Program Events & News

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program/Psychological Services Center has moved to 1528 Avenue J.

February 13, 2009: Mark D. Cunningham, Ph.D., Diplomat in Clinical and Forensic Psychology was the guest speaker during our Spring Colloquium, co-sponsored by the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program and College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Cunningham has been nationally recognized for his research on death penalty issues and has testified in states throughout the country in this regard. Topics of discussion were: "How Research Can Inform Death Penalty Determinations" and "Informed Consent: Essential Consultations with Attorneys in Death Penalty Cases".

April 24, 2009: Dr. Joshua Tomchesson, Clinical Psychologist and head of Mental Health Services at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, spoke to students and faculty on the topic, "Clinical Psychologist as Leader, Consultant, and Provider: The U.S. Air Force Experience." In addition to being the director of a multi-disciplinary clinic, Dr. Tomchesson provides direct clinical services and regular consultation to other health care providers. He has significant experience in conducting fitness for duty evaluations and is frequently called upon to consult with organizational leaders. Dr. Tomchesson recently returned from a deployment to the Middle East and discussed the experience of providing consultation and clinical services in the austere and stressful environment of a combat zone.

March 8, 2010:  Frank Pugliese, Ph.D. ABPP (forensic) presented a seminar on Conducting Child Custody Evaluations

March 25, 2010:  Alan Goldstein, Ph.D. ABPP (forensic) provided workshops in the Ethics of Forensic Practice, and Evaluating Competence to Waive Miranda Rights.

April 1, 2011: Dr. Randy Cox presented a workshop on Disabilities and the practice of Psychology.

August 2011: Sam Houston State University's Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program receives re-accreditation until 2018.

October 28, 2011: Dr. Charity Wilkinson, a clinical director of the STRONG STAR program at Ft. Hood and an assistant professor at the UT Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, presented a workshop on Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD.

March 5, 2012: Attorney Kevin R. Madison spoke on Legal Rights and Civil Remedies of Crime Victims in Texas. Attorney Madison has background as a law enforcement officer and Assistant District Attorney. He has almost 30 years as a litigation attorney representing victims of such things as sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and sexual harassment. Attorney Madison also serves as a municipal judge and state magistrate.

October 10, 2012: Phillip Lyons, Ph.D., JD moderated a discussion on the ethics and legality of refusing to counsel a client whose values a therapist is not comfortable with, from 7 - 9 p.m. at the PSC.

January 31, 2013 John P. Petrila, J.D., LL.M., a civil law attorney with international recognition in the area of mental health law and coauthor of the most widely used text on forensic psychology, was the guest speaker during our Spring 2013 Colloquium. Topic of discussion: "International perspective on preventive detention and mental disability law".

January 28, 2014 Richard Frederick, Ph.D., Board Certified in Forensic Psychology, ABPP and Board Certified in Assessment Psychology, ABAP, was the guest speaker during our Spring 2014 Colloquium. Topic of discussion: "Clinical Conceptual problems in the attribution of malingering in forensic evaluations".

A recent national survey of clinical psychology doctoral programs identified programs that produced exceptionally better outcomes than expected given predoctoral characteristics. Outcomes included internship match and licensure pass rate. The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at SHSU ranked in the top ten!

SHSU's Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program has 32 students who are part of an accepted presentation for the AP-LS Conference in New Orleans.