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Pacific University's professional psychology program, formerly known as the School of Professional Psychology, became the School of Graduate Psychology, effective Jan. 1, 2017.
"The name change reflects expansions in the school to include a variety of programs, such as the PhD program in clinical psychology and the master's degree program in applied psychological science, both research-oriented programs," said school dean Christiane Brems.
"Additionally, the change further aligns the school with national trends in healthcare and psychology’s role within these developments. It complies with the spirit of a directive by the American Psychological Association, the accrediting body for several of our programs, to identify psychology as a healthcare profession that embraces research and clinical practices."
The process for determining the new name was participatory and inclusive of the faculty through the university's shared governance approval process prior to its review and ultimate approval by the university's Board of Trustees.