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Obituary for Sol L. Garfield

SOL L. GARFIELD, PhD, age 86 died August 14, 2004 in Cleveland, Ohio of a heart attack. Services are private. Immediate survivors: wife Amy Garfield, sons Stan Garfield and David Garfield, daughters Joan Garfield and Ann Olszewski, and 7 grandchildren. He was the director of the Clinical Psychology Training program at Washington University from 1970 to 1986, and was Professor Emeritus since 1986. Since receiving his doctorate in clinical psychology from Northwestern University in 1942, Dr. Garfield  held teaching positions in several psychology departments, including those of Northwestern University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Nebraska, Ohio State University, and Columbia University. A certified practitioner since 1947, he served as a clinical psychologist with the U.S. Army and as chief clinical psychologist at several V.A. Hospitals. He  also held prominent positions in many professional societies, including President of the American Psychological Association's Division of Clinical Psychology; President of the Society of Psychotherapy Research; and member of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Psychological Intervention Guidelines. From 1979 to 1984, Dr. Garfield served as the editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

He became a clinical psychologist at the beginning of the movement; his career covered the history of the field from World War II to the present day.  Over the course of his long and distinguished career, Sol L. Garfield received numerous prestigious awards, including the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Contribution to Knowledge Award, the Distinguished Contribution to Clinical Psychology Award from the APA's Division of Clinical Psychology, the Society for Psychotherapy Research Distinguished Research Career Award, and the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology 3rd Annual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Training. He is the author or editor of many books, notably the first four editions of the Handbook of Psychotherapy and Behavior Change (coedited with A. E. Bergin) and Psychotherapy: An Eclectic-Integrative Approach (both published by Wiley). Dr. Garfield contributed over 150 journal articles or chapters to edited volumes.

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