Biographical Statement

Dr. Scifres is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology and Mental Health Counseling. She was born and raised in South Central Indiana with strong ties to her community, to which she would return following her education. She holds a BS in Psychology from Purdue University, a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and a Certificate of Proficiency in Neuropsychological Assessment. Stephanie began teaching a variety of undergraduate courses at IUPUC in 1997 using face-to-face and online modalities and continuously strives to improve learning modalities. Her teaching interests include assessment, psychopathology, psychodiagnostics, addictions, sexuality, crisis management, and therapeutic skills building. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Health Service Provider in Psychology in the State of Indiana. Her clinical experiences include work with children, adolescents, adults, geriatrics, and couples. She has worked in a variety of settings that include schools, community mental health centers, nursing homes, medical settings, state chronic care facilities, as well as private practice.


  • Ph.D., Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, 2002
  • B.S., Purdue University, 1993

Specialized Education

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Neuropsychological Assessment: September 14, 1996
    Courses and Practicum with children and adults was an integral component of the Neuropsychological Assessment series (1.5 years):
    • Clinical Neurology –neurological syndromes and differential diagnosis.
    • Introduction to Neuropsychological Assessment –Boston Process
    • Advanced Neuropsychological Assessment I –Halstead-Reitan.
    • Advanced Neuropsychological Assessment II –Luria-Nebraska.
    • Differential Diagnosis: Neuropsychology

Courses Taught

Dr. Scifres began her appointment with IUPUC in January 1997. She has more than 20-years teaching experience in various modalities, i.e., face-to-face, hybrid, and online.  In fact, Dr. Scifres was the first instructor to offer online courses on the IUPUC campus.

Previous undergraduate courses taught include:

  • PSY-B 104 Psychology as a Social Science
  • PSY-B 105 Psychology as a Biological Science
  • PSY-B 305 Statistics
  • PSY-B 307 Tests & Measurement
  • PSY-B 310 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY-B 380 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY-B 388 Human Sexuality
  • PSY-B 394 Drugs and Behavior
  • PSY-B 396 Alcohol, Alcoholism, and Drug Abuse
  • PSY-B 422 Professional Practice
  • PSY-B 472 Practicum in Group Dynamics

Previous graduate courses taught include:

  • PSY-G 505 Individual Appraisal: Principles and Procedures
  • PSY-G 514 Lifespan Development
  • PSY-G 520 Research in Counseling
  • PSY-G 522 Counseling Theories
  • PSY-G 524 Practicum in Counseling
  • PSY-G 532 Introduction to Group Counseling
  • PSY-G 550 Internship in Counseling
  • PSY-G 598 Seminar in Professional Issues
  • PSY-G 615 Psychopathology and Treatment I
  • PSY-G 616 Psychopathology and Treatment II
  • PSY-G647 Advanced Internship

Professional Affiliations & Awards 

  • American Psychological Association: 1992 to present
  • Psi Chi: National Honor Society: 1992 to present
  • Recipient of the Jacqueline D. Franz Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Teaching Award (2008-09).
  • Licensed as a Health Service Provider in Psychology: State of Indiana: September 29, 2003
  • Recognized by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, Registrant #50947, effective 07/31/2004

Scholarly Activity

  • Scifres, S.L. (2002).  Screening for Problematic Drinking in Women: Validity of the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test.  Dissertation.
  • Davidson, D., O’Connor, S., Suelzer, C., Scifres, S., Dagon, C., Lawson, W., & Li, T-K. (2000). The effects of Naltrexone on Drinking Intensity and Alcohol-related Consequences in Hazardous Drinkers. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 24, 79A.
  • Allen, L.M., Nelson, C.J., Rouhbakhsh, P., Scifres, S.L., Greene, R.L., Kordinak, S.T., Davis, L.J., & Morse, R.M. (1998). Gender differences in factor structure of the Self-Administered Alcoholism Screening Test. Journal of Clinical Psychology 54, 439-445.
  • Rouhbakhsh, P., Cannava, P., Scifres, S.L., & Greene, R.L. (1996, March). The effectiveness of alcohol screening tests in women. Paper presented at the Midwinter Meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, Denver, CO.
  • Lightfoot, J.D., Scifres, S.L., & Kleiner, K.A. (1993, April). Implications of voluntary and involuntary small group membership on collaborative learning. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Mid-American Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, Charleston, IL and the Undergraduate Research Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Scifres, S.L., Godfrey, C., & Kleiner, K.A. (1992, August). Infant’s visual preferences. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual Science, Engineering, & Technology Fair, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Scifres, S.L., Godfrey, C., Horner, M., McReynolds, K., & Kleiner, K.A. (1992, April). Individual differences in infant’s discrimination of pattern structure. Paper presented at the 11th Annual Mid-American Undergraduate Research Conference, Franklin, IN.

Research Experience

  • Indiana University School of Medicine
    Institute for Psychiatric Research
    May 1999 to May 2000
    Project Coordinator
    Subject recruitment within the Indianapolis VAMC for a Drinking Reduction study. Determination of subject eligibility by reviewing patient charts and/or screening. Assessment and monitoring of subjects at baseline, a 12 week drug/placebo period, as well as follow-up. Liaison and coordination of multi-disciplinary research team. Development and maintenance of database. Developed procedures manual for use by staff, as well as training and supervision of staff.

Clinical Experience

  • Stephanie L. Scifres, PhD, HSPP
    Crothersville, IN
    August 2005 to Present
    Psychologist, Health Service Provider in Psychology
    This outpatient private practice is designed to serve the mental health needs of local communities. While providing assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for a variety of disorders, services include coordination and collaboration with community agencies and referral sources. Responsibilities include disability assessment, psychological testing, intake evaluations, treatment plan development, implementation, and monitoring.
  • Centerstone fka Quinco Behavioral Consulting
    North Vernon, IN
    September 2002 to August 2005
    Quinco is an outpatient community mental health center. While providing assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for a variety of disorders, services include coordination and collaboration with community agencies and others involved with group therapy, intensive outpatient therapy, day therapy, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and case management. Responsibilities include disability assessment, intake evaluations, treatment plan development and implementation, psychological assessment, crisis intervention, and supervision of staff. Also served on South Crisis team, which was on-call and collaborating with ER personnel and physicians.
  • Madison State Hospital
    Madison, IN
    August 2001 to August 2002 (Internship)
    MSH is a state hospital providing inpatient services to adult psychiatric, adolescent psychiatric, transitional care, substance abuse, and MRDD patients. Responsibilities include psychological evaluations, treatment planning, individual and group therapy, case management, report writing, program development, and crisis intervention.
  • Children’s Health Awareness Council
    Mountain View, CA
    August 1995 to June 1996 (Practicum: Graduate Student)
    CHAC is a community-supported agency that provides counseling services as well as substance abuse prevention, education, and intervention to children, adolescents, and their families in surrounding schools and communities. CHAC’s services focus on positive alternatives to destructive behavior, with the goal of helping people create healthy lives. Responsibilities included: Conducting individual, group, and family counseling, writing and implementing assessment protocols, providing personality and intelligence testing, leading and co-leading substance abuse prevention classes, participating in case conferences, training sessions, and didactic experiences. Diagnosis of clients included: attachment disorder, ADHD, impulse disorder, adjustment disorder.
  • Gronowski Clinic
    Palo Alto, CA
    June 1994 to August 1995 (Practicum: Graduate Student)
    The Gronowski Clinic provides psychotherapy and psychological assessment to members of the community on a sliding scale fee basis. Responsibilities included: Conducting individual (adult) and couples therapy, participating in case conferences, writing and implementing assessment protocols, and providing personality testing. Diagnoses of clients included: antisocial personality disorder, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorder with mixed emotional features, anxiety disorder, and marital problems.
  • LaRue Carter Memorial Hospital
    Adolescent Inpatient Unit
    Indianapolis, IN
    September 1991 to September 1992 (Undergraduate Practicum & Work Study Student)
    The adolescent unit at LaRue Carter Hospital was a co-ed unit providing inpatient services. Responsibilities included: Monitoring patient recreational activities, diagnostic and care plan conferences, monitoring patient’s weekly ward meetings.

Other Emplyement Experience

  • Indiana Attorney General’s Office
    February 1987 to May 1992
    Indianapolis, IN
    Responsibilities included: Legal assistant for several Deputy Generals. Various computer duties, coordinating schedules, preparation of bri