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Governor Appoints Dean to Virginia Board of Psychology

By Rachel Judy | July 31, 2012

Dean of the School of Psychology & Counseling, Dr. Bill Hathaway

Dr. Bill Hathaway, dean of the School of Psychology & Counseling, was recently appointed to the Virginia Board of Psychology by Governor Bob McDonnell '89 (Law & Government). This is the licensing board for psychologists in Virginia. Hathaway's term—which officially began on July 1—will continue through June 2016.

The Virginia Board of Psychology is charged with regulating the practice of psychology throughout the Commonwealth. Consisting of nine members, the board works in the oversight of psychologists, develops regulations and licensure procedures, and offers disciplinary oversight of psychologists who have violated Virginia codes governing their practice.

By serving on the board, Hathaway will have the opportunity to help shape the field of psychology in Virginia and will also be apprised of cutting-edge developments in professional psychology. This role will give him a valuable vantage point from which to guide training programs in the School of Psychology & Counseling to proactively prepare students for current practice trends.

Hathaway previously served on the board from 2001-2004 through an appointment by then-Governor Jim Gilmore.

"I found my prior service on the board to be a rich stimulus for important program developments in Regent's Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and have maintained numerous professional relationships with influential leaders in professional psychology as a result," Hathaway said. "The primary goal of board service is to serve the public in Virginia, but the board appointment also affords a rich opportunity for our training programs to have quick access to many practice and regulatory trends that shape the profession we are preparing our students to enter."

Hathaway currently serves on the governing body of the American Psychological Association (APA) as representative for the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality to the APA Council. APA is the primary professional association for psychology, and its policies, professional code of ethics, publications and other professional activities substantially impact the professional identity and regulatory context for the profession of psychology. Hathaway's service in both contexts complement each other in helping him contribute to this important leadership role for psychology.

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