Dr. Catherine Deering, Clayton State University professor of Psychology, has been appointed as director of the Southeast Region of the American Board of Clinical Psychology. She will serve a four-year term beginning in January 2014.
In this position, Dr. Deering will oversee and coordinate the written and oral examinations for clinical psychologists from Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana who are applying for national board certification and fellow status. She will also serve as board member and secretary for the American Board of Clinical Psychology and participate in their national meetings.
The American Board of Clinical Psychology (ABCP) is a member board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). The ABPP authorizes the credentialing activities of 13 specialty boards and establishes criteria for education, training, competencies, and examination. The ABCP is governed by a Board of Directors who are certified in Clinical Psychology and are representative of the specialty on a national basis. Members of the Board select, mentor, and train future examiners.
Board certification in Clinical Psychology requires candidates to be conversant with scientific and scholarly developments and to apply them in professional practice. Examiners explore the candidate’s ability to discuss critically the implications of contemporary knowledge and integration of theory, research, and practice concerning interpersonal interactions, issues of individual and cultural diversity (e.g., ethnicity, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability status, and special populations), ethics and legal foundations, and professional identification. Attention is also paid to the candidate’s own scholarly contributions as they inform practice.
Dr. Deering teaches in the undergraduate psychology program and the master’s program in Clinical Psychology at Clayton State. She is a consulting psychologist at the Atlanta V.A. Medical Center and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Deering teaches and supervises pre-doctoral psychology interns, post-doctoral psychology fellows, and psychiatry residents at Emory and the V.A. Medical Center. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Family Psychology and on the Board of the Atlanta Group Psychotherapy Society. Her publications focus on clinical supervision, group therapy, health psychology, and psychiatric disorders.
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