Clayton State department head and Professor of Psychology Dr. Donna Wood McCarty has been named the chair elect for the Association of Heads of Departments of Psychology. She will serve as co-chair for one term and will then assume her role as chair.
The Association of Heads of Departments of Psychology represents academic psychology programs of all types and is a professional development organization for heads and chairs of academic departments of psychology in the southeastern United States, and is affiliated with the Southeastern Psychological Association. The association began in 1968 and since has held a prestigious standing amongst reputable academic associations. The association’s purpose is to support professional, effective and ethical leadership for psychology department heads and chairs.
McCarty will take on the tasks of hosting leadership training and professional development seminars at annual meetings and be the liaison for implementing new initiatives for large and small departments of psychology across the southeast. Along with these duties, McCarty, as chair-elect, will address professional development, legal matters, faculty management, and other issues of importance for academic department chairs.
As head of the Clayton State Department of Psychology, McCarty, one of Clayton State’s longest-tenured faculty members, administers the department, teaches upper- and lower-division psychology courses, and consults with faculty and students on advisement matters such as graduation applications. One of Clayton State’s most successful academic programs, the Psychology Department added a Master’s program in Applied Developmental Psychology in the fall of 2010. A Master’s program in Clinical Psychology will begin with the fall 2011 semester.
For further information on the Association of Heads of Departments of Psychology, go to; http://ahdp.us/.