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Diagnostic Interviewing

  • Daniel L. Segal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. General Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Daniel L. Segal, Andrea June, Marissa Pifer
      Pages 3-28
    3. Catherine Miller
      Pages 29-53
    4. Thomas B. Virden III, Melissa Flint
      Pages 55-75
    5. Brenna N. Renn, Samantha E. John
      Pages 77-102
    6. Brian P. Yochim, Stephanie Potts
      Pages 103-126
  3. Specific Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Cierra B. Edwards, Amber L. Billingsley, Shari A. Steinman
      Pages 129-153
    3. Michelle L. Davis, Elizabeth McIngvale, Sophie C. Schneider, Wayne K. Goodman, Eric A. Storch
      Pages 155-177
    4. Osnat Lupesko-Persky, Lisa M. Brown
      Pages 179-211
    5. Leilani Feliciano, Amber M. Gum, Katherine A. Johanson
      Pages 213-238
    6. Samantha L. Connolly, Christopher J. Miller
      Pages 239-260
    7. Jason E. Peer, Zachary B. Millman
      Pages 261-292
    8. Neil Bockian
      Pages 293-323
    9. Catherine E. Paquette, Jessica F. Magidson, Surabhi Swaminath, Stacey B. Daughters
      Pages 325-347
    10. Caroline F. Pukall, Tony Eccles, Stéphanie Gauvin
      Pages 349-373
    11. Brittany K. Bohrer, Danielle A. N. Chapa, Alexis Exum, Brianne Richson, Michaela M. Voss, Kelsie T. Forbush
      Pages 375-400
    12. Tyson D. Bailey, Stacey M. Boyer, Bethany L. Brand
      Pages 401-424
  4. Special Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 425-425

About this book


A cornerstone of the professional relationship and a vital prerequisite to treatment, the diagnostic interview sets the tone for the interventions to follow. This welcome update to the formative reference includes coverage of foundational and advanced skills and strategies for effective diagnostic interviewing. Completely revised and updated to correspond to the DSM-5 and to reflect the latest innovations in theory and practice, the book offers a wealth of useful interviewing strategies and techniques. Specific interviewing approaches are discussed for diverse settings and diverse clients across a variety of presenting problems and disorders, as well as keys to ensuring that the interview process is effective and clinically sound. As with its predecessors, this volume emphasizes the value of the interview as the foundation for treatment planning, intervention, and the therapeutic relationship.


Among the topics covered:

  • Interviewing strategies, rapport, and empathy.
  • Presenting problem, history of presenting problem, and social history.
  • The mental status examination.
  • Consideration of neuropsychological factors in interviewing.
  • Specific disorders including depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, trauma and stressor-related disorders, eating disorders, dissociative disorders, substance use disorders, and sexual disorders.
  • Special populations, including children, older adults, and interviewing in health psychology and medical settings.

Previous editions of Diagnostic Interviewing have been used in the training and education of diverse mental health professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other clinicians such as marriage and family therapists and professional counselors. This Fifth Edition will continue this tradition, aiding students, new practitioners, and seasoned clinicians.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel L. Segal
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ColoradoColorado SpringsUSA

About the editors

Daniel L. Segal received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Miami in 1992 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical geropsychology at Nova Southeastern University. He is a Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), having joined the faculty in 1995. His research interests include diagnostic and assessment issues in clinical psychology and clinical geropsychology, suicide resilience and aging, anxiety and aging, and the expression and impact of personality disorders across the lifespan. He has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters on these topics. Additionally, he is lead author on two books (Aging and Mental Health, 3rd edition, with co-authors Sara Qualls and Michael Smyer, published in 2018; Personality Disorders and Older Adults: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment, with co-authors Frederick L. Coolidge and Erlene Rosowsky, published in 2006). He has also edited two volumes in major reference works: One volume focused on personality assessment (in the Comprehensive Handbook of Psychological Assessment, 2004) and the other examined personality and everyday functioning (in the Comprehensive Handbook of Personality and Psychopathology, 2006). He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and of the American Psychological Association (Division 20, Adult Development and Aging). He has received numerous awards at his home institution, including the Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2002 and from the UCCS Campus in 2006, the Outstanding Researcher Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2010, and the Chancellor’s Award for the UCCS campus in 2014. Finally, he was honored with the Distinguished Clinical Mentorship Award in 2017 from the Society of Clinical Geropsychology (Division 12, Section 2 of the American Psychological Association). Outside of his professional hours, he can be found playing tennis and golf, watching science fiction movies, and enjoying the company of his wife, daughter, and three cats.

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