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COORDINATING BOARD APPROVES UTSA PH.D. IN PSYCHOLOGY TO FOCUS ON MILITARY HEALTH AND WELLNESS NEEDS
UTSA

February, 2012

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved
a Ph.D. degree in Psychology to begin at The University of Texas at San
Antonio in Fall, 2012.  The university¹s 24th doctoral degree program will
be administered in the Department of Psychology within the College of
Liberal and Fine Arts.

The new doctoral program in psychology will build on the collaborative
efforts of researchers from military and civilian institutions in the San
Antonio area and is expected to become one of the leading programs in the
nation for investigating health and mental health care issues that relate to
military personnel and their families.   Graduates from the program will
have the research skills necessary to become leaders in this growth area of
military health care, as well as in the broader area of health and wellness.
Only one other doctoral program in the country offers a comparable emphasis
on research skills that are uniquely tailored to investigate issues related
to military health.

³This new program will prepare desperately needed specialists in health
psychology, and contribute directly to the wellness of our citizenry,
particularly our nation¹s veterans and their families,² said Dan Gelo, dean
of the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts.  ³Our graduates will have the
needed quantitative skills and research methods to be leaders in the
development of new preventions and treatments.  I congratulate the
psychology faculty for their steady work in developing the program, and
thank our partners at the University of Texas at San Antonio Health Science
Center and San Antonio Military Medical Center for their vital
collaboration.²    
           

Previous research has indicated that a large percentage of military
personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from mental health
disorders or psychosocial behavioral problems, including post-traumatic
stress disorder.  

Recruiting efforts will focus on diverse doctoral candidates with a focus on
military health and wellness issues, especially from universities belonging
to the Hispanic Association of College and Universities and the Historically
Black Colleges and Universities.

The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher
education institutions in Texas and one of nine academic universities and
six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution,
UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to
educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global
environment.

UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in 135 degree programs in the colleges of
Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering,
Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and the Graduate
School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource
center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. Learn
more at www.utsa.edu/today http://www.utsa.edu/today.


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