"...Calhoun and Tedeschi bring together the leading theoreticians, researchers, and practitioners in the subdiscipline called posttraumatic growth (PTG). The importance of this field is that it already includes a rich history of empirical research demonstrating that posttraumatic growth can be operationalized, assessed, and enhanced. The editors and authors of this text do an excellent job of identifying the major conceptual and clinical hurdles facing this fledgling field of study. Adding to the value of the text are the numerous chapters devoted to various aspects of trauma and their positive manifestations following different kinds of negative life experiences. This book makes a very important contribution toward the evolution of clinical psychology. Many people have had their symptoms reduced but still seek meaning and purpose. PTG provides a scientific framework to help them on this journey."
- Frank Masterpasqua, in PsycCRITIQUES, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books
About the Author
He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in a variety of clinical areas and his professional practice has been focused on individuals and couples coping with highly challenging life circumstances.
Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he teaches personality and psychotherapy. He received his doctorate from Ohio University and is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in bereavement and trauma. He has recently published "Helping Bereaved Parents: A Clinician's Guide," with his colleague, Lawrence Calhoun. They have also published three books on posttraumatic growth: "Trauma and Transformation, Posttraumatic Growth," and "Facilitating Posttraumatic Growth." He has served as a consultant to the American Psychological Association in developing materials on trauma and resilience for the use of psychologists and the public.
Tedeschi is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and a practicing clinical psychologist.
Kenneth I. Pargament, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and Distinguished Scholar in the Institute for Spirituality & Health at the Texas Medical Center.
Raymond F. Paloutzian, PhD, is Professor of Experimental and Social Psychology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Previously, he taught at the University of Idaho and was a visiting professor at Stanford University and a guest professor at Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Psychological Society, and the Western Psychological Association, Dr. Paloutzian is a past president of APA Division 36 (Psychology of Religion). He is the author of [i]Invitation to the Psychology of Religion, Second Edition[/i], and the editor of [i]The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion[/i].
Crystal L. Park, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on the roles of religious beliefs and religious coping in response to stressful life events, the phenomenon of stress-related growth, and people's attempts to find meaning in negative life events. She is associate editor of [i]Psychology and Health[/i] and is on the editorial boards of the [i]Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology[/i] and [i]The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion[/i]. A past president of APA Division 36, Dr. Park is also Principal Investigator on research projects funded by the Lance Armstrong Foundation (examining positive life changes in cancer survivors) and the Fetzer Foundation (examining changes in spirituality and well-being in patients with terminal heart failure).
Ronnie Janoff-Bulman, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with current research focusing on morality, particularly the motivational bases of different moral perspectives.