Clinical psychology, emotion, health psychology, learning, stress, personality
1927, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Charles Donald Spielberger, Ph.D. (1927 – 11 June 2013) was a clinical/community psychologist well known for his development of the State/Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). In 1972, as incoming president of the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) ...
Charles Donald Spielberger, Ph.D. (1927 – 11 June 2013) was a clinical/community psychologist well known for his development of the State/Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI).
In 1972, as incoming president of the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) he appointed the first SEPA Task Force on the Status of Women, chaired by Ellen Kimmel.
Spielberger was founding Editor (1973–76) of the American Journal of Community Psychology, official journal of Division 27 (Community Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. He was President of that Division in 1974-75. He won the Division's 1982 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Theory and Research in Community Psychology. He was president of the APA in 1991.
Spielberger was formerly Chairman of the Psychology Department at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and in 2012 belonged to a think tank there.
In 1987 Spielberger was one of the key psychologists who supported the efforts of David Pilon and Scott Mesh in their efforts to form a national graduate student association. Spielberger was very supportive and helpful in this effort along with Ray Fowler, then APA President, Virginia Staudt Sexton (St. John's University), and Pierre Ritchie (Canadian Psychological Association). In 1988 those efforts were successful and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students was formed and in thriving 25 years later with over 30,000 members.
President, APA Division 27, 1974-5, APA Division 12, 1989-90, APA, 1991-2
President, Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, 1980-3
President, International Society for Test Anxiety Research, 1984-6
President, International Council of Psychologists, 1986-7
President, Society for Personality Assessment, 1986-8
Hon. LLD, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, 1990
Hon. D, Hungarian University of Physical Education, Budapest, 1991
President, International Stress Management Association, 1992-
APA Centennial Awards for Distinguished Contributions to Knowledge and Professional Practice, and for Distinguished Sustained Contributions to Education in Psychology, 1992
Chairman, National Council of Scientific Society Presidents, 1994
President-Elect, International Association of Applied Psychology, 1994
1962 The role of awareness in verbal conditioning. In C. W. Eriksen (ed.), Behaviour and Awareness. Duke University Press (also in Journal of Personality, 30, supplement).
1966 Anxiety and Behavior. Academic Press.
1970 (ed.) Community Psychology: Perspectives in Training Research. Appleton-Century-Crofts (with I. Iscoe).
1972 (ed.) Anxiety: Current Trends in Theory and Research (2 vols). Academic Press.
1975-96 (ed.) Stress and Anxiety, vols 1-13; Stress and Emotion: Anxiety, Anger and Curiosity, vols 14-16. Hemisphere/Wiley (with LG. Samson and others).
1979 Understanding Stress and Anxiety. Harper & Row (also in Dutch, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish editions).
1979-95 Advances in Personality Assessment, vols 1-10. LEA (ed. with J. N. Butcher).
1987 Effects of smoking on heart rate, anxiety, and feelings of success during social interaction. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 10, 629-38 (with D. G. Gilbert).
1988 The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). In M. Hersen and A. S. Bellack (eds), Dictionary of Behavioural Assessment Techniques. Pergamon.
1991 War-related stress: Addressing the stress of war and other traumatic events. American Psychologist, 46, 848-55 (with S. E. Hobfoll, S. Breznitz, C. Figley, S. Folkman, B. Lepper-Green, D. Meichenbaum, N. A. Milgram, I. Sandler, I. Samson and B. van der Kolk).
1995 (ed.) Test Anxiety: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment. Hemisphere/Taylor and Francis (with P. R. Vagg).
1996 Personality characteristics of users of smokeless tobacco compared with cigarette smokers and non-users of tobacco products. Personality and Individual Differences, (with J. P. Foreyt, G. K. Goodrick and E. C. Reheiser).