Raymond W. Novaco, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, at the University of California, Irvine. He has extensive expertise on the assessment and treatment of anger with a variety of clinical populations, including those with a history of violence. He pioneered cognitive-behavioral therapy for anger, coining the term “anger management”, and the effectiveness of his treatment approach has been demonstrated in numerous scientific studies. He developed procedures for anger assessment with mentally disordered persons; his anger measures been found to have significant value in predicting violence among psychiatric patients before, during, and after hospitalization, as reported in many independent scientific publications He received the Best Contribution Award in 1978 from the International Society for Research on Aggression for his book, Anger Control: The Development and Evaluation of an Experimental Treatment. He received in 2000 the Distinguished Contributions to Psychology Award from the California Psychological Association, and, in 2009, he received the Academic Award from the Division of Forensic Psychology of the British Psychological Society. His co-edited book, “Using Social Science to Reduce Violent Offending” (Oxford University Press) received the 2013 “Best Book” Award from the American Psychology-Law Society.
His ongoing assessment and treatment research concerns severe anger in patients having serious clinical disorders, including war veterans with combat-related PTSD, assaultive psychotic patients at the high security forensic hospital in Scotland, developmentally disabled offenders at a forensic hospital in Northumbria, England, and hospitalized psychotic patients in the Northwest of England and in the Copenhagen region of Denmark. Among his other research interests is domestic violence, with projects conducted in Orange County, California, involving women and children in emergency shelters and in a specialized family justice center. His scholarship interest in automobile commuting stress continues, having done the pioneering research on that topic.
He has been a consultant to numerous mental health, correctional, military, and human service agencies in North America, Europe, and New Zealand and presently serves as Honorary Research Consultant to The State Hospital Scotland and to the Scotland Forensic Network. He has been on the Advisory Board of Atascadero State Hospital in California and on the Academic Advisory Board of Los Angeles County Jail Mental Health Services. He has given numerous Keynote Addresses and Masterclasses on the assessment and treatment of anger and aggression at scientific conferences and for clinical professional organizations on five continents.