The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

June 9, 2014

EKU regents approve psychology doctorate

RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky University board of regents approved the school's fourth doctoral degree program Monday

A Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology is an applied doctoral degree designed to prepare clinical psychology practitioners.

Based on the practitioner-scholar training model for clinical practice, endorsed by the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology, the program emphasizes the preparation of clinical psychology practitioners who are sophisticated consumers of research and who ground their practice in the empirical research literature, the regents were told.

The new program, which awaits final approval by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, will focus on preparing practitioners to work in underserved rural areas. The curriculum will provide opportunities for specialized training in substance abuse, mental health administration, school-based mental health, and working with traditionally underserved populations, including veterans and their families, adults and children with developmental disabilities, and individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. Additional specialized training opportunities will include forensic psychology and applied behavior analysis.

This will be the first such program based at a public university in Kentucky. The only other Psy.D. program in the Commonwealth is housed at Spalding University in Louisville.

In other business, the board:

• Also approved a post-doctorate certificate in Nursing Practice for Neuroscience APN.

• Elected David Tandy, Louisville, as Board secretary, replacing former Staff Regent Steven Fulkerson. Ernie House, London, and Poynter will remain vice chair and treasurer, respectively. The position of Board chair, now held by Craig Turner, Lexington, was not up for election.

• Welcomed to the Board Fulkerson’s successor, new Staff Regent Bryan Makinen.

• Approved resolutions thanking Fulkerson and outgoing Student Regent Sarah Carpenter for their service on the Board.


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