School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Prof. William Van Ornum
Full Professor, Psychology
Senior Faculty Member, SBS
Office Location: Dyson 375
Phone: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2968
PhD in Clinical Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago, 1981.
NYS Licensed Psychologist
Currently I teach Exceptional Children, Measurement and Evaluation, and Abnormal Psychology.
My major research interest now is as Project Lead in a grant involving the American Mental Health Foundation and Pearson Assessments. In effect, it will be a downward extension of IQ tetsts so that persons with mild to pround intellectual disability can receive intensive neuropsychological/cognitve assessments. This will help in planning and assisting neurologists in conditions such as pre-Alzheimer's and Alzheimers, assessment of strokes, tumors, and other brain insults on functioing, and as a baseline to see improvement or deterioration.
The working title is Kobler Cognitve and Neuropsychological Test, which I have named after my mentor in graduate school.
I also support undergraduate research and have sponsored many undergrads at regional and national conference.
I have interdisicplinary interests, see some of my articles and blogs at
Awards and Honors
SBS Teaching Commendation for Research with Students, 2012
Induction, Knights of Malta 2010
SBS Teacher of the Year, 2008
Marist College Teacher of the Year 2005
Marist Library Award for Outstanding Research
Literary Award Catholic Press Association 1997
Vice President's Award for Outstanding Research 1994
Literary Award Catholic Press Association 1994
Editorship, Continuum Counseling Series, 1987-1994
*Acquisitions Editor and General Editor, Crossroad Publishing Company, NYC, 1987-1994. Oversaw development of 25 books in Crossroad Counseling Series
*Research and Development Consultant, American Mental Health Foundation, Brooklyn, NY. 2008 to 2013. Develop book program including noteworthy classical an current books.
Van Ornum, W., & Mordock, J. M. Crisis Counseling with Children Adolescents. NY: Continuum, 1983.
Van Ornum, W., & Van Ornum, M. Talking to Children About Nuclear War. NY: Continuum, 1984.
Ronch, J. M., Van Ornum, W., & Stillwell, N. The Counseling Sourcebook. NY: Crossroad, 1994.
Van Ornum, W. A Thousand Frightening Fantasies: Understanding and Treatment of Scrupulosity/Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Introduction by John Cardin O'Connor. NY: Crossroad, 1997.
Van Ornum, W., Dunlap, L., & Shore, M. F. Psychological Testing Across the Lifespan. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2008.
Intellectual disabilities (aka develop disabilities, mental retardation)
Fellow of APA Division 37 Youth Programs
I enjoy cycling, white-water fly fishing, hiking in the Catskills, and of course--reading and teaching.