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Colloquium Features American Psychological Association President-Elect

By Rachel Bender | November 14, 2012

Intimate partner violence and suicidal behavior are significant public health concerns for African American women. In response to these concerns, Regent University's Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology recently hosted Dr. Nadine Kaslow, president-elect of the American Psychological Association (APA), as the featured speaker for the Regent Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology colloquium looking at Kaslow's Grady Nia project, an assessment and treatment program for abused and suicidal African-American women.

The colloquium was held on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

"The APA is the most influential professional and scientific body of psychologists in the world," said Dr. Bill Hathaway, dean of the School of Psychology & Counseling. "Over the last decade, Regent doctoral students have had the privilege of being addressed by a number of former APA presidents and other leaders in the field. Each APA president pursues initiatives that shape the profession—often for years to come. Regent students are thus given cutting-edge exposure to the developing trends and priorities that will define the field in the future through the contributions made by these preeminent psychologists."

Kaslow's work has been influential in helping the field develop a competency-based approach to training. She has created and conducted several innovative field projects geared toward improving the life outcomes for abused, suicidal and low-income African American women as a professor at the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She also serves as the chief psychologist at Grady Memorial Hospital.

"[Dr. Kaslow] finds that spirituality is among the most powerful protective factors in her population of clients who have suffered many life traumas, intimate partner violence, frequently destitute economic conditions, the ravages of substance abuse, and many other risk factors for suicide," Hathaway observed. "Her whole career illustrates the highest ideals of the clinical psychologist profession: advancing science through field research that simultaneously improves our ability to help at the deepest points of human need."

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