Ernst Gunter Beier

Breslau (Wrocław) 1916 – Salt Lake City 2015

Born in Breslau, Germany, 1916. Escape from Nazi Germany to Switzerland, 1936. Emigrated to the United States, 1938. BA from Amherst College, 1940. Worked as chemist at Socony Vacuum Oil Company, 1940-42. Service in the US Army, Mountain Troops, then Infantry in the European theater of war, 1943-45. Awarded the Silver Battle Star for having fought in five battles. Prisoner of war in Germany, 1945. PhD in Psychology from Columbia University, 1948. Professorship at Syracuse University 1948-53. Married to Frances Redlich, 1949. Professorship at University of Utah, 1954-82. Dedicated to writing, skiing and sailing since retirement.


  • Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Hypnosis
  • B.A. Amherst College 1940
  • Ph.D. Columbia University 1949

Selected awards

  • 1981: Outstanding Contributions to Psi Chi, National Honor Society.
  • 1984: Honorary Doctorate, California School of Professional Psychology.
  • 1985: Distinguished Service to Psychology , Utah Psychological Association.
  • 1989: Distinguished Psychology Award, APA Div 29 (Psychotherapy).
  • 1992: Carl Heiser Award for Advocacy of Psychology, American Psychological Association.
  • 1998: Award to its first president for distinction in the field of International Psychology, International Psychology Division of the APA.

Positions held

  • 1948-53: Assistant Prof.of Psychology, Syracuse University, NY.
  • 1953-1957: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Univ. of Utah.
  • 1957-1986: Prof.and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, Univ. of Utah.
  • 1986 to present: Prof Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Univ. of Utah.

Selected offices

  • 1959: President, Utah Psychological Association.
  • 1969: President, Rocky Mountain Psychological Association.
  • 1969: President, Family Services Society, Utah.
  • 1971-84, 1987-90: APA Council of Representatives.
  • 1972-75: Chair, Board of Examiners (licensing of psychologists in Utah).
  • 1976-79: Editor, Psychotherapy Bulletin.
  • 1976-84: Chair, Professional Advisory Bdoard, Children’s Center, Utah.
  • 1978: Chair, International Relations Committee, APA.
  • 1978-81: Chair, Public Interest Coalition, APA.
  • 1979: Vice President, Psi Chi.
  • 1968-73: Member of Small Grants Review Committee, Washington DC.
  • 1981: Chair, APA Convention Board.
  • 1985: President, Division of Psychotherapy, APA.
  • 1988-­91: Finance Committee, APA.
  • 1990­-93: Executive Board, APA Div 29.
  • 1991­-93: Board member, Regional Committee. (ABPP).
  • 1995: Editor, Bulletin of the Academy of Clinical Psychology (ABPP).
  • 1998: President, Division of International Psychology APA Div 52.
  • 1992: Principle investigator, grant (with J. Poulton): Memory Functions in the Elderly.
  • 1992-96: Liaison from Div 29 to APA Committee of International Relations in Psychology.
  • 1992-96: Editorial Board J. Clinical Psychology.
  • 1995: Board of Directors, Academy Of Clinical Psychology .A.B.P.P.
  • 1997 Member, APA Committe of International Relationas in Psychology.
  • 1997-98 President of Division of International Psychology.

Books and articles

  • The Effect of Induced Anxiety on Flexibility of Intellectual Functioning, Psychological Monographs, The American Psychological Association, 1951.
  • Polygraphic Arousal Patterns Related to Attention and Learning in Groups. Univ. of Utah, 1962.
  • The Silent Language Of Psychotherapy, Aldine Press, 1966, second edition, with D.M.Young, third edition:1998.
  • People Reading (with Valens), Stein and Day, 1975, Warner Books, presently Madison Books.
  • A Question of Belonging, The Memoirs of a Psychologist, New Century Books, 2002.
  • 9 chapters in other books, 76 research articles published, 57 papers presented at meetings.

Some articles (since 1990)

  • “Freud’s three contributions”, chapter in Pioneers in Psychology G. Kimble, Editor, Erlbaum Press, 1991.
  • “Subtle Cues as a way of life” Journal of Professional Psychology, May 1993.
  • “Pattern Analysis in Psychotherapy: A classical Extinction Paradigm”, Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol 5O, January 1994.
  • F.M. Culbertson, E.G. Beier and N. Young, “Survey of International Psychological Associations”, Psychotherapy Bulletin, Vol 29 No 1, 1994.