Lifetime Achievement Award

2017 Life Time Achievement Award

The 2017 recipient of the Cleveland Psychological Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award is William House, Ph.D. Dr. House received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in psychology from Indiana University. He completed his clinical psychology internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. Following his internship, he and his wife moved to Cleveland, where he had accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at Case Western Reserve University. While in the Psychology Department, Dr. House conducted research and published papers in the area of attribution theory and cognitive variables affecting perceptions of success and failure. He taught graduate and undergraduate courses and advised numerous students with their dissertations and master’s theses. He was also a reviewer for various psychological journals; an activity he continued throughout his career.

After five years in the psychology department, Dr. House accepted a position in the Department of Psychiatry at what is now MetroHealth Medical Center. In addition to a clinical practice, which included many hospital employees and including various health care professionals. He continued to supervise many different types of students, including psychology graduate students, psychology interns, medical students, psychiatry residents, and other health care professionals. He was the Director of Outpatient Psychiatry Clinics and a member of the Residency Training Committee. While at MetroHealth he continued his research and was promoted to Associate Professor with full academic tenure at Case Western Reserve University.

After 36 years, Dr. House retired from MetroHealth and has since been working at Levine, Risen, and Associates (recently changed to Debalzo, Elgudin, Levine, Risen, LLC), a group practice on Cleveland's East Side.

Dr. House met his wife, Sally, while they were both graduate students at Indiana University. They met in a very small graduate student library on a Friday night during a summer session. At the time, Dr. House was taking a crash course focused solely on the rather painful endeavor of developing a good reading knowledge of French; he had no prior experience of any kind with the language. He did this in order to pass an ETS French exam. In spite of the considerable stress of the summer’s coursework, Dr. House and Sally fell in love and will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this summer. Their daughter Melissa lives in California and has worked for Apple for 15 years.

Dr. House greatly appreciates the Lifetime Achievement Award.