Larry E. Beutler, PhD

Larry Beutler

Title: Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Psychologist
Company: Palo Alto University
Location: El Dorado Hills, California, United States

Larry E. Beutler, William McInnes Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Psychologist at Palo Alto University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychology education.

Dr. Beutler became interested in psychology in the 1960’s while working with underserved people in North Carolina in the Appalachians. He became concerned with their plights and what could be done. Dr. Beutler had an interest in being of help. It led to his career choice. Since then, he has developed an empirically grounded program in systematic treatment selection, which is a method of applying differential treatment and has been successfully used with major depression, chemical abuse treatment and both in- and outpatient populations, it has also been applied to the therapeutic use of horse-human relationships. One of the hallmarks of his career has been applying the horses treatment principles that integrate the many approaches to psychotherapy. Through the years, Dr. Beutler has been instrumental in developing pragmatic treatments that are supported directly by scientific evidence rather than relying on abstract theory.

Dr. Beutler earned an AsSci degree in sociology with a minor in chemistry and mathematics from Ricks College in 1963. He continued his academic pursuits to receive Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in psychology from Utah State University in 1965 and 1966. The latter degree included a certificate in School Psychology and Counseling. During this time, he was named a Graduate Research Fellow for his work with deaf children.

Dr. Beutler earned a PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1970. While pursuing his PhD, Dr. Beutler interned in clinical psychology at the Norfolk State Hospital and Mental Health Clinic. He has been licensed to practice clinical psychology in California, Arizona, Texas, and North Carolina; he also is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology.

In 2002, Dr. Beutler was appointed as a Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU) with a joint appointment at Stanford University and the Naval Postgraduate School where he was the Director of the National Center for the Psychology of terrorism.  In 2012, he was named the William McInnes Distinguished Professor of clinical psychology at Palo Alto University.  In 2016, Dr. Beutler retired but continued to carry the honorary title of Distinguished Professor, now with the emeritus status.

Prior to his appointment at Palo Alto University and Stanford University, Dr. Beutler taught at Duke University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Arizona, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He has contributed his expertise in psychology to the Pima County Court, the South Tucson Police Department and the Marana Health Clinic and has served on the Boards of the El Dorado County Mental Health Programs and the Center for Violence Free Relationships. For his work, he has received awards from the American Psychological Association, Minho University (Portugal), the Arizona Psychological Association and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology among many other institutions.

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