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Weinberg, Richard B., Ph.D.

Weinberg, Richard B., Ph.D.

Everyone at some point in their lives experiences stress.  Although stress can be beneficial in helping individuals develop new skills, too often stress is found in threatening and violent situations that often result in trauma or death.  Dr. Rick Weinberg, a licensed psychologist, has provided crisis consultations to organizations in which employees have either been killed, witnessed a traumatic event, or taken their own lives and to public and private schools and school districts on how to organize and mobilize a crisis response team.  An avid advocate for social responsibility and Positive Psychology, Dr. Weinberg alsohas worked extensively with high school students to develop appreciation and respect for people of all cultures, religions, and sexual orientation and how to use peaceful means to resolve conflict.

The developer of the Coping Style Inventory (with Dr. Philip Drash1 1984) and the Managerial Stress Inventory (with Dr. Herbert Marlowe, 1983), Dr. Weinberg was also the host and co-producer of ‘Issues in Mental Health’, a 30-minute television show broadcasted on WUSF television, which addressed popular and relevant mental health topics. 

From 1984 to 2010, Dr. Weinberg was the director of thePredoctoral Psychology Internship Program in Public Sector Psychology, a fully accredited American Psychological Association program and a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).  Best defined as a training program in public sector service delivery, the program was unique among psychology internships in that 20% of the interns’ time was devoted to training in mental health policy research and empirically-based advocacy, and 80% of their time to providing traditional psychological services in a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional service delivery settings in the community.

Dr. Weinberg has also been the recipient of a number of grants, including a grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to provide collaborative, culturally competent mental health treatment to African American children as well as community support grants to enhance social skills competencies and peer facilitator training.

A Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Weinberg currently teaches Family Therapy, Couples Therapy,  and Medical Family Therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling’s Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate program, and ‘Behavioral Health and the Family’ in the College’s Behavioral Healthcare bachelor’s degree program.  He also teaches an undergraduate course, ‘Intimate Relationships’ for the USF World Summer Semester Abroad program in Florence Italy.

Dr. Weinberg has been honored for his community involvement by the Tampa/Hillsborough County Human Rights Council  with the Human Rights Award (cited for civil rights advocacy, involvement in local human rights organizations, and community development in the Tampa Bay area), and the Florida Psychological Association’s Public Interest award. 

Selected Publications

Weinberg, R.B. (2014).  Treating adolescents with conduct disorder.  In L. Grossman & S. Walfish (Eds.). Translating psychological research into practice: A desk reference for practicing mental health professionals (pp. 41-46).  New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Comtois, K., Pinto, B., Weinberg, R.B., & Field, C. (2005). Strategies for advancing diversity within graduate training and internship programs. Behavior Therapist, 28, 37-38.

Jacsek, C.M., Dedrick, R.F., & Weinberg, R.B. (2000). Classroom teachers' ratings of the acceptability of in-class crisis intervention services. Traumatology, 6, 1-11.

Weinberg, R.B., Cotton, D.A., & Dow, M.G. (1991). Cognitive-behavioral training in public sector psychology at the Florida Mental Health Institute. The Behavior Therapist, 14, 235-238.

Weinberg, R.B. (1990). Serving large numbers of adolescent victim-survivors: Group interventions following trauma at school. Professional Psychologv: Research and Practice, 21, 271-278.

Weinberg, R.B. (1989). Consultation and training with school-based crisis teams. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 20, 305-308.

Weinberg, R.B. (1986). The pre-doctoral psychology internship program at the University of South Florida/Florida Mental Health Institute. Professional Practice of Psychology, 7(2), 95-101.

Marlowe, H.A., & Weinberg, R. B. (Eds.). (1985). Competence development: Theory and practice in special populations. Springfield, IL: C.C. Thomas.

Marlowe, H.A., & Weinberg, R. B. (Eds.). (1985). Is mental illness preventable? New York: Human Sciences Press.