Andrew Luchner to join the Department of Psychology

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Dr. Andrew LuchnerThe Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Luchner will be joining the department beginning in the Fall of 2013 as a new permanent member of the faculty.

Dr. Luchner knows Rollins well; he was a Visiting Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at Rollins from 2005 – 2007 when he taught Personality, Psychopathology, Clinical Psychology, and Introduction to Psychology.  During his earlier stint at Rollins, he was popular with students and faculty alike, advising the Psychology Club and hosting events such as Psych-O-Cinema.

A Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Luchner has most recently served as a Staff Psychologist at the University of Central Florida’s Counseling and Psychological Services.  In addition to seeing clients regularly, he has provided training seminars and supervised graduate and undergraduate psychology students.  He describes his therapeutic approach as Psychodynamic, and influenced by object relations theory and self-psychology and trained in brief dynamic psychotherapy.  Dr. Luchner has also pursued his research interests in understanding narcissism, which he believes is a multifaceted construct defining a range of both pathological and normal behavior.

During his interview at Rollins, Dr. Luchner gave a research presentation on his work in understanding narcissism.  In particular, he discusses his recent work on vulnerability as a phenotypic variant of narcissism, and how facets of grandiosity and vulnerability share some similarities (and differences).  This aspect of narcissism, Dr. Luchner believes, has not received the attention it deserves.  Dr. Luchner outlined a number of research questions he would be enthusiastic about investigating with interested Rollins undergraduates.  These included the association of narcissism with different professions and college majors, the interaction between narcissism and competitiveness (a research area that overlaps with Rollins Professors Houston and Harris), and the environmental conditions under which narcissistic behaviors might become manifest.

Dr. Luchner earned his undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University, and his Psy.D. from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Atlanta, Georgia.  He brings with him considerable professional experience in both counseling services and Clinical Psychology, in addition to a reputation as a thoughtful, dedicated, and outstanding teacher.  We are excited to have him at Rollins College.

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