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Outstanding Alumni|College of Arts and Sciences

Edward A. Wise -- 2006 Outstanding Alumnus

Doctor of Philosophy - 1980 - Psychology
Master of Science - 1978 - Psychology

     Edward A. Wise, a self-described rebellious teen, developed an interest in psychology after experiencing life changing therapy and then volunteering to help other troubled teens in a storefront community counseling center. “These experiences were profound and solidified my desire to become a psychotherapist,” he notes.
     Wise came to the University of Wyoming Department of Psychology Clinical-Community doctoral program in 1976 after receiving a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Primarily mentored by Professors Richard Pasewark, Max Rardin, and B.J. Fitzgerald, Wise has fond memories of each of them.
     “One Saturday I had come in to do some work and Richard was there. At that time I hardly knew him, other than in his official role as the chairman of the department,” recalls Wise. “He asked me into his office and inquired about my interests in the field. It seemed like a friendly ‘getting to know you’ chat, and then he asked if I had given any thought to my thesis topic or data collection methods. Of course I had not.  He invited me to read some articles he was working on with other students and offered to work with me to develop a related thesis project. It was a kind and generous offer, designed to facilitate my advancement in the program, which I later learned was so typical of him.  We published two articles together —the first publications of my career. He helped me develop the tools needed for a methodical, deliberate, and well planned research project, which serve me well to this day.”
     Widely respected in his field, Wise is a prolific writer of more than 25 peer-reviewed articles, an ad hoc reviewer for numerous professional journals, and currently serves as consulting editor for the Journal of Personality Assessment. The Journal of Clinical Psychology republished one of his articles as one of the 10 most significant contributions in the decade (1999–2003). In  similar recognition of his expertise, Wise was invited to submit a paper on methods for measuring psychotherapy outcomes for the Journal of Personality Assessment (2004). Wise has had memberships in more than 20 professional organizations. He is a fellow in the Society for Personality Assessment and holds a diploma from the American College of Forensic Examiners.
     In 2003, Wise was nominated for the Health Care Hero Award by the Memphis Business Journal for collaborative work with the health care and business communities. In 2004, he was named a “Mid South Asset” by the Memphis daily newspaper, Commercial Appeal.  Wise received the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent Practice in the Private Sector in 2005.
     Following his graduation from the University of Wyoming, Wise was accepted into the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Internship Consortium in Memphis, Tennessee. He then joined the staff at the Frayser Millington Mental Health Center. In the early 1980s, Wise and several colleagues from the mental health center opened a private practice. Later, Wise expanded his practice into one of the largest medical-surgical hospitals in the country, providing psychological evaluations, group and individual therapy to patients in psychiatric, substance-abuse, eating disorder, and medical units. He helped to establish and then chair the Division of Psychology, and he set up contracts in his private practice to offer psychological services in the community, including the county criminal courts, as well as the state prison.

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