Dr. Binder received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1971. Before joining the faculty of the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in 1991, he had been Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, and Research Associate Professor of Psychology and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Vanderbilt University. In these faculty positions, Dr. Binder taught psychiatry residents and psychology interns inpatient and outpatient psychotherapy with adults and adolescents. For a decade, he was a senior researcher at the Vanderbilt Center for Psychotherapy Research. Dr. Binder also directed an outpatient community mental health clinic, as well as adolescent and adult inpatient programs at a private psychiatric hospital. Before returning to a full-time faculty teaching position, he was Dean for two years and directed our Clinical Psychology Program for seven years. Dr. Binder teaches courses on brief psychotherapy, therapy process and consultation/supervision.
For the past thirty years, Dr. Binder's research interests have focused on learning processes associated with developing psychotherapy skills, the development of structured psychotherapy training modules, the assessment of psychotherapy training, and the intensive study of psychotherapy process through mixed-method single case analyses. He has given over 60 presentations and workshops world-wide, and he has over 40 publications, including two books on short-term psychotherapy that have received wide acclaim. A third book on this topic has recently been published. He has held office in regional and national professional organizations. Dr. Binder's contributions to the field of psychology have been recognized by the American Psychological Association, the Georgia Psychological Association, and the Academy of Clinical Psychology, all of which have elected him to Fellow status.
Work experience: Private Practice (1991-present); Dean of Georgia School of Professional Psychology (2001-2006); Program Chair of Georgia School of Professional Psychology (1997-2006); Director of Psychology Services, Cumberland Hall Psychiatric Hospital (1989-1991); Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University (1984-1991); Senior Consultant, Vanderbilt Center for Psychotherapy Research (1984-1989); Research Associate Professor of Psychology, Vanderbilt University (1980-1983); Director of Outpatient Services, Region Ten Mental Health Services, Charlottesville, VA (1976-1980); Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Virginia (1976-1980); Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical Center (1972-1976); Research Psychologist, Washtenaw County Mental Health Center (1971-1972); Chief Psychologist, Livingston Mental Health Center (1970-1971).