Dr. Beutler received his PhD from the University of Nebraska and subsequently served on the faculties of Duke University Medical Center, Stephen F. Austin State University, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. He currently is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Faculty, and Director of Clinical Training at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of California. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), a fellow of both American Psychological Association (APA) and Association for Psychological Science (APS), a Past President of Division 29 (Psychotherapy) of APA, current President of Division 12 (Clinical) of APA, and a two term Past President (international) of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR). Among his citations and achievements, he is a recipient of the Distinguished Career award from SPR, the Gold Medal Award from the American Psychological Foundation, and a Presidential citation for achievement from the APA. He has also been honored for his contributions by the States of Arizona and California. He has published over 350 scholarly articles and chapters and is the author or co-author of 15 books on psychotherapy, assessment, and psychopathology.
Later in his career he became involved in the psychology of terrorism and response to terrorist acts. He currently is the director of the National Center on the Psychology of Terrorism in Palo Alto, California.