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An accreditation team from the American Psychological Association (APA) has given high marks to the Virginia Consortium clinical psychology doctoral program run by Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, the College of William and Mary and Eastern Virginia Medical School.

The program won praise for a "strong focus on research," a "well-structured curriculum," a "clear integration of science and practice," "efforts to recruit and retain students and faculty who represent diversity," "faculty members…being very accessible for mentoring" and for producing students who "through clinical training, research activities and assistantships…are well integrated into the local service community."

Accreditation was granted for the next seven years, which is the longest period possible. The accreditation letter from the APA was dated Nov. 21, 2006.

"This review showed the quality of cooperation between all the institutions involved," said Philip Langlais, vice provost for graduate studies. "The APA reviews are rigorous and it is difficult to get full accreditation. For the consortium to get full accreditation on the first pass is a fine accomplishment, and it speaks to the quality of the program."

"This constitutes a rave review," said Janis Sanchez-Hucles, chair of the ODU psychology department. "What a great accomplishment for our department
and the university."

Robin Lewis, ODU professor of psychology, is over all chair of the consortium's clinical psychology program and director of clinical training. Lewis provided "outstanding leadership" during the review process, said Sanchez-Hucles.

Other ODU faculty praised by Sanchez-Hucles for consortium program roles:

· Thomas Cash, professor of psychology, the program's chair of admissions and financial aid.
· Louis Janda, associate professor of psychology, who chaired the comprehensive review committee.
· Barbara Winstead, professor of psychology, the past chair of the program.
· Jennifer Morrow, assistant professor of psychology, the chair of the program review committee whose surveys and reports were repeatedly praised throughout the report.

This article was posted on: December 19, 2006

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