Geropsychology is a specialty area recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) that focuses on the mental health, assessment, and treatment of older adults. The APA estimates that there are roughly 700 psychologists working with older adults in the United States but with shifting population demographics it’s predicted the country will need some 5,000 geropsychologists by the year 2020.
William James College is one of only two PsyD programs in the country to offer a Geropsychology concentration. A generous gift by Trustee Thomas Lockerby and his wife Kathleen McCrickerd to the College will support students planning to work in this dynamic field. The Green Mountain Scholarship in Geropsychology, named for Mr. Lockerby’s home state of Vermont, will be awarded to one incoming student in 2020 and a second in 2021.
To be eligible, new students must be entering the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at William James, commit to enroll in the geropsychology concentration or emphasis, and maintain good academic standing throughout their enrollment. In their first three years in the program, students must also complete at least one geropsychology-focused field placement. The $15,000 scholarship will be distributed in installments over three years as long as eligibility requirements are maintained.
Interested and eligible students should indicate their intention to study geropsychology on their application and discuss this in their application materials. Such students will then be automatically reviewed and recipients will be informed of the award in their financial aid packages.
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