Bill N. Kinder

Clinical Psychology, University of South Carolina, 1975

Current Positions

Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of South Florida

How did you become interested in Personality Assessment?

In graduate school, I had a couple of great professors who taught personality assessment. One, David Stenmark, was a Ray Fowler student and had a great excitement about personality assessment, especially in the integration of test results and also in using test results as a therapeutic intervention.

What are the most interesting and/or meaningful aspects of your experiences as the editor for the society's journal?

First and foremost was being in the position of "mentoring" new students as they attended SPA meetings, encouraging them to submit manuscripts to JPA, and using many of them as ad hoc reviewers. I hope this support had a lot to do with their future success. Having just received the most recent issue of JPA, in looking at the face page, I count about twenty of these individuals who are either on the Editorial Board of JPA or are members of the Board of SPA. This is very gratifying for me.

Tell us how you initially learned about and joined SPA.

I first learned about SPA from Charlie Spielberger, who was the Director of Clinical Training at the time I was hired at USF in 1976. Charlie also introduced me to a number of SPA members at an SPA meeting here in Tampa, including Irv Weiner and John Exner among others.

How has SPA impacted or benefited you or your career?

After becoming Editor of JPA, I had three job offers in the first year, all of which I turned down. My service with JPA from 1987 to 2002 as a Consulting Editor, then as an Associate Editor, and finally as Editor, was noted highly when I won the USF Distinguished Service Award in 2010. This award is given to only one individual from the whole University each year and my work with JPA and my Service as Secretary on the Board of SPA had a lot to do with my being chosen for this award.

As we look forward to SPA's 100th anniversary in 2038, what do you think is important in order for the field of personality assessment to thrive and to benefit others?

SPA needs to continue our efforts in support of students and other young professionals in the field. We need to continue our advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels. We need to become more engaged in informing many psychology doctoral departments of the true value of personality assessment, since these types of course requirements have lessened over the past few years. This will probably be the advocacy effort in which we will be the least successful, but we shouldn't give up.

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