Ask Cecil Reynolds, PhD, about the path he took to become a leading researcher in the fields of educational psychology and neuropsychology and he'll start by naming the mentors who guided him along the way.
As an undergraduate, his experimental psychology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Robert T. Brown, PhD, sparked his interest in psychology through the challenges of studying behavior.
"We did a lot of experiments, and he used that to teach experimental psychology, and I decided I wanted to be a psychology major," Reynolds says.
When he was applying to graduate school and looking at programs in child psychology and school psychology, the time spent with Paul Torrance, PhD, during a program site visit drew him to studying school psychology at the University of Georgia.
As the new editor of the journal Psychological Assessment, Reynolds wants to promote the benefits of mentoring with new researchers who have great ideas that need fine-tuning.
Reynolds, an professor emeritus of educational psychology and professor of neuroscience at Texas A&M University, is establishing an informal mentoring process at the journal, to offer new researchers and authors a chance to work with veteran, well-published researchers. If a researcher new to the discipline submits a manuscript with an innovative idea backed by strong research—but the idea isn't presented well—a veteran researcher will be sought out to work with the novice to improve the presentation of the work.
Reynolds also wants to broaden the scope of research presented by the journal. From his perspective, the journal has overemphasized adult personality assessment research in the past. His goal is to make the journal the first choice for psychologists pursuing cutting-edge research across a wider array of topics, such as central nervous system functioning, intellect and compatibility measurements of married couples.
"Obviously, personality is a major area and we'll continue to pursue that, but we're just going to look for better balance," he says.
Reynolds brings a range of accomplishments as a researcher, practitioner and leader in the discipline of psychology to his role as editor. Reynolds was a licensed practitioner in Texas from 1982 until retiring from his clinical practice in favor of writing and consulting in 2004. He has served as president of Div. 5 (Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics), Div. 16 (School) and Div. 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) as well as of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology.
He is also known for developing the BASC-2 scale with colleague Randy Kamphaus, PhD. An assessment system for emotional and behavior problems, it is widely employed throughout public schools in the United States.
For Psychological Assessment guidelines and manuscript submission information, visit the Psychological Assessment Web site.