Stephen E. Berger

Assistant professor

Areas of Focus: Psychotherapy



  • Ph.D. , University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 1971.
  • M.S., University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 1968.
  • A.B., University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 1966.


Stephen E. Berger, PhD is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychology faculty member at The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California (ASPP, Southern California). Dr. Berger received his Ph.D. from the University of Miami in Florida in 1971. He had training at the University Health Clinic, at Jackson Memorial Hospital; at an outpatient mental health center; and at the Veteran’s Hospital on the only in-patient unit with male and female veterans. His internship was at Camarillo State Hospital in California where he had rotations on the child unit, on the adolescent unit, and on the mental retardation unit. He was selected as Intern of the Year. He served on the faculty of the University of Southern California from 1971-1978. He was primarily responsible for the graduate course in Psychological Assessment and taught and supervised psychotherapy courses and training, as well Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. From 1972-1982 he served as a Consulting Psychologist for the Counseling Section of the Occupational Health Service of Los Angeles County and was the Chief Occupational Health Psychologist for the County’s largest Department, the Department of Health Services from 1978-1982. He has taught graduate psychology courses for the California School of Professional Psychology, the California Graduate Institute, and most recently for ASPP, Southern California including courses on Law and Ethics, Consultation and Supervision, Psychotherapy and several Forensic Psychology courses. He has more than 100 invited addresses, workshops conducted, presentations at State, Regional and at American Psychological Association (APA) Conventions, as well as peer reviewed journal and book chapter publications. Dr. Berger received his psychology license in 1972. He received the American Board of Professional Psychology diploma in Clinical Psychology in 1984. He also has Diplomates in Psychopharmacology, Forensic Psychology and Serious Mental Illness. He conducts a general psychology practice, treating the entire age range. He has specializations with children and with neuropsychological assessment. He has been involved in a number of forensic areas including criminal cases, personal injury cases and the defense of mental health professionals in mal practice cases and Board complaint cases. Dr. Berger has received awards and honors from the Orange County Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association and from the Association for the Advancement of Psychology, which is psychology’s national Political Action Committee (PAC) for his contributions and political advocacy on behalf of professional psychology. He was one of the 8 individually named psychologist plaintiff’s in the famous CAPP v. Rank case in which the California Supreme Court affirmed the California statute that granted independent hospital practice rights for Clinical Psychologists.


  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Forensic Psychology


  • Orange County Psychological Association
  • California Association of Psychology Providers
  • American Psychological Association

Selected Publications

  • Berger, S.E., & Berger, M.A. Tarasoff “duty to warn” clarified. The National Psychologist, March/April 2009.
  • Berger, S.E., & Berger, M.A. (2005). Duty to Warn Expanded by California Court. Advance, 4.
  • Berger, S.E. (1992). CAPP v. Rank: More of the Inside Story. The Independent Practitioner, 12, 54-57.
  • Chang, A.F., Berger, S.E., & Chang, B. (1981). The relationship of student self-esteem and teacher empathy to classroom learning. Psychology, A Quarterly Journal of Human Behavior, 18, 21-25.
  • Berger, S. E., Millham, J., Jacobson, L.I.,& Anchor, K.N. (1978). Prior self-disclosure, sex differences, and actual confiding in an interpersonal encounter. Journal of Small Group Behavior, 555-562.

Selected Lectures

  • Berger, S.E. Privacy, Confidentiality, Privilege. Argosy University Faculty Master Lecture Series. Orange, CA., December, 2010.
  • Berger, S.E. Personality Theories. Alliant University, Irvine, CA. September, 2009.
  • Berger, S.E. Ethics and Law: Emphasis on Expanded Duty to Warn. Harbor View Community Services, Long Beach, CA., Feb., 2005.
  • Berger, S.E. CAPP v. Rank: Implications for the Future of Professional Psychology. Psychology Department, University of Miami, Florida, April, 1994.
  • Berger, S.E. Learning Disabilities. Psychiatric Clinic for Youth, Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Long Beach, California, 1989.

Selected Presentations

  • Berger, S.E. Up-date and Making Practical Sense of Ethics and Laws for Psychologists: Part II. National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers 3rd Annual Continuing Education and Practice Development Conference, San Diego, California, October, 2011.
  • Berger, S.E. Up-date and Making Practical Sense of Ethics and Laws for Psychologists: Part I. National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers 3rd Annual Continuing Education and Practice Development Conference, San Diego, California, October, 2011.
  • Brown, M., Parekh, B., Berger, s., and Ybaben, M. Effects of Music on Nursing Facility Residents. Poster Session: American Psychological Association Meeting, San Diego, California, August, 2010.
  • Berger, S. E. Symposium Participant: Psychologists in Medical-Administrative Roles Within Psychiatric Hospitals. California Psychological Association Convention, February 25, 1995.
  • Berger, S. E. Symposium Participant: Hospital Practice: Expanding Opportunities for Psychologists. Mid Winter Meetings of Divisions 29, 42, 43 of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA, March, 1993.

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