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Department of Psychology

College of Arts & Sciences

Wallace E Dixon, Jr, PhD

Dear psychology friends and family,

The 2017/2018 academic year is a very exciting one for us. This year our Ph.D. program in clinical psychology goes up for reaccreditation review. We had our site visit in September 2017, and expect to hear an accreditation decision from the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA) in May 2018. It appears that on all accounts, our program is excellent! We knew that, of course; but now our belief has been externally validated by the site visit team. On several occasions, including in their written report to the CoA, the site visitors noted that our program should serve as a national model. Special thanks and congratulations go to Dr. Jill Stinson, our Director of Clinical Training, for directing such a smooth and seamless reaccreditation process. Her tireless efforts went above and beyond. Thanks also to our clinical executive aide, Ms. Carol Jensen, for her assistance in streamlining the logistics of the site visit, and in supporting many other aspects of reaccreditation review.

In faculty news, we welcome new tenure-track faculty member, Dr. Alyson Chroust. “Allie,” who is a 2017 Ph.D. graduate in cognitive developmental psychology from the University of Kentucky, joined our experimental area faculty in August. We are very excited to have Allie and her newly minted “Infant Cognitive Development Lab” on board, especially because she was the top choice in our national search! We also landed our “#1’s” in two additional, clinical searches for positions beginning in August 2018. Drs. Kelly Moore and Meredith Ginley both specialize in behavioral addictions, and are currently completing their second year of clinical postdoctoral training. We can’t wait for them to get here! I am happy to report that three of our existing faculty have received unanimous endorsements from department and college review committees for their applications for promotion. Dr. Stinson is seeking tenure and promotion to associate professor, while Drs. Ginni Blackhart and Stacey Williams are seeking promotion to full professor. Although the academic promotion review process takes the better part of a year, the cornerstone of the process is how the department and college faculty vote. All signs point to smooth sailing for all three of these illustrious faculty members. On a sadder note, we are sorry to wave a collective “good-bye” to Dr. Jon Webb. Jon resigned from the clinical faculty in May 2017, to pursue another academic position in the Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences at Texas Tech University. We wish Jon the best of luck.

In curricular news, we are proud to present our shiny new “Health Sciences Concentration.” This is an entirely new concentration designed for psychology majors interested in pursuing a career in medicine. More so than our other concentrations, the Health Sciences Concentration heavily emphasizes content that can be found on the “MCAT” (Medical College Admissions Test), and requires extensive training in biology, chemistry, and physics. Because of this additional coursework, the Health Sciences Concentration does not require students to complete a minor. In another new initiative, we are collaborating with the ETSU Department of Social Work to develop a joint degree program in psychology and social work. The idea behind this initiative is that students who complete the joint degree program will earn both a bachelor’s degree in psychology (B.A. or B.S.) and a bachelor’s degree in social work (B.S.W.). The rationale for this program is that many psychology majors want to enter the helping professions, but become discouraged when they learn that doing so in psychology requires a doctoral degree. The joint degree program will permit psychology majors to enter

the helping profession through the social work track, either with the B.S.W. directly, or through a Masters in Social Work program. We anticipate proposing the psychology/social work joint degree program in spring 2018. Finally, and completely unexpectedly, I am happy to report that our online psychology program was nationally ranked (19th) by! Although we don’t formally offer an online psychology degree program at ETSU, we do offer a large number of psychology courses online. We are tickled to have our online psychology presence recognized so publically.

In closing, I know I speak for all of us when I say this department is a great place to work. Being able to count on each other gives us the courage and fortitude to carry our torch forward in these ever-changing times. Thank you for reading, and please remember us in your giving plans.

Wallace E. Dixon, Jr., Ph. D.
Chair and Professor of Psychology

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