by Melissa Ardery, Published April 15, 2013
YPSILANTI - Steven Huprich, a psychology professor at Eastern Michigan University, has won the national Theodore Millon Award in Personality Psychology.
Given by the Society of Clinical Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Foundation (APF), the award honors an outstanding mid-career psychologist engaged in advancing the science of personality psychology. Mid-career is considered no less than 8 years and no more than 20 years of experience (post-doctorate).
"This is one of the most meaningful accomplishments of my career," says Huprich.
The award, which includes $1000 and a plaque, will be presented in August 2013 at the annual American Psychological Association's (APA) convention in Honolulu. Millon, the award's namesake, nominated Huprich for the honor. Millon has been called the 'grandfather of personology and personality disorders.'
Huprich's efforts have been devoted to understanding depressive personality disorder. His work, which integrates clinical practice with theory and research, has made significant contributions to the field with regard to how psychologists think about the interface of mood and personality.
"I have always been interested in the trajectory that one's life takes and how one becomes a better person," says Huprich. "My focus has been on personality theory and particularly the empirical investigation of psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, and developmental theories, and personality disorder assessment, diagnosis, and conceptualization."
In July, Huprich will become the editor of the field's Journal of Personality Assessment.
"I hope that my work in this role as editor will provide a positive impact of the field in the years to come," says Huprich.
Huprich is currently working on a textbook on personality disorders that will be published by the American Psychological Association Press. He will present his latest research findings in Copenhagen in September at the bi-annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1999, and currently maintains a private practice in Northville.