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Leslie C. Morey

B.S. Psychology, 1977

Leslie C. MoreyDr. Leslie Morey is an internationally recognized expert in clinical psychopathology and assessment. His work focuses on assessment, diagnosis, and classification of personality and psychopathology; personality disorders; and alcoholism. Dr. Morey recently recalled the influence of an NIU professor, “[Dr. Joe Grush] taught my Personality Theory class, which I enjoyed so much that I went on to become a Psychology major, and eventually to do personality research; I have now taught that class myself for 25 plus years.”

Dr. Morey graduated cum laude from NIU in 1977 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Accounting. As an undergraduate, Dr. Morey was honored with the Dean’s Award for Academic and Community Services. He went on to earn his M.S. and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florida.

Dr. Morey’s distinguished academic career includes work at Yale University and Vanderbilt University where he served as Director of Clinical Training for six years. He is currently Professor of Psychology at Texas A&M University; he served as Head of the Department of Psychology from 2006 to 2010.

In addition to serving on the editorial boards of several journals, Dr. Morey is also a member of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-V Work Group to establish diagnostic concepts for personality disorders. He may be best known for his development of the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), which has set the standard for empirically based approaches to assessing personality and psychopathology.

Among an elite group of researchers listed in the Institute for Scientific Information’s Essential Science Indicators (ESI), Dr. Morey is listed in the Psychiatry/Psychology group, which recognized his contribution to scientific literature as among the top 1% of cited scientists in the field; his work has been cited over 4,600 times.

Dr. Morey is a Fellow in the American Association of Applied and Preventative Psychology, a Fellow in the Society for Personality Assessment, and in 2007 was listed among the 50 most productive scholars in clinical psychology over the past decade. Published in over 200 scientific articles and book chapters, Dr. Morey has also obtained approximately $3.5 million in external funding. He has trained numerous Ph.D. students who have gone on to their own successful careers.