Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 11:15

Assumption Psychology Professor Promoted at Medical School

Assumption College Counseling Psychology Professor Leonard Doerfler, Ph.D., has been promoted to adjunct professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Worcester. Dr. Doerfler has been a faculty member at UMass Medical School since 1987 and at Assumption since 1989.

“I am honored that my colleagues in the UMass Medical School Psychiatry Department feel that my contributions to the department have been important and that they merit promotion to the rank of professor,” said Dr. Doerfler.

Prior to his promotion, Dr. Doerfler, who directs Assumption’s Counseling Psychology program, held the rank of adjunct associate professor at UMass. He will continue his teaching duties at Assumption.

Assumption College Interim Provost Louise Carroll Keeley said that in addition to authoring over 40 articles in the psychology field, Professor Doerfler has been instrumental in establishing research opportunities for Assumption faculty and students in the UMass departments of psychiatry, pediatrics and medicine.

“These research opportunities are deeply collaborative, productive and ongoing,” she said. “Dr. Doerfler’s promotion at UMass brings distinction to him personally and, by extension, to the Assumption College Department of Psychology and to Assumption as a whole.”

In a Sept. 5, 2014, letter, Terence R. Flotte, M.D., Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education; Dean, Provost and Executive Deputy Chancellor; and Luanne E. Thorndyke, M.D., F.A.C.P., vice provost for faculty affairs, at UMass Medical School, stated: “Promotion is dependent on professional academic achievement and is an honor within our institution. [Dr. Leonard Doerfler has] proved to have an established record of research and scholarly activity and [has] provided outstanding service to the department, the School of Medicine and the community. Furthermore, [he has] contributed considerably to the Medical School’s education mission.”

At Assumption, Professor Doerfler teaches graduate-level courses in the Counseling Psychology program. He says that his students benefit from his work at UMass.

“My teaching has been enriched because my experiences in the UMass Psychiatry Department have introduced me to important issues, such as how health care reform is affecting mental health services,” said Professor Doerfler, a clinical psychologist.

His clinical and research interests include cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal models of mood disorders, predictors of psychiatric hospitalization, psychotherapy outcome assessment, psychosocial adjustment to life-threatening illness, and assessment of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in heart attack survivors. Professor Doerfler is director of the Assumption College Counseling Psychology Program’s Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews