Luiselli, James K. 1949-
LUISELLI, James K. 1949-
PERSONAL: Born January 12, 1949, in Malden, MA; son of James L. and Christine A. Luiselli; married Tracy Evans (an educator), May 28, 1990; children: Gabrielle A., Thomas P. Ethnicity: "Italian-American." Education: Tufts University, B.S., 1971; Goddard College, M.A., 1974; Boston University, Ed.D., 1979.
ADDRESSES: Home—126 Martin St., Carlisle, MA 01741. Offıce—May Institute, Inc., 1 Commerce Way, Norwood, MA 02062; fax: 781-440-0401. E-mail— [email protected].
CAREER: Eunice-Kennedy Shriver Center, Waltham, MA, laboratory research assistant, 1972-73; Walter E. Fernald School, Waltham, developmental day care specialist, 1973-74; LABB Special Education Collaborative, Arlington, MA, codirector of LAB Autistic Unit, 1974-75, director of Behavioral Intervention Project, 1975-77; Perkins School for the Blind, Water-town, MA, staff psychologist, 1979-88; private practice of clinical psychology, Carlisle, MA, 1988-96; May Institute, Inc., Norwood, MA, director of consultation services and peer review, 1996-97, director of applied research and peer review, 1997-2000, vice president for applied research and peer review, 2000-03, senior vice president for applied research, clinical training, and peer review, and director of internship program in clinical psychology, 2003—. Licensed psychologist and certified health service provider in Massachusetts; American Board of Professional Psychology, diplomate in behavior psychology, 1999; Behavior Analyst Certification Board, certification, 2001; private practice of clinical psychology. Lesley College, adjunct instructor, 1980; Harvard University, instructor at Medical School, 1996-2000; Northeastern University, clinical assistant professor, 1997-2002; presenter of workshops and seminars. McLean Hospital, assistant attending child psychologist, 1996-97, clinical affiliate in psychology, 1997-2000; Franciscan Children's Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, staff member, 1997-2002; consultant and advisor to schools and medical institutions.
MEMBER: Massachusetts Psychological Association, Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy.
AWARDS, HONORS: Outstanding journal article award, Pergamon Press, 1986.
(Editor and contributor) Behavioral Medicine and Developmental Disabilities, Springer-Verlag (New York, NY), 1989.
(Editor, with J. L. Matson and N. N. Singh, and contributor) Self-Injurious Behavior: Analysis, Assessment, and Treatment, Springer-Verlag (New York, NY), 1991.
(Editor, with M. J. Cameron, and contributor) Antecedent Control: Innovative Approaches to Behavior Support, Paul H. Brooks Publishing (Baltimore, MD), 1998.
(Editor, with C. Diament, and contributor) Behavior Psychology in the Schools: Innovations in Evaluation, Support, and Consultation, Haworth Press (West Hazleton, PA), 2002.
(Editor and contributor) Antecedent Intervention: Recent Developments in Community-focused Behavior Support, Paul H. Brookes Publishing (Baltimore, MD), 2005.
Author of legal education handbooks. Contributor to books, including Prader-Willi Syndrome: Recent Advances in Research, edited by M. L. Caldwell and R. L. Taylor, Springer-Verlag (New York, NY), 1988;Perspectives on the Use of Nonaversive and Aversive Interventions for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, edited by N. N. Singh and A. C. Repp, Sycamore Publishing (DeKalb, IL), 1990; and Handbook of Behavior Therapy with Children and Adults: A Developmental and Longitudinal Perspective, edited by R. T. Ammerman and M. Hersen, Pergamon Press (New York, NY), 1993. Contributor of articles and reviews to professional journals. Education and Treatment of Children, associate editor, 1981-84, 2001—, member of board of editors, 1984-86, 1999-2001; contributing editor, Habilitative Mental HealthCare Newsletter, 1992-96; member of board of editors, Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 1988—, Behavior Modification, 1989—, Journal of Behavioral Education, 1990-2001, Behavioral Interventions, 1996—, Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities, 1997—, Handicape Grave: Ritardo Mentale e Pluriminorazioni Sensoriali, 1999—, Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 2003—, International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 2004—, and Medical Science Monitor, 2004—.
SIDELIGHTS: James K. Luiselli told CA: "I am a clinical psychologist who has been involved in professional writing for nearly thirty years. As an undergraduate, I intended to major in journalism and got sidetracked into psychology, but I never lost my love of writing. In graduate school and during my postgraduate education, I was fortunate to associate with several professionals who were accomplished researchers and prolific writers. They published regularly in peer-reviewed journals, wrote book chapters, and on occasion published an edited volume. I learned much from these experiences and have continued in that vein.
"My writing has focused on clinical and educational research, primarily through empirical studies, scientific reports, review articles, and commentaries. I've also contributed chapters to books and, to date, edited four books on a variety of topics in psychology, behavioral medicine, and professional practice. I mentor graduate students, psychology interns, and colleagues on research issues and dissemination through publication. I've also presented workshops and seminars on writing for publication in human services and plan to publish a professional guidebook on the topic.
"For me, writing is a wonderfully creative process, and it is something integral to my clinical work. I enjoy conducting a research project, reporting the findings to colleagues, and establishing a publication record that defines my work. Being published has many advantages, allowing a professional to be seen as an expert in a given field, leading to referrals and producing additional writing opportunities. I integrate writing into my weekly schedule and usually have multiple projects going on at the same time.
"For inspiration, I look to the work of colleagues and other researchers. However, I find similar direction from writers who are not psychologists or related professionals. Garrison Keillor, Annie Lamott, David Mamet, and William F. Buckley, Jr. are just a few of the authors I admire. I would add that Lamott's book, Bird by Bird, and Stephen King's, On Writing, are two of the best sources of writing advice available.
"My desire is to continue writing about the issues that interest me. I have concentrated on professional topics germane to my clinical specialties but would like to tackle other areas. Being a psychologist, I envision writing short fiction pieces, and perhaps books, which blend mystery with dastardly deeds and mayhem (think Jonathan Kellerman). And somewhere in that mix is a memoir, combining life events with, I hope, sage advice. It's the craft of writing that I love, and I expect it will always be so."