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Professor to Serve as President of APA’s School Psychology Division

Dr. Tammy Hughes, associate professor in Duquesne University’s Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education, is the new president-elect of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division of School Psychology. She will begin her three-year term in 2008.

The largest association of psychologists worldwide, the APA is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. Its Division of School Psychology is composed of scientific-practitioner psychologists whose major professional interests lie with children, families and the schooling process.

“Some initiatives for my role in the presidency include the external translation of the School Psychology Division's recent successes that impact the lives of children; translating who we are to a broader audience is critical,” said Hughes, a certified school psychologist.  “I will also be exploring strategic, long-term planning for the use of the Division's resources to increase the relevance of school psychology to the national conversation on child mental health and education.”

The APA’s Division of School Psychology is dedicated to facilitating the professional practice of school psychology and actively advocates in areas such as education and health care reform, which have significant implications for the practice of psychology with children.

Hughes, whose research interests include prevention and treatment of aggression in children, has been teaching in Duquesne’s School of Education since 1999. Her work experience includes assessment, counseling and consultation services in forensic and juvenile justice settings focusing on parent-school-interagency treatment planning and integrity monitoring.  Hughes has published articles in the journals Trainer’s Forum, School Psychology Quarterly and the South African Rorschach Journal. She and a colleague from Duquesne are working on a book on assessing, identifying and treating conduct disorder at school. Hughes is associate editor of Psychology in the Schools and is a creative-teaching award winner at Duquesne.

A resident of Regent Square, Hughes has a Ph.D. in school psychology and a B.A. from Arizona State University, and an M.A. in clinical psychology from St. Mary’s University.

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