Scott Fraser is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where he was on faculty for 24 years, including positions of Associate Dean, Director of Clinical Training, and Director of Internship Training. He has a BA in Psychology with minors in Sociology/Anthropology from the State University of New York, College at Cortland, and a MA in Clinical Psychology from Fresno State University. His doctorate in Clinical Psychology is from Miami University. He has a passion for teaching, twice being given the outstanding teaching award by the doctoral student body in the School of Professional Psychology. A licensed clinical psychologist, he spent 14 years directing a hospital based crisis and brief therapy center, and is an expert in crisis intervention, emergency, and systems intervention.
Dr. Fraser’s specialties also include couple and family therapy, where he is an approved supervisor in the Founders Track of the AAMFT. His book, Integrative Families and Systems Treatment (IFAST): A Strengths-Based Common Factors Approach (2014, Oxford University Press) is a pioneering common factor manual for training practitioners in evidence supported interventions with at-risk youth and families. Following the theme of psychotherapy intervention, he published another book, Second-Order Change in Psychotherapy: The Golden Thread that Unifies Effective Treatments (2007, APA Books), and his newest book is Unifying Effective Psychotherapies: Tracing the Process of Change (2018, APA Books). Scott has also been honored to have his clinical work with a demonstration client included in the Psychotherapy Integration Series of The APA Psychotherapy Video Series (2017, APA Videos).
Scott has trained and lectured widely in the US and abroad. He has done extensive work on trauma in Israel, and trained family and systems therapists throughout Germany, as well as in India. The IFAST treatment manual noted above is now being used in India, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Germany. He looks forward to offering a multicultural and international perspective in his courses in Abnormal Psychology, Human Sexuality, and Death, Dying and Grief. We are likely to find that what appears normal or abnormal within our dominant cultures will look very different when viewed through the international lens of Semester at Sea!