Dr. Ed Shafranske, director of the doctor of psychology program, has been named the first Muriel Lipsey Chair in Counseling and Clinical Psychology.
Shafranske earned this honor due to his many accomplishments: he is an internationally recognized scholar on the integration of psychology and religion and the development of competency based models of training and supervision of clinical psychologists; he is a fellow of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Divisions 12, 29, and 36; he received the William Bier C. Award from APA Division 36 for “sustained and substantial contributions to the psychology of religion in 1997”; he was awarded the Franz Alexander Essay Prize by the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute in 1998; he won the Charles and Harriet Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow in 1997 and the Howard A White Teaching Award in 2006; and he has delivered invited addresses in Norway, Italy, Russia, and the Netherlands.
His colleagues described him as a man who “has clearly never rested on his laurels, having received his teaching awards approximately 10 years apart and maintaining a record of productivity unmatched on our faculty,” and who “supports the Pepperdine mission in both his personal and professional life.” One colleague enthused that Shafranske “has not only pursued his own scholarship at a phenomenal level, but also provided leadership to our APA-accredited doctoral program, including a successful APA site visit and several curriculum revisions. He is also an extremely conscientious citizen of the University, serving in multiple leadership positions in his 20-plus years at Pepperdine.”
Dr. Margaret Weber, dean of GSEP, noted, “These comments represent a picture of an extraordinary human being. Our students are the beneficiary of your excellence as a remarkable teacher, scholar, and member of the University community. It is a pleasure to be Ed’s colleague and experience his graciousness, kindness, and respectful and ethical interactions.”