Ronald Stolberg

Ronald Stolberg | Assistant Professor

  • California School of Professional Psychology

  • Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
  • San Diego Campus

Research Interests

Personality assessment instruments with an emphasis on the MMPI-2/MMPI-A; assessment instruments use among practicing clinicians; standard of care practices; suicide; clinical work with adolescents and families, and sport psychology

Biography

Dr. Stolberg is a native Californian and was born right here in San Diego. Despite San Diego being one of the most amazing places to live he has always had the travel bug and routinely finds himself in foreign countries either for pleasure or to work. Dr. Stolberg is a licensed clinical psychologist with a clinical specialty of working with acting out teenagers and their families. He is a strong proponent of family therapy and sees progress only when the entire system changes not just one family member. In addition, Dr. Stolberg has specialized in other high-risk groups including suicide, self-harm, and substance use disorders.

Dr. Stolberg recently published Teaching Kids to Think (Sourcebooks) with his wife, also a psychologist. Teaching Kids to Think has won several awards and been named too numerous top parenting book lists. It has also been adapted and translated into nearly 10 languages and can be found in Russia, Italy, China, Korea, and Romania just to name a few.

Dr. Stolberg regularly teaches psychological assessment courses and is a Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment. He has published and presented numerous papers on psychological assessment and is particularly interested in how culture, acculturation, and language preference manifest on psychological assessment instruments.

Finally, because of his expertise in high-risk behavior, substance use and psychological assessment Dr. Stolberg routinely finds himself working with sports leagues, television shows, and high-profile entertainers and athletes. He was the psychologist for the hit reality television show Survivor and traveled on location with the show to ensure the mental health of the contestants and has had numerous appearances on news programs as an expert on sport psychology, peak performance, and mental toughness.

Education

  • PhD, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology

Publications

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Sweetland, D. & Stolberg, R. (2017, July). Teach Your Children to Grow Smart, Confident, and Able to Think for Himself. (Russian Translation of Teaching Kids to Think). Moscow: Alpina Publishers. Bucky, S, & Stolberg, R. (2017). Multiple Relationships in Sports Psychology. In Multiple Relationships in Psychotherapy and Counseling. In A. Zur. (Ed.), New York, NY: Routledge. Blume-Marcovici, A., Stolberg, R., Khademi, M., Mackie, A.& Lam, C. (2017). Tracking our Tears: research on therapist Crying in Therapy. In A. Blume-Marcovici (Ed.), When therapists cry: Reflections on therapists' tears in therapy (pp. 23-42). New York, NY: Routledge. Blume-Marcovici, A., Schruafnagel, K, Khademi, & Stolberg, R. (2017). Supervising our tears: A guide for supervisors and trainees. In A. Blume-Marcovici (Ed.), When therapists cry: Reflections on therapists' tears in therapy (pp. 199-218). New York, NY: Routledge. Sweetland, D. & Stolberg, R. (2016, December). The Overscheduled Child: 5 Tips to Avoid the Pressure Trap. Ann Arbor Family Magazine. Sweetland, D. & Stolberg, R. (2016, May). Do Not Rush to Eat Sugar: First Teach Children Thinking (Complex Chinese Translation of Teaching Kids to Think). Taiwan: Heliopolis Culture Group. Sweetland, D. & Stolberg, R. (2016, May). Teaching Growing Children to Use Their Head (Italian Translation of Teaching Kids to Think). Rome, Italy: Urra-Feltrinelli. Sweetland, D. & Stolberg, R. (2015, November). Raise Confident and Thoughtful Children: Avoid 5 Common Parenting Traps. Boston Parents Paper, Stolberg, R. & Kauffman, C. (2015). The Utility of the MCMI-III in Child Custody Evaluations: The Impact of Clinical Norms, Journal of Child Custody, 12:3-4,325-336, DOI: 10.1080/15379418.2015.1120169 Sweetland, D & Stolberg, R. (2015, March). Teaching Kids to Think: Raising Confident, Independent, and Thoughtful Children in an Age of Instant Gratification. Chicago, IL: Sorcebooks. Kauffman, C., Stolberg, R. & Madero, J. (2015). An Examination of the MMPI-2-RF (Restructured Form) with the MMPI-2 and MCMI-III of Child Custody Litigants. Journal of Child Custody, 12:2, 129-151. Stolberg, R. (2015, June 19). Tips for Tackling Changing Role of Fatherhood. The San Diego Union-Tribune. Sweetland, D. & Stolberg, R. (2015, May 7). New Apps Encourage Brutal Cyberbullying. The San Diego Union-Tribune. Blume-Marcovici, A., Stolberg, R., & Khademi, M. (2015). Examining our Tears: Therapists' Accounts of Crying in Therapy. American Journal of Psychotherapy. 69(4): 399-421(23). Blume-Marcovici, A., Stolberg, R., & Khademi, M. (2015). When Therapist Cry: Implications for Supervision and Training. The Clinical Supervisor. Stolberg, R. (2013). Ride Across California: A family ritual. In Ritual and Healing: Stories of Ordinary and Extraordinary Transformation. (D. Eulert Editor). Motivational Press: Carlsbad, CA. Blume-Marcovici, A., Stolberg, R., & Khademi, M. (2013). Do Therapists Cry in Therapy: The role of experience and other factors in Therapist's tears. Psychotherapy. doi: 10.1037/a0031384 King, K. & Stolberg, R. (2012). So You Practice Sport Psychology: What exactly does that mean? The San Diego Psychologist. Vol. 27, No 6, pg 18-19. Levak, R., Siegel, L, Nichols, D. with Stolberg, R (2011). Therapeutic Assessment with the MMPI-2: A positive psychology approach. New York: Routledge Groth-Marnat, G., Stolberg, R., Bongar, B. & Burke, K. (2011). Integrative Personality Assessment in Special Settings. In T. M. Harwood, L. E. Beutler & G. Groth-Marnat (Eds.). Integrative Assessment of Adult Personality: Third Edition. New York: Guilford Press. Poizner, J., Stolberg, R., Lawson, G, & Bucky, S. (2010) A Cross-Cultural Examination of the MMPI-2-RF Substance Abuse Scale: Comparing Samples from Mexico and the United States. The Addictions Newsletter (TAN), Summer 2010. Bongar, B. & Stolberg, R. (2009) Risk Management with the Suicidal Patient The Register Report, Fall 2009. Stolberg, R. & Bongar, B. (2009). Assessment of Suicide Risk. In J. N. Butcher (Editor). Oxford Handbook of Personality Assessment. New York. Oxford University Press Stolberg, R., Murphy and the AUI Ethics Committee (2008). Maintaining Professionalism within Online Communities. San Diego Psychologist, Vol.23, No.3, 1-8. Stolberg, R., Bongar, B. & Groth-Marnat, G. (2003). Personality Assessment in Special Settings. In L. E. Beutler and G. Groth-Marnat (Eds.). Integrative Assessment of Adult Personality. New York: Guilford Press. Glassmire, D.M., Greene, R. L., Stolberg, R., Cripe, L. & Berry, D. (2003). Sensitivity and specificity of MMPI-2 neurologic correction factors: Receiver operating characteristics analysis. Assessment, Vol. 10, No. 3, 299-309 Stolberg, R. & Bongar, B. (2002). Assessment of Suicide Risk. In J. N. Butcher (Editor). Clinical Personality Assessment: Practical Approaches, Second Edition. New York. Oxford University Press Stolberg, R., Clark, D. C. & Bongar, B. (2002). Epidemiology, Assessment and Management of Suicide in Depressed Patients. In I. Gotlieb and C. Hammen (Eds.) The Handbook of Depression. New York: Guilford Press. Glassmire, D. M., Stolberg, R., Greene, R. L. & Bongar, B. (2001). The utility of MMPI-2 suicide items for assessing suicidal potential: Development of a suicidal potential scale. Assessment, Vol. 8, No. 3, 281-290.

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