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Gordon L. Paul, Ph.D.

Gordon L. Paul

Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen
Distinguished University Chair
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Illinois


Research Interests

  • Assessment and treatment of adult mental, emotional, and behavioral problems in extramural/outpatient and residential/inpatient settings
  • Schizophrenia and related psychoses, anxiety & stress, sexual problems
  • Design & methods for treatment innovation/program evaluation
  • Observational assessment and management information systems
  • Mental health systems, cost-effective institutional/community programs
  • Organizational developement, staff training, performance enhancement
  • Dissemination of empirically validated principles & technologies
  • Biopsychosocial approach to psychopathology, social learning theory
  • See Biographical Sketch: Paul, Gordon L. (p. 1893) In: Weiner, I. P.& Craighead, W. E. (Eds.). (2010). The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science (4th ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Selected Publications

Paul, G. L. (1974). Experimental-behavioral approaches to “schizophrenia.” In R. Cancro, N. Fox, & L. Shapiro (Eds.), Strategic intervention in schizophrenia: Current developments in treatment. New York: Behavioral Publications.

Paul, G. L. & Bernstein, D. A. (1976). Anxiety and clinical problems. In Spencer, Carson, & Thibout (Eds.), Behavioral approaches to therapy. Morristown, N. J.: General Learning Press.

Paul, G. L. (1986). Can pregnancy be a placebo effect? Terminology, designs, and conclusions in the study of psychosocial and pharmacological treatments of behavior disorders. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 17, 524-544.

Paul, G. L. (1987). Rational operations in residential treatment settings through ongoing assessment of resident and staff functioning. In D.R. Peterson & D.B. Fishman (Eds.), Assessment for decision. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutger University Press.

Paul, G. L. & Menditto, A. A. (1992). Effectiveness of inpatient treatment programs for mentally ill adults in public psychiatric facilities. Applied and Preventive Psychology: Current Scientific Perspectives, 1, 41-63.

Paul, G. L., Stuve, P., & Menditto, A. A. (1997). Social-learning program (with token economy) for adult psychiatric inpatients. The Clinical Psychologist, 50, 14-17.

Paul, G. L. (2000). Evidence-based practices in inpatient and residential facilities. The Clinical Psychologist, 53, (3), 3-11.

Paul, G. L. (2000). Milieu therapy. In A. E. Kazdin (Ed.-in-Chief), Encyclopedia of Psychology, American Psychological Association and Oxford University Press, USA.

Paul, G. L. (2001). The active unconscious, symptom substitution & other things that went 'bump' in the night. In W. T. O'Donohue, D. Henderson, S. C. Hayes, J. E. Fisher, & L. J. Hayes (Eds.). The history of behavioral therapies: Founder's personal histories. (pp. 295-336). Reno, NV: Context Press.

Paul, G. L. (2006). Myth and reality in Wakefield's assertions. Behavior and Social Issues, 15, 244-252.

Paul, G.L. (2007). Psychotherapy outcome can be studied scientifically. In S.O. Lilienfeld & W.T.O'Donohue (Eds.). The Great Ideas of Clinical Science: 17 Principles That Every Mental Health Professional Should Understand (pp. 119-147). New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

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