Title: Psychologist, Clinical Professor
Company: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Location: Rescue, California, United States
Robert Geertsma, Psychologist and Clinical Professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of psychology and education.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago in 1950, Dr. Geertsma became a clinical psychology trainee for Veterans Administration Hines Hospital and West Side Mental Hygiene Clinic. He worked there until 1956, when he earned a PhD from the University of Chicago, and began his career as an instructor in the department of psychiatry for the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1962, he became an associate professor of medical communication at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he later became chairman of the department. In 1969, Dr. Geertsma transitioned to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (URMC), where he established and developed the division of medical education, acting as both a professor of psychiatry and chairman of the department. After opening his own private psychology practice, he became a clinical professor of the Warner School of Education and Human Development at URMC in 1986, where he remained until 1997.
In addition to his extensive career as an educator and psychologist, Dr. Geertsma worked as a consultant for various organizations over the years, including the Los Angeles County Probation Department, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the Kansas City VA Hospital. In addition, he was a member of the New York State Psychology Board from 1984 to 1994, and worked as the director of the Communication-Education Office for the Kansas Regional Medical Program from 1967 to 1969. Dr. Geertsma is a diplomate in clinical psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology. He worked to increase collaboration and communication between the United States and China on medical issues and visited the People’s Republic of China several times to learn about traditional Chinese medicine. He has written and co-authored myriad published works. As a testament to his success and influence, Dr. Geertsma has been included in the first edition of Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, the third edition of Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals, and multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.
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