The Adler School Leads the Way in Army Clinical Psychology Scholarships

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The U.S. Army has awarded three of its 20 annual psychology scholarships to Adler School of Professional Psychology doctoral students, giving the Adler School more than any other in the country.

The U.S. Army has awarded three of its 20 annual psychology scholarships to Adler School of Professional Psychology doctoral students, giving the Adler School more than any other in the country. The opportunity to help soldiers and veterans - an overlooked and underserved patient population - fits well with the School's mission to promote social justice and produce socially responsible graduates.

Because the Adler School offers an advanced accredited program in treating addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - specialty training that is not widely available - the program is a good fit for students who will serve soldiers and veterans. Many Adler School students who were not Army scholarship recipients have been hired by the Veteran's Administration after graduation due to the specialty training.

The F. Edward Hebert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) covers full tuition and books, as well as a monthly allowance. After graduation from the Adler School, the scholarship recipients will intern at an Army medical facility and serve in the Army.

"This is an excellent opportunity for these students, who will get post-graduate training at top-notch medical facilities," said Joseph Troiani, Ph.D., coordinator of the School's Substance Abuse Program, and a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves. "Dealing with the psychological casualties of war is as critical as dealing with the physical injuries. And, in terms of psychology, one of most neglected populations is veterans, who are disproportionally represented among the homeless."

Dr. Troiani advises the Military Psychology student organization at the School, which brings in speakers to discuss how to address psychological issues that affect soldiers and veterans.

Scholarship recipients Kathryn Cline, David Hardley and Tom Patterson currently are students in the Adler School's Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program. They join last year's Army scholarship recipients Andre Chaplin, Michael Brennan and Madina Boyd, who also are in the Psy.D. program. Two other Adler School Psy.D. students, Liliana Burciaga and Vanessa Haig, have been named to this year's alternate list.

"It's a highly competitive selection process, so it's a rare honor for a school to have this many student recipients in one program and is a testament to the high standards of ethical leadership and academic excellence at the Adler School," said Michael J. Rakow, U.S. Army Captain and Commander of the U.S. Army Chicago Medical Recruiting Company. "Adler seeks to instill ethical and moral compassion in students, who are very service-oriented, which fits very well with Army values."

The scholarship recipients are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army Reserve while in school and promoted to captains upon entry onto active duty for internship. After graduating from the School and completing their internship training, the students will be required to serve in the active Army as clinical psychologists for three years from their date of licensure. They will be members of the Army Health Care Team, whose mission is to support America's Army, at home and abroad. The Army Health Care Team serves three million beneficiaries.

"They are aware of the possibility of being deployed overseas, which for many students is the highlight of their time in the military," said Dr. Troiani. "They work hand in hand with medical personnel and nurses and work with soldiers on the frontlines. They also could easily find themselves providing psychological support as part of humanitarian efforts, such as those in Haiti."

More About the Adler School of Professional Psychology:
The Adler School has provided quality education through a Scholar/Practitioner model for over 50 years. The School's mission is to turn out socially responsible graduates that practice psychology throughout the world. The Adler School has ten graduate-level programs with approximately 900 students enrolled at campuses in Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information visit, call 604-482-5510.


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