Personal Information

California School of Professional Psychology

Clin. Psychopharmacology

San Francisco Beach St Campus



Alliant International University San Francisco
One Beach Street, Suite 100
President's Office
San Francisco CA 94133-1221


Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Special Populations in Psychopharmacology: PTSD

Pharmacotherapeutics: Integrating Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacologylopment

clinical psychopharmacology; trauma; military issues; integrated behavioral health care; public policy; applied clinical research

APA Policy and Planning Board (2007). Who cares about APA Policy and does it have an impact? 2006 annual report of the APA Policy and Planning Board. American Psychologist, 62, 491-503.

APA Policy and Planning Board (2006). APA's response to international and national disasters and crises: Addressing diverse needs. 2005 Annual Report of the APA's Policy and Planning Board. American Psychologist, 61, 513-521.

Sammons, M. T. (2006). Navy clinical psychology: A distinguished past and vibrant future. In A. D. Mangelsdorff (Ed.). Psychology in the service of National Security. Washington: American Psychological Association.

Ralph, J.A., & Sammons, M. T. (2006). Future directions of military psychology. In C. H. Kennedy & E. A. Zillmer, Military Psychology: Clinical and Operational Applications (pp. 371-386). New York, NY: Guilford Publishing.

Sammons, M. T. (2005) Treatment of Head Pain With Psychotropics Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 36, 611-614.

Sammons, M. T. (2005). Pharmacotherapy for Delusional Disorder and Associated Conditions. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 36, 476-479.

APA Policy and Planning Board (2005). APA 2020: A perfect vision for psychology: The 2004 5 year report of the policy and planning board. American Psychologist, 60, 512-522.

Sammons, M. T., & Nathan, P. E. (2005). Empirically supported treatments. In J. Matthews and C. Eugene Walker (Eds.). Your practicum in psychology. Washington: American Psychological Association.

Sammons, M. T. (2005). Psychology in the Public Sector: Addressing the Psychological Effects of Combat in the U.S. Navy. American Psychologist, 60, 899-909.

Sammons, M. T. (2005) Late-life depression: Detection, Risk Reduction, and Somatic Intervention: Commentary to Delano-Woods and Abeles. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 12, 218-221.

Sammons, M. T. (2005). The Shock of the Old: Has Psychotherapy Training in Psychiatric Residencies Been Rediscovered? A review of Competency in Combining Pharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy: Integrated and Split Treatment by Michelle B. Riba and Richard Balon. PsycCRITIQUES, 50, (38), Article 1.

Sammons, M. T. (forthcoming). Psychopharmacology: An Integrated Approach. New York: Oxford University Press.

Psychology in the deployed environment. Purdue University, Department of Family Studies, September, 2007.

Advances in Antidepressants and Anxiolytics. Oregon Psychological Association, Lake Oswego, OR, June, 2006.

The future of behavioral health service provision With R. Newman and G. Cox, Alliant International University, San Diego, October, 2007

Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists and Psychopharmacology Update, Wisconsin Psychological Association, Madison, WI, April, 2006.

Advances in Psychopharmacology. Maryland Psychological Association, Ocean City, MD, May, 2006.

Neurobiology and pharmacology of smoking cessation. Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Expeditionary Medical Facility Forward, (Camp Fallujah, Al Anbar Province, Western Iraq). December, 2006.

Diagnosis and Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in Theatre. Institute of Medicine Roundtable, Washington, DC, August, 2007.

Ethics and interrogations: Confronting the challenge: What are psychologists doing in US military detention centers? American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, August, 2007.

Ethics and interrogations: Confronting the challenge: What are the effects of psychological trauma and abuse? American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, August, 2007.

How can leaders keep the "D" out of PTSD? Defense Forum Washington, Washington, DC, September, 2007.

Psychopharmacology in the deployed environment. American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, August, 2007.

International perspectives in prescriptive authority: Advancing the scope of practice of nonphysician healthcare providers. American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, August, 2007.

Academic History and Background

Fellowship in Psychopharmacology, Walter Reed Medical Center, 1991-1994

PhD, Counseling Psychology, Arizona State University, 1989

MC, Counseling, Arizona State University, 1983

BS (Foreign Service), Georgetown University, 1975

Psychologist, Maryland State Board of Psychologist Examiners

ABPP (Clinical Psychology)

American Board of Professional Psychology (Clinical), Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Psychology

National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, Member, National Academies of Practice

American Psychological Association (Fellow, Divisions 18, 19, 28, 31, 42 & 55)

Fellow, Maryland Psychological Association

Professional Practice and Community Service

Psychological Services (Associate editor)

Professional Psychology Research and Practice (Associate editor)

PsychCritiques (ad hoc reviewer)

Military Psychology (ad hoc reviewer)

Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings (guest editor, reviewer)

Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice (ad hoc reviewer)

Journal of Clinical Psychology (In Session) Editorial Board, guest editor

Contemporary Psychology (ad hoc reviewer)

American Psychological Association (Editorial Contributor to the Dictionary of Psychology - psychopharmacology)

Oxford University Press

Guilford Press

Bio and Links

Morgan T. Sammons is currently Systemwide Dean of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. He is a retired Captain in the US Navy. In his 20 year naval career, he served as the Navy’s Clinical Psychology Specialty Leader and Special Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General for Mental Health and Traumatic Brain Injury issues and in a number of positions both in the US and abroad, completing tours of duty in Japan, Iceland, and at the US Naval Academy. He is a prescribing psychologist and one of the first graduates of the Department of Defense’s Psychopharmacology Demonstration Project. Dr. Sammons is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 18, 19, 28, 31, 42, and 55). He is past-President of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, past- president of APA’s division 55, and past Chair of the California Psychological Association’s Division 5 (Psychopharmacology). He is a former member of the APA’s Policy and Planning board, the Committee on Rural Health, and a past president of the Maryland Psychological Association. He has served on the Council of Representatives of the APA. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (Clinical). With over 50 journal articles or book chapters and two edited volumes, he contributes frequently to the professional literature. He is an associate editor of the journals Psychological Services and Military Psychology. He lectures extensively on issues pertaining to prescriptive authority and the professional practice of psychology.