Higher Education

Clinical Psychology, 8th Edition

  • Timothy Trull University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Mitch Prinstein
  • ISBN-10: 0495508225  |  ISBN-13: 9780495508229
  • 688 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 2002, 2001
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $254.25
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In language your students will understand and enjoy reading, Timothy Trull's CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY offers a concrete and well-rounded introduction to clinical psychology. A highly respected clinician and researcher, Dr. Trull examines the rigorous research training that clinicians receive, along with the empirically supported assessment methods and interventions that clinical psychologists must understand to be successful in the field. This new edition of Trull's bestselling text covers cutting-edge trends, as well as offers enhanced coverage of culture, gender and diversity, and contemporary issues of health care. Written to inspire students thinking of pursuing careers in the field of clinical psychology, this text is a complete introduction.

Features and Benefits

  • Targeted clinical psychology research designs strengthen students' introduction to and comprehension of the entire clinical world. Examples of designs include controlled observation that can be used to investigate a partner's communication patterns by observing them behind a one-way mirror, and the use of single-subject designs to observe behavior in children.
  • Numerous case illustrations, transcripts and profiles of practicing psychologists offer a well-rounded introduction to important cases and people involved in clinical psychology, spanning across such fields as child clinical and assessment clinical psychology.
  • Hot topics of professional ethic codes, such as the APA's 2002 ETHICAL PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGISTS AND CODE OF CONDUCT, are highlighted throughout the text with enhanced coverage.
  • Profiles of actual clinical psychologists offer a well-rounded view of the people and accomplishments in the field of clinical psychology. Among others, clinicians included are: Judith Beck of Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and Research; John Exner of the Rorschach Workshops; Richard McFall of Indiana University; and Sam Turner of the University of Maryland.
  • Hands-on activities in the Instructor's Manual will engage students and enrich their learning experience with classmates.
  • Strong emphasis on empirically validated assessment methods and interventions and briefer forms of psychotherapy are presented in assessment chapters 8 and 9, and intervention chapters 11 and 14.
  • Chapter-opening "Focus Questions" and "Chapter Outlines" introduce students to the forthcoming material. Key terms and their definitions are included at the end of the chapter to help students study the new vocabulary.
  • Five chapters are devoted to specific specialties in clinical psychology: community psychology; health psychology and behavioral medicine; neuropsychology; forensic psychology; and pediatric and clinical child psychology.
  • Four historical timelines ("Significant Events in Assessment", "Significant Events in Intervention", "Significant Events in Research", and "Events in the Profession of Clinical Psychology") visually capture the history of clinical psychology.
  • Assessment forms and checklists, including the "Behavioral Assessment Scale -- The Direct Observation Form of the Child Behavior Checklist" and "The Interaction Behavior Checklist", allow students to be directly involved in the material presented. Additional coverage of contemporary tests, including the MMPI-2, NEO-PI-R and the "five factor model", brings clinical psychology right to students.
  • The end of each chapter features lists of key websites, as well as InfoTrac College Edition search terms. Both allow students to keep their knowledge of the field up to the minute!
  • The Instructor's Manual with Test Bank offers class discussion and presentation ideas, a list of film and video resources, and website exercises.

Table of Contents

1. Clinical Psychology: An Introduction.
2. Historical Overview of Clinical Psychology.
3. Current Issues in Clinical Psychology.
4. Research Methods in Clinical Psychology.
5. Diagnosis and Classification of Psychological Problems.
6. The Assessment Interview.
7. The Assessment of Intelligence.
8. Personality Assessment.
9. Behavioral Assessment.
10. Clinical Judgment.
11. Psychological Interventions.
12. Psychotherapy: The Psychodynamic Perspective.
13. Psychotherapy: Phenomenological and Humanistic-Existential Perspectives.
14. Psychotherapy: Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Perspectives.
15. Group Therapy, Family Therapy, and Couples Therapy.
16. Community Psychology.
17. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine.
18. Neuropsychology.
19. Forensic Psychology.

What's New

  • Reflects a lifespan approach to the field of clinical psychology, with a focus on youth populations (in clinical child and adolescent psychology) and adult populations (in clinical adult psychology) that are the subject of research, assessment, and treatment in the field.
  • Highlights past and present issues that are relevant to the profession of clinical psychology.
  • Focuses on issues concerning the application of clinical psychology (e.g., testing, treatment, etc.).
  • Presents personal perspectives about the general field of clinical psychology, as well as specialties in clinical psychology written by clinical psychologists.
  • Offers personal perspectives on applying to graduate school and being a graduate student in clinical psychology.
  • Provides a primer for applying to graduate programs in clinical psychology. This feature (in the Appendix) highlights the differences among mental health professionals, the differences between degrees in clinical psychology, the differences in graduate training programs for clinical psychologists, and the nuts and bolts of the application process.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Timothy Trull

Timothy J. Trull, Ph.D., is professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri. Dr. Trull received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and completed his internship at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center. His research interests are in the areas of diagnosis and classification of mental disorders; borderline personality disorder; substance use disorders; clinical assessment; professional issues in clinical psychology; and ambulatory assessment methods. Dr. Trull has received several awards and honors for his teaching and mentoring, including Psi Chi Professor of the Year, the Robert S. Daniels Junior Faculty Teaching Award, and most recently the MU Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. He enjoys teaching Abnormal Psychology and Introduction to Clinical Psychology; his textbook, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (Wadsworth) is used in classes across the U.S. and internationally. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Trull continues to train future clinical psychologists in the assessment, prevention, and treatment of psychological disorders.