Prof. Christopher J. Reiss, BA, MA, PhD, MBA, LLM; EdD, DLitt Candidate
Faculty Biography: Prof. Reiss was awarded his B.A. at The George Washington University, his M.A. at New School for Social Research, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology in 1982 with a minor in International Psychology from their Lugano, Switzerland campus. Prior to graduation, he completed his training analysis and an APA approved internship dealing with adults & children, followed by fellowships in clinical psychology, neuropsychology and forensics. With over three decades of experience, he spends the majority of his time living and working in Germany. Prof. Reiss was also awarded his LL.M. in International Law and International Relations from The University of Kent Faculty of Law at Canterbury & Brussels School of International Studies. Additionally, he was awarded his MBA in International Business at Long Island University and abroad (i.e., European Business School-London & EMLV-Paris). Prof. Reiss has recently completed his dissertation for the Ed.D. in Policy Studies from the University of Virginia with minors in Business and Law and he anticipates defending another dissertation this next academic year for a third Doctorate, the D.Litt., in Arts and Letters with specialization in Writing from Drew University. Although Prof. Reiss is well qualified to teach courses at all levels in international relations, business, law, and public policy, he will always be a psychologist first. Dr. Reiss is also a contractor for the US Department of Defense, and was an Adjunct Professor in Arts & Sciences with New York Institute of Technology, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with New York Medical College, an Adjunct Assistant Professor with Pace University, a Senior Forensic Psychologist with the NY State Court System, and a Police Psychologist with the NYPD. At St. Vincent’s Hospital he led the behavioral health unit, training and supervising over 40 doctors each year for almost a decade. He was promoted to Co-Director of the St. Vincent’s private group, formerly at the World Trade Center, providing health services and consulting services to corporations in the New York financial district. In order to shift from clinical practice to a life in academia, Prof. Reiss returned to school mid-career. His mentors at the University of Virginia had University Professorships in which they regularly were encouraged to change departments in pursuit of lifelong learning, preferably to departments in which they had relatively less experience so the exchange of ideas would be on a more equal footing with students and other faculty. As a result, Prof. Reiss has a uniquely interdisciplinary approach. At the NYIT China campus, in addition to psychology lectures, he taught courses in Business, Law, International Relations, Policy Studies, Journalism, Public Speaking & Debating. Before that his teaching experiences were limited to most of the areas within Psychology, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Reiss also maintained a private consulting practice since 1983. Consulting work has been mostly restricted to individuals, clinics, schools, agencies and business with headquarters in the states. He works both independently and as a team member. Dr. Reiss assesses individual & organizational functions, achievements and deficiencies. Then he develops, implements, monitors and adjusts problem solving intervention plans. Each project is fully documented for case presentation purposes, when applicable. Whether for training, education or forensic purposes, case materials are packaged into multimedia presentations and written reports. Prof. Reiss’ policy research & development interests span local, national and international levels. They include global, urban & rural policy foci related to economic development, health, education, the arts, psychological resilience, cultural diversity, ethics, human rights and civil society. Currently, he lives with his fiancé, Catherine Connolly who is also a professor at UMUC. They enjoy exploring Europe with their Irish Wolfhound named Tess.
Faculty Contact: Christopher.Reiss@Faculty.UMUC.edu