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Professor to serve with American Psychology Association

October 29, 2002

An Austin Peay faculty member has accepted a two-year administrative post at the American Psychology Association in Washington, D.C.

Beginning January 2003, Dr. Maureen McCarthy, associate professor of psychology, will serve as director of the APA's Office of Pre-College and Undergraduate Education.

In this capacity, she will coordinate training workshops for psychology teachers at all levels and work with officials from colleges across the country to enhance and innovate national psychology curriculum standards.

McCarthy's selection was based on her expertise in psychometrics, assessment and research methods, as well as a longstanding commitment to psychology education, according to Dr. Barney Beins, outgoing director.

“Her experience at two- and four-year institutions and with high school teachers gives her a unique perspective that will permit her to continue the momentum already created in this department,” said Beins.

In addition to organizing the Undergraduate Departmental Consulting Service for APA Division 2, McCarthy is active in its Psychology Partnerships Project and Society for the Teaching of Psychology. She also helped coordinate Measuring Up: Best Practices in Assessment in Psychology Education, the first national conference on assessment in psychology.

McCarthy has a doctorate in research and evaluation from Oklahoma State University and is enrolled in post-doctoral training in counseling psychology at Tennessee State University. She holds several professional memberships, including the Southeastern Psychological Association, Middle Tennessee Psychological Association and American Education Research Association. She has presented her work at numerous conferences including the American Psychological Association, Association for Moral Education and Mid-America Conference for Teachers of Psychology.

McCarthy has taught at Austin Peay since 1994. She will return to the University in January 2005.