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Psychology Dean Re-Elected to APA Council

| June 18, 2013

Dr. Bill Hathaway

Dr. Bill Hathaway, dean of Regent University's School of Psychology & Counseling, was recently re-elected to a three-year term on the American Psychological Association (APA) Council of Representatives, the APA's primary elected legislative body. Hathaway is one of two representatives for the APA's Division 36, the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

APA is the largest and most influential association of psychologists in the world. The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality division is dedicated to scientific study of religious functioning and spirituality, drawing on the expertise of an international body of scholars in the psychological sciences. Hathaway is now the senior member of his division's representation to the council, and is currently serving his seventh year.

"Right now, psychology and other mental health professionals are struggling with how to make room for matters of conscience on issues like abortion or gay marriage while not putting vulnerable people at risk," Hathaway said. "Because of the secular nature of these professions, sacred points of view can be easily misunderstood or neglected in such considerations. I hope to be a voice for religious and conventional perspectives that might otherwise be inadequately appreciated in the field."

Hathaway has served in several leadership roles in Division 36, including a term as president, giving him the opportunity to influence general APA policy related to religious topics. In his various roles, Hathaway has contributed to working groups and policy statements of particular relevance to psychologists interested in faith-based issues, including APA position statements on anti-Semitism, anti-religious and religion-derived prejudice, training issues pertaining to values conflicts between religious beliefs and other diversity concerns, and the formulation of guidelines for addressing religious issues in clinical practice.

He is also serving his first year of a three-year term on the APA's Commission on Accreditation (CoA). The commission provides the premier professional accreditation in psychology to doctoral programs, internships and post-doctoral residency programs in professional psychology.

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