Clinical Psychology Program Wins APA Award

Oklahoma State University’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program recently received the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs 2020 Distinguished Contributions to the Education and Training of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Psychologists Award. The award recognizes training programs that prepare future psychologists to promote optimal development of child and adolescent mental and behavioral health. Specifically, OSU has a long history of training child and pediatric psychologists in evidence-based practices through both in-house and state-wide training opportunities under the mentorship of a core faculty of six clinical child/pediatric psychologists. These education and training opportunities are centered on providing family- and community-centered care and research while taking into account individuals’ cultural backgrounds.

Graduates of our program have gone on to take positions at The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, Office of Juvenile Affairs, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, among others, uplifting families through direct care, research, and training other professionals. As part of receiving this award, OSU’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program has received $1,250. This award will be put towards continuing to provide these strong clinical training opportunities, with a particular emphasis on fostering our departmental value of diversity and cultural humility.

Dr. BJ Boyd Recognized as Distinguished American Indian Alumni

On November 5th, 2020, Dr. B.J. Boyd gave a presentation entitled ‘Tending the Fire: Practicing Clinical Psychology in Indian Country’ at a colloquium for the Psychology Department and was awarded the Distinguished American Indian Alumnus award from the Psychology Department at Oklahoma State University to honor his achievements and contributions to American Indian communities across the state of Oklahoma.

Dr. B.J. Boyd III is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and is an alumnus of Oklahoma State University’s Clinical Psychology doctoral program, graduating with his PhD in clinical psychology in 2003. Following completion of his doctoral degree, he pursued a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology at Alliant International University, graduating in 2008. He served as a clinical psychologist and the Director of Behavioral Health for the Cherokee Nation from 2003 until 2015, administering mental health and substance abuse programs and providing direct psychological services including diagnostic assessments, individual psychotherapy, and family therapy. Currently, Dr. Boyd serves as the Senior Psychologist for the Chickasaw Nation.

During his presentation, Dr. Boyd discussed the importance of being involved in the American Indian community as a clinical psychologist in Indian country, and how this can allow for improved rapport, increased referrals, and overall improved outcomes for both psychologists and the communities with which they are involved. Further, Dr. Boyd emphasized the importance of preventative care and making it more readily available to American Indian communities. He sees the need for a dramatic shift from crisis-oriented to prevention-oriented behavioral and medical health care delivery to better serve Indian Country. Dr. Boyd closed his presentation by saying, “When you’re spending all of your time putting out fires, you can’t tend to the forest.”

New Center for Pediatric Psychology

Doing more to help children’s health: Center for Pediatric Psychology enhances OSU’s ability to make a difference

The new Center for Pediatric Psychology at Oklahoma State University is a logical extension of the status of OSU and the state of Oklahoma as national leaders in the field of children’s health. Its mission is “to engage in cutting-edge scientific discovery related to all aspects of children’s health, as well as their families, and to foster integrated research, training and clinical service delivery.”

Larry Mullins, the Vaughn Vennerberg II Chair of Psychology, is the inaugural director. He said the CPPOSU will be an excellent tool for recruiting outstanding faculty and graduate students.

Larry Mullins

“We have a long history of bringing in some of the best graduate students in the country to train in pediatric psychology,” Mullins said. “Establishing the Center for Pediatric Psychology formalizes what we’ve been doing and allows us to move forward in a much more thoughtful manner. It will help us better fund our graduate students and our research, and really support the growth of a network across the state.”

Two years’ worth of funding from the College of Arts and Sciences has created a speaker series as well as a graduate-student position to help coordinate activities at the CPPOSU. The long-term goal is to add more funding and training resources for graduate students and research facilities such as a dedicated suite that will serve as the program’s physical home.

Read more ...