Dixon elected chair of Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology


JOHNSON CITY (June 20, 2014) – Dr. Wallace Dixon, chair of psychology at East Tennessee State University, has been named chair of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP).

This national organization consists of representatives of approximately 300 of the nation’s graduate psychology programs and represents the voice of academic psychologists regarding research and practice to a number of prestigious groups, including the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation (CoA).  Four members of COGDOP serve on the CoA, including Dixon, who is completing his sixth year in that role.

Dixon joined the ETSU faculty in 2002 and helped lead the effort to establish a doctoral program in psychology, including both the clinical and experimental concentrations, and he spearheaded a major revision of the undergraduate program.  He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health for his research on the relationship between temperament and language acquisition in infants.

In 2009, he co-authored the book, “Parenting with Reason: Evidence-Based Approaches to Parenting Dilemmas,” published by Taylor and Francis Group, that provided evidence-based research findings on topics of interest to parents, such as breastfeeding, discipline, toilet training, sleep patterns, television watching and other media exposure and the effects of divorce and adoption.

A second edition of his book, “Twenty Studies that Revolutionized Child Psychology,” published by the Pearson Group, is scheduled for release in early 2015.

In 2007, Dixon was appointed by the Tennessee Psychological Association to serve as Tennessee’s rural health coordinator.

COGDOP hosts a conference each year that addresses current issues in higher education as they pertain to the field of psychology training.  The organization also serves as an informational resource for chairs of psychology programs.

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