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SPC Dean Appointed to APA Commission on Accreditation

By Brett Wilson | February 4, 2014

Dr. William Hathaway.

As Regent University continues to lead efforts of improving psychological education, Dr. William Hathaway, dean of the School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC), has been appointed to serve on the executive committee for the American Psychological Association's (APA) Commission on Accreditation (CoA) through the remainder of his three-year term.

"This is an opportunity to work more closely with influential leaders in professional psychology accreditation and to contribute to important initiatives being undertaken by the APA Commission," said Hathaway. "These include a major revision of the standards that govern the accreditation programs in professional psychology."

APA consists of more than 134,000 members made up of an association of psychology researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students, according to the organization's official website.

As a member of the executive committee of the CoA, Hathaway will continue to direct efforts regarding the structure and operation of accreditation for doctoral programs, internships and post-doctoral residency programs in professional psychology.

"The most immediate benefit that the position provides is access to the most cutting-edge developments in the accreditation process within the primary accrediting body for professional psychology," said Hathaway.

According to Hathaway, this role will also provide opportunities for networking with leaders in professional psychology accreditation throughout the United States.

"These developments increase the influence and credibility of our own academic community at Regent," said Hathaway. "And it facilitates our ability to implement training that reflects the best practices in our field."

Learn more about Regent's School of Psychology & Counseling.


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