Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology John Thoburn has been named “Family Psychologist of the Year” for 2012 by the Society for Family Psychology (American Psychological Association, Division 43). This is in recognition “of [his] outstanding sustained contributions to the field of family psychology, especially through [his] humanitarian work.” He will be presented with the award at the presidential reception of the society at the APA Convention in Orlando this August.
Thoburn, a licensed psychologist and marriage and family therapist, has participated in relief and training efforts all over the world, including Uganda, Bosnia, India, Sri Lanka and China. He has worked with the American Red Cross and victims of Hurricane Katrina, and most recently with medical teams serving in Haiti.
Thoburn has been at SPU for 14 years. He teaches courses in individual, couple, and family psychology and human sexuality. His research and writing are in the areas of relational psychology and international psychology.
Congratulations, Professor Thoburn!