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We have had a significant role in the development of the professional psychology
school model. The founders of our first programs were psychologists and educators
who were committed to a new kind of training for clinical psychologists. Some of
these innovative people remain involved with our programs today. Marc Lubin, PhD,
who is currently a Professor at our Orange County campus, was one of the first faculty
members at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago. "It was very much a radical sort of grassroots movement in psychology,"
recalls Dr. Lubin. "Few places in the United States at the time offered an emphasis
on training and practice. Faculty and students alike were drawn in by the concept
of a doctoral degree that didn’t focus solely on research."
While our professional schools were pioneers in this movement that has transformed
psychology education and practice, our innovative contributions have continued.
For instance, we have been active members of the National Council of Schools and
Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). During 2010-2011, Stephen Lally, PhD,
associate dean of the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Argosy University
was the of President of NCSPP. Under his leadership, the 2011 Annual Conference,
"NCSPP 2025: Leap into the Future," focused on preparing clinical psychology students
for future practice. In addition, one of our most important commitments is to increase
the number of quality internships available to clinical psychology students through
the development of internship consortia at many of our schools. This is our legacy.