School of Professional Psychology



Enhance our distinctive learning experience to produce talented graduates with the knowledge and skills essential for critical thinking, meaningful civic engagement, international competency, an appreciation for the arts, lifelong learning and the ability to lead and adapt in a rapidly changing world.

Objective A
Ensure the alignment of General Education, the major, assessment, undergraduate and graduate program review, and co-curricular activities with the above goal.

  • The School of Professional Psychology Psy.D. program and the Doctoral Internship program received the highest level of re-accreditation from the American Psychological Association in 2009 and 2012, respectively.
  • The Ellis Human Development Institute became a certified community mental health agency by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and received CARF, an international accreditor of health and human services agencies, reaccreditation in 2011.

Objective B
Diversify and enrich academic and professional programs, including non-degree.

  • In response to student interest and community need, the School of Professional Psychology initiated its first formal concentration, the Child Emphasis area, to provide distinctive child generalist training.
  • Janeece Warfield, Psy.D., became a registered play therapist-supervisor in 2013 and was a fellow at the Association of Play Therapy’s Leadership Academy in 2011.
  • The Ellis Institute received a multi-year grant from the Vectren Foundation to create a state-of-the-art playroom for children’s services and student training.

Objective C
Recruit and retain a nationally/internationally recognized diverse, learning centered faculty and staff.

  • In 2008, James Dobbins, Ph.D., was the third School of Professional Psychology faculty member to become president of National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, and chaired its mid-winter conference Advancing the Multicultural Agenda: From Aspiration to Actualization.
  • Larry James, Ph.D., served as president of the Health Psychology Examining Board of the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Objective D
Enhance the quantity and quality of dialogue with our various communities to ensure our academic relevance and distinctiveness.

  • Jeffery Allen, Ph.D., served as a member of the Interdisciplinary Group, which also includes Allied, Health, Medicine, Social Work, and Nursing.
  • The Ellis Institute increased the number of clients served in Dayton by 40 percent in 2011, and by 23 percent in 2013.
  • Counseling and Wellness Services started an Active Minds chapter to reduce the stigma of mental illness on campus and beyond.
  • In 2011, Victor McCarley, Psy.D., became the first School of Professional Psychology faculty member to serve on the State Board of Psychology.



Enhance student access to and successful participation in higher education through quality and innovative instruction and student life programs that increase graduation and career placement for a diverse student body.

Objective B
Enhance the academic success of students.

  • School of Professional Psychology students achieved 100 percent placement for their fifth-year doctoral internship. Students compete nationally for these slots. This achievement comes in spite of increasing disparity in the number of accredited placements and the number of students applying.
  • In memory of Betty Yung, Ph.D., a faculty member who died in 2012, the Health Path Foundation of Ohio endowed a fund to support dissertation work and students working in violence prevention, in addition to supporting student travel and research.

Objective C
Develop effective educational processes to assist students in meeting post-graduate career and educational goals.

  • In 2011, the School of Professional Psychology expanded its Professional Development Group for first-year students to a yearlong experience that includes coverage of the school’s history and training model, faculty scholarship areas, and presentations by alumni and community psychologists on psychology careers.
  • In 2013, SOPP reinstituted its Post-Doctoral Fellow training program.



Expand our scholarship in innovative and targeted ways to address regional, national and global needs.

Objective A
Build a national and international research reputation

  • Jeffery Allen, Ph.D., received funding from 2008 to 2011 from the Alzheimer’s Association to examine education as a predictor variable of cognitive decline and dementia in African American elders. 
  • In 2009, Larry James, Ph.D., received the Booz-Black Award for Outstanding Research and Practice in Counseling Health Psychology from the American Psychological Association

Objective C
Foster discovery at all levels in the educational pipeline (K–16+)

  • Cheryl Meyer, Ph.D., directed students who are teaching lifespan development to women serving life sentences at the Ohio Reformatory for Women. 



Provide leadership to promote and support social, cultural and economic development within the region through our collaborations with local, state, national and global partners.

Objective A
Increase the opportunities within the curriculum for community engagement.

  • For the past five years, School of Professional Psychology students volunteered at Hospice of Dayton’s Pathways weekend grief camp for children. 

Objective B
Enhance the university’s presence with the Dayton/West Central Ohio regions, and beyond, in ways that benefit communities.

  • The School of Professional Psychology partnered with Wright-Dunbar Neighborhood for community transformation in Dayton through collaborative research measures.
  • School of Professional Psychology practicum students provided over 45,000 hours of clinical services a year to agencies in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus.
  • In 2013, the Montgomery County Commission appointed Mary Ann Drewry, executive director of the Ellis Institute, to the Montgomery County Family and Children’s Service Board.
  • The School of Professional Psychology provided continuing education programs to meet the professional development needs of Wright State and community mental health professionals.



Develop and sustain the human, financial and physical resources required to accomplish the university’s strategic goals.

Objective A
Encourage and support the professional development and wellness of faculty and staff.

  • School of Professional Psychology faculty members Robert Rando, Ph.D., and Julie Williams, Psy.D., obtained Fellow status, bringing to nine the number of SOPP faculty who have the Diplomate in Psychology.
  • Janeece Warfield, Psy.D., participated in the American Psychology’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology in 2012–13.
  • Counseling and Wellness Services received the 2012 President’s Award for Excellence for an Outstanding Unit.
  • In 2013, Kimberly Hudson received the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership Classified for serving as a role model among her peers in fiduciary and diversity-related matters.

Objective C
Generate increased revenue.

  • The Ellis Institute increased its clinical revenue by 74 percent.

Objective D
Increase investments in facilities/technologies to achieve strategic goals.

  • Both the Ellis Institute and the School of Professional Psychology’s Health Sciences Building were renovated in the Summer 2013, creating a more inviting atmosphere for students, faculty, clients, and visitors.
  • The School of Professional Psychology upgraded the electronic classroom technology in the Health Sciences Building and at the Ellis Institute.