Dr. Scott joined the Chapman faculty as Assistant Professor in 1979 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1981 and to full Professor in 1986. Upon his retirement in 2011 he was awarded Professor Emeritus status by the University President on recommendation of the senior faculty. Previously, he had served six years as Professor/Chair of Psychology and Director of the Student Counseling Center at Huntington University in Indiana. At Chapman Dr. Scott was Chair the psychology department from 1985-1989 and was on the steering committee of the American Psychological Association’s Council of Chairs of Undergraduate Psychology Departments. In the 80’s and 90’s Dr. Scott founded and directed a cross-cultural psychology exchange program between Chapman and Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City. Over 400 students participated in thirteen exchanges. This program was recognized in the APA Division 2 Journal of Teaching of Psychology.Education:
Research and Creative Work
Dr. Scott’s primary research interest is in the area of clinical assessment of personality and psychopathology. Specifically, his work utilizes the MMPI-2 and MMPI-A (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory), which has long been considered to be the preeminent self-report inventory with over 19,000 publications and use in over 75 countries. His MMPI research is in two main areas: 1. Application of the instrument with specific clinical populations such as incest families, eating disorders, earthquake victims and cocaine users. 2. Normalization and use of the MMPI-2/A in select countries and cultures including Spain, Mexico, Columbia, Peru and Puerto Rico. He collaborated with local psychologists on data collection and he also conducted MMPI2/A workshops at their universities. Dr. Scott a co-author with Dr. James Butcher (University of Minnesota) of Hispanic MMPI-A Manual, University of Minnesota Press. He also served as a reviewer of MMPI articles for the APA Journal of Psychological Assessment, 1995-1998.
In 1995/2005 Dr. Scott was producer, writer and narrator of a comprehensive educational video series titled Psychotherapy with Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Clients. This seven program series featured the contributions of 27 leading scholars and mental health professionals in LGBT psychology. It won several awards and was shown at both the American Psychological Association and the Western Psychological Association conventions. The series has been distributed to over 1500 universities, clinics, hospitals and practitioners in six different countries.
Awards and Licensure
Selected Research Publications and Educational Videos
Scott, R. L. & Stone, D. A. (1986). MMPI profile constellations in incest families.Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 54, 364-368.
Scott, R. L., Flowers, J. V., Bulnes, A, Olmstead, E., & Carbajal-Madrid, P. (2009). English-speaking and Spanish-speaking domestic violence perpetrators. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 11.
Scott, R. L. & Mamani Pampa, W. (2008). MMPI-A in Peru: Adaptation and normalization.. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology. 8, 719-732.
Scott, R. L. (Producer/writer). (2005, August). Psychotherapy with gay and lesbian client (2nd ed.). Video series presented at the convention of the American Psychological Association Convention, Hawaii.
Scott, R. L. (Producer/writer). (2005, April). Psychotherapy with gay and lesbian clients (2nd ed.) Video series presented at the convention of the Western Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco (CA).