). She has been working as a psychotherapist in private practice at the Nakamura Psychotherapy Institute, founded in 1989. After quitting faculty work as professor at Soka University in 2005, she has been lecturing part-time at the graduate schools of Kitazato University and Shizuoka National University in Japan. Ms. Nakamura has published many papers about psychological assessment and therapy/treatment outcome to describe how people change over the course of therapy. She is certified in Therapeutic Assessment with adults and couples.
Lic. Ernesto Pais (UBA) is a licensed psychologist in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is Professor and Psychology Career Director at Universidad Abierta Interamericana, Buenos Aires and the Coordinator of the Center for Collaborative and Therapeutic Assessment (https://cuecyt.iecis.com.ar/) at the same University. Ernesto serves on the Board of the ADEIP (Society for Research and Study on Psychodiagnostic, Argentina). Ernesto is certified in Therapeutic Assessment with adults.
J.D. Smith, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Preventive Medicine, and Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago where he is Associate Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology. Dr. Smith conducts research on the translation of evidence-based interventions to real-world service delivery systems. His work is currently focused on preventive interventions for children and families, implemented in pediatric primary care and through home visitation, and the development of innovate methods for dissemination and implementation research. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Department of Agriculture, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and national and local foundations. He is a fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment and former Associate Editor and Co-Editor of the Clinical Case Applications Section of the Journal of Personality Assessment. He is a Faculty member of the Therapeutic Assessment Institute and has served as Founding Editor of the Institute’s newsletter, the TA Connection, since 2012. Dr. Smith has published more than 70 articles and book chapters on Therapeutic Assessment, assessment-driven interventions, prevention science, implementation science, and developmental psychopathology, and he has received a number of awards and recognitions for his research including the Samuel J. & Anne G. Beck Award for outstanding early career research in personality assessment, the Walter G. Klopfer Award, the Mary S. Cerney Award, and the Martin Mayman Awardfrom the Society for Personality Assessment. He is currently Associate Editor at the journal Prevention Science and Associate Editor for Implementation Research for the journal Families, Systems, & Health.
Deborah Tharinger, Ph.D., received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), where she was an active faculty member for 35 years. Dr. Tharinger is a Fellow in the Society for Personality Assessment and the American Psychological Association. She is a licensed psychologist and a licensed school psychologist. Dr. Tharinger was a practicing psychologist in Austin for over 25 years during her time at UT. She is a founding member of the Therapeutic Assessment Institute and a member of its Board of Directors. She is an Associate Editor of the Institute’s newsletter, the TA Connection. Dr. Tharinger has published over 50 articles and chapters, with the most recent ones focused on Therapeutic Assessment with children and adolescents. Her co-authors have included Dr. Stephen Finn and many of her graduate students. Dr. Tharinger has recently returned to live in Austin after practicing as a School Psychologist in Northern New Mexico. She will soon start offering Therapeutic Assessment at the private practice affiliated with the Center for Therapeutic Assessment. She is certified in Therapeutic Assessment with adolescents.