Scott Lilienfeld

Emory University — Atlanta, GA

Scott O. Lilienfeld is Professor of Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta. He received his A.B. from Cornell University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Minnesota in 1990.  He is founder and past editor of the Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, incoming President of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, and current editor of Clinical Psychological Science.  He has served on nine editorial boards, including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Assessment, and Perspectives on Psychological Science, and he is a regular columnist for Scientific American Mind magazine. 

Dr. Lilienfeld has published over 200 articles, book chapters, and books in the areas of personality disorders, psychiatric classification, and pseudoscience in clinical psychology.  Among his books are Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding (co-authored with Steven Jay Lynn, Laura Namy, and Nancy Woolf; 2009), Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology (co-edited with Steven Jay Lynn and Jeffrey M. Lohr; 2003) and 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology (Wiley-Blackwell, co-authored with Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, and Barry Beyerstein; 2009).  His work has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Boston Globe, Washington Post, USA Today, New Yorker, and Scientific American.  In addition, he has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, CNN, and CBS Evening News.  In 1998, Dr. Lilienfeld received the David Shakow Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology from APA Division 12, and in 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. He has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences and over 25 universities, and was selected as a member of Emory University’s “Great Teachers” lecturer series.

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Topic(s): Education, Psychology, Skepticism

Sub-topic(s): Science education, Evolutionary psychology, Mental illness, Pseudoscience