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Two CAS Professors Receive President’s Awards from UM System

The University of Missouri System presented two University of Missouri-Kansas City College of Arts and Sciences professors with President’s Awards on Friday, April 14.

Joan McDowd, professor of psychology, was awarded the President’s Award for Community Engagement by Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Bob Schwartz and Interim Chief of Staff David Russell and Wai-Yim Ching, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Physics, was awarded the President’s Award for Sustained Career Excellence by UMKC Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Bichelmeyer. Continue reading

CAS Professors Receive 2016 UMKC Online Awards

UMKC Online AwardsTwo UMKC College of Arts and Sciences professors recently received 2016 UMKC Online Awards for their online teaching.

Dr. Kymberly Bennett, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Undergraduate Psychology Program, was honored with the 2016 Accessible Course Content Award for the course Psychology 312 – Social Psychology. This award recognizes the individual who supports and promotes accessibility through the incorporation of accessible design/universal design standards into the online course. Continue reading

Lundgren named Associate Dean of the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences

Jennifer Lundgren, Ph.D.The UMKC College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Lundgren, Ph.D., as the new Associate Dean, effective September 1, 2017.

Dr. Lundgren is taking over the Associate Dean position previously held by Michael Kruger, Ph.D., who has accepted a new position as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Dakota. Continue reading

Mentors Researching Mentorship

Mentor Jennifer Lundgren and mentee Frances BozsikDynamic duo in psychology deeply understands the benefits

With a student-to-faculty ratio resembling a small private college, UMKC makes mentorship a central part of the student experience. Though more than 16,000 students are enrolled, the 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio is unusually small for such a large university.

The result: UMKC has many mentorship success stories.

Meet Jennifer Lundgren, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor in the Department of Psychology; and Frances Bozsik, who is working to complete a Clinical Health Psychology PhD in 2020. Continue reading

Psychology Professor Named Presidential Engagement Fellow

Joan McDowd

The College is proud to congratulate Dr. Joan McDowd on her recent selection as a 2020-21 UM System Presidential Engagement Fellow. The Fellowship grants Dr. McDowd and the 14 other UM faculty in the 2020-21 cohort, including Dr. Jamila Jefferson-Jones (School of Law) and Dr. Joey Lightner (School of Nursing and Health Studies) from UMKC, opportunities to speak and share their excellent research with communities across the state of Missouri. Dr. McDowd currently serves as Chair of the Department of Psychology and Director of the Gerontology Program.

From the recent UMKC Today article announcing UMKC’s Presidential Engagement Fellows:

McDowd serves as director and advisor for Gerontology programs. Her research interests are in cognitive aging, particularly in attention and memory processes. Although primarily interested in healthy aging, she also applies methods from cognitive psychology to understanding cognition in stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease as well as in severe mental illness. She was awarded the 2017 President’s Award for Community Engagement, which recognizes faculty who are involved in exemplary engagement activities such as volunteerism, service-learning, educational programming and outreach.

To learn more about the Presidential Engagement Fellows program and the 2020-21 cohort, see this UM news release.

State Licensing Boards

Alabama
See Board of Examiners in Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Alaska
See The Board of Psychologists and Psychological Associate Examiners

Completion of UMKC’s APA accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Arizona
See Board of Psychologist Examiners

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Arkansas
See Psychology Board

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

California
See Board of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program alone does not meet California educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. California accepts accredited programs to meet educational degree requirements; but California also requires additional specific coursework or continuing education training prior to licensure. Specifically, CA licensure requires 10 hours of training in human sexuality, 7 hours of training in child abuse assessment, 15 hours in spousal/partner abuse, detection and intervention strategies, 10 hours in aging and long-term care, and 1 semester or 1 quarter term course in alcoholism/chemical dependency detection and treatment. Students wishing to become licensed in California are advised to seek elective coursework or other training to meet these additional training requirements.

Colorado
See Department of Regulatory Agencies Division of Professions and Occupations

Completion of UMKC’s APA accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Connecticut
See State Department of Public Health

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Delaware
See Division of Professional Regulation Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

District of Columbia
See DC Health Board of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Florida
See Board of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Georgia
See Board of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Hawaii
See Department of Commerce and Human Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing Division Board of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Idaho
See Board of Psychologist Examiners

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Illinois
See Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Indiana
See State Psychology Board

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Iowa
See Board of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Kansas
See Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Kentucky
See Public Protection Cabinet Office of Occupations and Professions Board of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Louisiana
See State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Maine
See Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Maryland
See Department of Health Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Massachusetts
See Board of Registration of Psychologists

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Michigan
See Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Board of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program does not meet Michigan educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. Michigan accepts accredited programs to meet educational degree requirements, but Michigan also requires additional specific coursework or continuing education training prior to licensure. Specifically, Michigan requires additional training in identifying victims of human trafficking before being approved for licensure. See Michigan admin code R.338-2525 for several possibilities that meet this requirement, ranging from reading an article to taking a continuing education workshop.

Minnesota
See Board of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Mississippi
See Board of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Missouri
See Division of Professional Registration Committee of Psychologists

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Montana
See Department of Labor & Industry Board of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Nebraska
See Department of Health & Human Services Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Nevada
See Board of Psychological Examiners

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

New Hampshire
See Board of Psychologists

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

New Jersey
See New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs State Board of Psychological Affairs

We have not determined whether UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the New Jersey educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

New Mexico
See Psychologist Examiners

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

New York
See Office of the Professions: Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

North Carolina
See Psychology Board

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

North Dakota
See State Board of Psychology Examiners

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. However, it is important to note that North Dakota specifies that telepsych may not replace face to face supervision requirements. During the COVID pandemic, UMKC is using telepsychology in some of our training. Therefore, it is advised that students interested in North Dakota check directly with the North Dakota licensing authority regarding COVID exceptions for telepsych.

Ohio
See Board of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Oklahoma
See State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Oregon
See Board of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Pacific Territories
UMKC has not determined whether completion of the training program meets educational requirements to apply for registration or licensure as psychologist in Pacific Territories.

Pennsylvania
See State Board of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Puerto Rico
UMKC has not determined whether completion of the training program meets educational requirements to apply for registration or licensure as psychologist in Puerto Rico.

Rhode Island
See Department of Health: Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

South Carolina
See Labor Licensing Regulation Board of Examiners in Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

South Dakota
See Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Tennessee
See Department of Health: Board of Examiners of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Texas
See Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a provisional psychologist. Provisional Psychologist is a pre-requisite to full psychologist in Texas.

Utah
See Department of Commerce Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing: Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

U.S. Virgin Islands
See Board of Psychology Examiners

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Vermont
See Board of Psychological Examiners

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Virginia
See Department of Health Professions Board of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Washington
See Examining Board of Psychology

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

West Virginia
See Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Wisconsin
See Department of Safety and Professional Services: Psychologist

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Wyoming
See Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board

Completion of UMKC’s APA-accredited program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Document: State Licensing Board Websites/Licensure Information

Thin is In? Think Again: UMKC doctoral student’s research is gaining international attention

Frances Bozsik, a UMKC doctoral psychology student, researched the perception of the ideal female figure, which is gaining worldwide coverage. Photo by Brandon Parigo, Strategic Marketing and CommunicationsA UMKC doctoral student’s research on what constitutes the ideal female figure is earning media coverage around the globe.

“It’s really exciting,” said Frances Bozsik, who is on track to complete a Clinical Health Psychology Ph.D. in 2020. “The study reflects the trend people are noticing that fitness and nutrition – vs. thinness – is the ideal.” Continue reading