School of Psychology Bestows Eight Doctorates

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology’s School of Psychology graduated eight students with doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) degrees Sept. 12, 2009.

Scott M Bea, the school’s Alumnus of the Year recipient, gave the commencement address in the university’s Gleason Performing Arts Center.

Bea received his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Florida Tech in 1986, following his internship at the Cleveland VA Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. At the time, he was the first Psy.D. candidate that the Cleveland VA had ever accepted to their internship program. Scott received his B.A. in psychology from Cleveland State University in 1982.

Since his graduation and for the past 23 years, Scott has been a member of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic hospital has 15,000 employees on its main campus and more than 35,000 within its entire health care system. It commonly is ranked as one of the top four hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

The 2009 Psy.D. graduates are Drs.: Davina Ann Bedsole, Claire E. Blankemeier, Donna Marie Burrowes, Ronald James Daugherty, Deborah Denise Gambles, Kyle Joseph Goodwin, Jill Corine Nicolino and Donald Reeves Respess.

Florida Tech offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology. This year, the university’s doctor of psychology program in clinical psychology celebrates its 25th year of continuous full accreditation by the American Psychological Association. The program is also listed as a designated doctoral program in psychology by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

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