After an accomplished career as a psychologist and entrepreneur, Reid Klion ’82 is making it possible for Hobart and William Smith students to get the same kind of research experiences that he says changed his life.
“I can point to my Hobart and William Smith honors project in particular as being pivotal in how I thought about my future and the opportunities that became available to me as a result of it,” he says.
Created in March of 2020, Klion’s gift of $125,000 over the next five years will establish The Reid E. Klion ’82, Ph.D. Endowed Summer Science Research Fund providing permanent funding for one student each summer to work on a special science research project with a faculty member. Award recipients will be selected from the summer science research applicant pool each year.
After earning a doctorate in clinical psychology from Miami University in Oxford OH, Klion served on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine and worked at the Indianapolis VA Medical Center. As a clinical professor, he taught courses on substance dependence and severe mental illness to a wide range of students including medical students, psychology interns and psychiatry residents. Through these experiences, Klion says he witnessed the edge that research opportunities give students.
In the late 1990s, Klion took on a project with a psychologist colleague who wanted to use the internet to deliver an organizational survey to a tech company. After finding success with the initial project, Klion and his colleague established a business that uses web-based technologies to deliver psychometric surveys and assessments. After the company was acquired in 2006, Klion continued in a senior leadership role within the business as well as several related professional organizations focused on business applications of psychometric assessment and test publishing.
Klion says the multidisciplinary style of education that HWS offered has served him well in life. “The approach really helped me adapt, change and learn” in a career which has taken him from clinical psychology to technology, writing, psychometrics, and business development. He says his education prepared him to work between the academic and business sides of psychometrics and gave him the skills to look at the subject from all angles to make information more accessible.
Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a member of Delta Chi and Phi Beta Kappa, Klion says his honors project was critical to his career trajectory. In his senior year, Klion worked with faculty member Jeff Mermelstein who introduced Klion to a methodology that caught the eye of his future graduate advisor in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Miami University. The connection proved to be influential in Klion’s acceptance and became an area in which he would publish for 15 years.
Now semi-retired, Klion is collaborating with former colleagues from the Indiana University School of Medicine who developed an innovative treatment approach to schizophrenia. They recently published Metacognitive Reflection and Insight Therapy: A Recovery-Oriented Treatment Approach for Psychosis in Psychology Research and Behavior Management journal.