Professor Emeritus, Department of Human and Organizational Development
Paul's scholarly interests include the philosophy of science, human science methodology, values and ethics, public policy, early childhood intervention for children with handicaps and their families, community psychology intervention, community development in the context of the church, and spirituality.
During the 1970s, Paul directed the Demonstration and Research Center for Early Education and the Peabody Child Study Center. He was a founding member of the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies and served as associate director of the John F. Kennedy Center from 1983-1992. His publications have appeared in a wide variety of journals, including the Journal of Community Psychology, Infants and Young Children, the American Psychologist, the Journal of Early Intervention, Developmental Psychology, and Child Development. His most recent books are: The Tragicomic Professional: Basic Considerations for Ethical Reflective-generative Practice (Duquesne University Press, 1996); Caring & Competent Caregivers (with Moroney, Gates, Haynes, Newbrough, & Nottingham; University of Georgia Press, 1998); and The Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis: Reform and Renewal in the Catholic Community (Georgetown University Press, 2004).