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Nolan Penn
Nolan Penn, PhD
Adjunct Faculty - School of Psychology
La Jolla, CA

PhD, Clinical/Experimental Psychology
University of Denver, 1958

Areas of Instruction:

  • Research Methods and Philosophy of Science
  • Psychopathology
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Personality Research Studies in Multicultural Populations Using Psychometric Instruments (e.g., MMPI-2, MMPI-A, Psy5Factors, Rorschach, BDI, GAMA for Spanish Speaking Populations, MCM III, MACI, MAPI)
  • Clinical-Forensic Psychology

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

Research Interests:
  • Acculturation and Personality Research Studies on Multicultural Populations Using Psychometric Instruments
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
Practice Interests:
  • Clinical Psychology Consultation
  • Clinical-Forensic Psychology Consultation
  • Research Consultation

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Experts in Trauma (Fellow)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (Fellow)
  • American Forensics Society (Fellow)
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association (Fellow)
  • American Orthopsychiatry Association (Fellow)
  • American Psychotherapy Association (Fellow)
  • American Psychological Association, (F1, 3, 12, 27, 45, 49, 52)
  • American Psychological Society (Fellow)
  • American Public Health Association
  • Association of Academic Minority Physicians (AAMP)
  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • California Psychological Association
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • InterAmerican Society of Psychologists
  • International Congress of Social Psychology (Fellow)
  • International Council of Psychologists
  • International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB)
  • Sigma XI
  • Society for Personality and Assessment (Fellow)
  • Western Psychological Association (Fellow)

Honors and Awards:

  • 2002: Helen Margulies Mehr, Ph.D. Award, Division of Public Interest, California Psychological Association 1998: Diplomate, Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
  • 1997: Diplomate, Academy of Psychotherapists
  • 1996: Diplomate, American College of Forensic Examiners
  • 1982: Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • 1965: Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology, American Psychological Association (ABPP)
  • Fellow: American Academy of Experts in Trauma, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, American Forensics Society, American Group Psychotherapy Association, American Orthopsychiatry Association, American Psychological Society, American Psychotherapy Association, International Congress of Social Psychology, Society for Personality and Assessment, Western Psychological Association


  • Saba, L., Boscan, D. C., Penn, N. E. (in press). The MMPI-2/A in Venezuela: Preliminary findings. In R. J. Velasquez & M. Garrido (Eds.). Mahway, NJ: Lawrence J. Erlbaum.
  • Boscan, D. C., Penn, N. E., Velasquez, R. J., Savino, A. V., Maness, P., Guzman, M., & Reimann, J. (2002). MMPI-2 performance of Mexican male university students and prison inmates. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58(4), 465-470.
  • Boscan, D. C., Penn, N. E., Velasquez, R. J., Reimann, J., Gomez, N., Guzman, M., Berry, E. M., & Infants, L. D. (2000). MMPI-2 profiles of Colombian, Mexican, and Venezuelan university students. Psychological Reports, 87, 107-110.
  • Nesbitt, M. N., & Penn, N. E. (2000). Gender stereotypes after thirty years: A replication of Rosenkrantz et al. (1960), Psychological Reports, 87, 493-511.
  • Penn, N. E., Kramer, J., Skinner, R. J., Velasquez, R. J., Yee, B. W. K., Arrellano, L.M., & Williams, J. P. (2000). Health practices and health care systems among cultural groups. In R. M. Eisler & M. Hersen (Eds.), Handbook of gender, culture, and health (pp. 105-137). Mahway, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.


  • Penn, N. E. (2004, February). Aging and diversity: Group therapy with African American senior citizens. AGPA National Meeting, New York, NY.
  • Penn, N. E., Jella, S. H., Boscan, D., Maness, P. J., & Valesquez, R. J. (2001, September). MMPI-2 profiles of Mexican-born DUI offenders and nonoffenders. Poster session presented at annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Funded Grants/Contracts:

  • 2001: Computer Scoring of the Spanish Language GAMA Data Answer Sheets. (Agreement between Nolan Penn and NCS-Pearson Associates, Minneapolis, MN to share data), $5,000-$8,000 approximate in-kind worth.

Professional Experience:

  • Doctoral Faculty, School of Psychology, Fielding Graduate University.

Other Professional Activities:

  • 1999-present: Director, Cross-Cultural Personality Research Studies Team (CCPRST), School of Psychology, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA.
  • 1997-present: Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, University of California, San Diego, School of medicine, La Jolla, CA.
  • 1994-present: American Group Psychotherapy Association, National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists.
  • 1970-present: Examiner, American Board of Professional Psychology, American Psychological Association.
  • 2002-2005: Ethics Committee, California Psychological Association.
  • 2000-2004: Senior Forensic Psychologist (part time), San Diego County Mental health Services, San Diego, CA.
  • 1955-1954: Internship, Metropolitan State Hospital, Norwalk, CA.
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