Clark R. Clipson, Ph.D.
Clipson and Osterloh, APC

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California School of Professional Psychology - San Diego
APA approved program in Clinical Psychology
M.A. 1978, Ph.D. 1980

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Majored in Comparative Religion and Psychology
Graduated cum laude
B.A. 1975

Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
Junior year abroad, 1973 - 1974

Woodward Academy, College Park, Georgia
Graduated with honors, 1971



Private Practice
Clipson & Osterloh, APC, San Diego, CA

Established and developed a private practice with Christine Osterloh, Ph.D.
Specializing in forensic, psychological and neuropsychological assessment; individual and
and family therapy; supervision of psychological assistants, lectures and workshops, and
consultation to community agencies.  1/82 - present

Director of Psychological Services
Alvarado Parkway Institute, La Mesa, CA

Administration of a department of psychology for a private psychiatric hospital.
Supervision and training of interns in providing psychotherapy and assessment services.
2/91 - 12/97 

Psychological and Counseling Services of North County, Vista, CA

Individual, group and family therapy with low-income adults in an outpatient setting.
Psychological asessment, supervision of psychology interns.
2/83 - 6/87

Mental Health Consultant
San Diego County Mental Health Adolescent Inpatient Unit. 

Individual, group and family therapy, psychological assessment with adolescents in an

inpatient setting.
9/81 - 1/83
Psychology Intern Positions -
San Diego County Mental Health, Family Service Association and San Dieguito Union High School District
9/77 - 8/80


Adjuct Faculty 
California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

Clinical Supervisor of fourth year graduate students.  9/91 - 6/97
Ethics and Legal Issues in Professional Psychology.  9/91 - 12/00
Cognitive and Intelligence Testing.  1/98 - 12/04
Clinical Inference in Psychological Assessment.  9/01 - 6/06
Forensic Psychological Assessment.  9/02 - 6/06 

Instructor, National University.

Undergraduate and Master's level courses in basic counseling skills, advanced

psychotherapy, family therapy, abnormal psychology, self-development and
psychological assessment.
2/81 - 3/86


  • Francis Parker High School Athletic Department
  • California Department of Mental Health
  • Forensic Assessment Project
  • National University
  • San Diego Juvenile Court
  • New Attitudes Residential Eating Disorders Program
  • The Bridge
  • Naval Alcohol Safety Action Program
  • California Department of Social Services
  • Project Oz
  • San Diego Birth Control Institute


Clipson, Clark (1989) "Confronting Bulimia Squarely and Winning" Better Health,
Vol. 10, No. 5, pages 15 - 20.

Clipson, Clark and Steer, Jocelyn (1998) Casebook for Abnormal Psychology.

Clipson, Clark (2004) "Illustrated Case Report: Psychological Evaluation" in
Lichtenberger, E., Mather, N., Kaufman, N. and Kaufman, A. Essentials of Assessment Report Writing.  Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Clipson, Clark (2004) "Practical Considerations in the Interview and Evaluation of Sexual Offenders" co-published in the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, Vol. 12, No. 3/4 and in Geffner, R., Franey, K., Arnold, T. and Falconer, R., eds.  Identifying and Treating Sex Offenders: Current Approaches, Research and Techniques.  Hayworth Press, Inc.

Franey, K., Clipson, C., Viglione, D., Wayson, P. and Brager, R. (2005) "An Investigation of Successfully Treated Adolescent Sex Offenders" co-published in the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, Vol. 13, No: 3/4 and in Geffner, R., Franey, K., Arnold, T. and Falconer, R., eds, Identifying and Treating Youth Who Sexually Offend: Current Approaches, Techniques and Research.  Hayworth Press, Inc.

Clipson, Clark (2005) "Misuse of Psychologist Influence: Multiple Relationships" in Bucky, S., Callan, J. and Stricker, G. eds., Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals: A Comprehensive Handbook of Principles and Standards.  New York: Hayworth Press, Inc.

Goldenson, J., Geffner, R., Foster, S. and Clipson, C. (2007) "Female Domestic Violence Offenders: Their Attachment Security, Trauma Symptoms and Personality Organization" in Violence and Victims, Vol. 22, No. 5.


  • Assessment of posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Evaluating the accused sex offender
  • Assessing defendants' understanding and appreciation of their Miranda rights
  • Assessment of learning disabilities
  • Understanding the dynamics of intra-family murders
  • Evaluation and risk assessment of sexual offenders
  • Assessment of violence risk in domestic violence perpetrators
  • Forensic Psychological Assessment for Attorneys
  • Professional dual relationships
  • Preventing therapist sexual abuse
  • Risk management in clinical practice
  • Assessment and treatment of male batterers
  • Violence risk assessment and psychopathy  


· American Psychological Association
· California Psychological Association

· San Diego Psychological Association
     - Chair, Student Committee, 1/08 - present
     - Chair, Fellows Task Force, 1/03 – 2/05
     - Past-President’s Committee, 1/98 - present
- Elected to Fellow status, 1/98
- President, 2/95 - 2/96
- Board of Directors, 2/94 - 1/97
- Long-range Planning Committee, 2/93 - 1/97
- Psychopharmacology Committee, 6/94 - 2/96
- Chair, Hospital Practice Committee, 1/93 - 1/94
     - Chair, Ethics and Standards Committee, 1/89 - 2/92
. National Academy of Neuropsychology

. Society for Personality Assessment

. California Coalition on Sexual Offending
· San Diego Psych-Law Society



Fellow, San Diego Psychological Association, 1998
· Who’s Who Among Health Service Providers, 1986
· International Youth in Achievement Award, 1981
· Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1980
· San Diego County Mental Health Psychology Intern Representative - 1979
· Graduated cum laude from Duke University, 1975





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