Elizabeth M. Altmaier, PhD


Elizabeth M. Altmaier, PhD, is a public member of CEPH’s Board of Councilors.  She retired in 2015 from higher education, beginning her career in the Psychology Department at University of Florida and then serving 35 years on the Counseling Psychology faculty at University of Iowa. Her research interests focused on how personal resources, such as coping style and personality factors, influence individuals’ response to challenging circumstances. Her research participants were persons dealing with chronic pain and cancer; bereavement; and trauma, including childhood sexual abuse.

Her professional interests are in quality assurance (education, training, credentialing).  She was chair of the Council on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association, member of the Planning Accreditation Board, member of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register Joint Designation Committee, and member of the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology.

Locally, she chaired the Board of Directors of the Leaders, Believers, and Achievers Foundation. She also is an international volunteer through Cross Cultural Solutions, working in Russia, Taiwan, and Morocco.

Dr. Altmaier earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheaton College (Illinois), and her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from The Ohio State University.