Hawaii School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University

Hawaii School of Professional Psychology

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Our Clinical Psychology programs are designed to prepare practitioner-scholars whose scientific, theoretical and practical foundations enable them to meet the challenges of the diverse settings, populations and communities in which they serve.

Personal and Professional Preparation

Offering a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, The Hawai'i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (HSPP) is dedicated to encouraging your personal and professional growth through faculty mentorship, engaging classroom discussions and experiential learning opportunities. Our programs are vitally important for developing psychologists who can work to address the mental health needs of local populations in Hawai'i, and who understand and recognize the importance of social justice and human diversity.

Argosy University, Hawaii

1001 Bishop Street, Suite 400,
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: 808-536-5555

Clinical Admissions Director

Erin Frana, MBA
efrana@argosy.edu
808-791-5247

Education Verifications or Alumni Transcript Requests

Kristen Connors
kconnors@argosy.edu
808-791-5228

Local Training Sites

At HSPP, we are committed to providing quality, practical training experiences for our students. Training sites may include:

  • Military Institutions
  • Private Practices
  • College Counseling Centers
  • Clinics
  • State and Federal Agencies
  • Medical Facilities
  • Rural Health Centers
  • Mental Health Hospitals

Recent News

Hawaii Grad Dr. Kimberley Cook Named a “Hawaii MVP”
Hawaii Grad Dr. Kimberley Cook Named a “Hawaii MVP”

Dr. Kimberley Cook, who in 2008 earned a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Hawai`i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, was recently named a “Hawaii MVP” by KITV News.

Cook was featured in a 4-minute news segment on the June 2, 2017 broadcast, highlighting her work as the executive director of U.S. VETS – Barber’s Point, an organization that provides comprehensive supportive services to veterans who are homeless and in need of assistance. She operates nearly 20 different programs and oversees 50 employees. “[Our organization is] the only veteran-specific program in the State of Hawai'i to not only directly serve our veterans, but interface with community members who support our veterans,” Cook said.

Video link:
http://www.kitv.com/story/35580252/hawaii-mvp-kim-cook

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Hawai`i School Holds Clinical Training Seminar, “Evidence-Based Treatment Parent-Child Interaction Therapy”
Hawai`i School Holds Clinical Training Seminar, “Evidence-Based Treatment Parent-Child Interaction Therapy”

Recently, the Hawai`i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University hosted a clinical training seminar titled “Evidence-Based Treatment Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.” Dr. Steven Choy, associate professor, was the presenter.

The clinical seminar explored two evidence-based psychological treatments that have demonstrated success in improving parent-child relationship and reducing harmful parent-child interactions.

·        Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) uses behavioral and systems treatment modalities that work with both the parent and the child with in therapy room with treatment being provided by a trained therapist remotely through an earpiece for the parent. The therapy works on increasing the parent’s attunement to their child’s needs and focuses on helping the child increase positive social interactions and decrease negative destructive and non-compliant acting out behaviors.

·        Child Parent Psychotherapy is one of only a very few evidence-based relationship treatments that works with parents and infants or very young children together. The treatment uses psychodynamic and relationship treatment modalities to work through their past traumas and develop positive relationships. The therapy engages both the child and the parent in representational play therapy with the therapist in the room to guide the play and assist the parent in understanding the causes of their perception, behaviors and emotions and develop alternative healthy interactions with their child. The treatment focus is to work through the trauma so that it does not interfere with the healthy relationship between parent and child.

Choy is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the prevention, assessment and treatment of child maltreatment. With over 40 years in the field, he has a sub-specialty in developmental disabilities. In addition to his teaching, Choy is also the Director of the Family Strengthening Center (FSC) at Family Programs Hawaii. The FSC is an Argosy University-affiliated training center that provides multidisciplinary assessment, treatment and consultations services to the Department of Human Services-Child Welfare Services and Specialty Courts of the Oahu Family Court.

 

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Argosy University, Hawai‘i Receives Grant for Family Strengthening Center
Argosy University, Hawai‘i Receives Grant for Family Strengthening Center

Argosy University, Hawai‘i’s affiliated site, the Family Strengthening Center at Family Programs Hawai‘i, was recently awarded a $1 million per year grant for 6 years from the State of Hawaii, Department of Human Services.  This grant will support mental health assessments, psychological evaluations, court expert psychological testimony and psychological consultation of victims of child maltreatment and their families.   

 

Both Argosy University, Hawai‘i and the Hawai‘i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University were instrumental in developing this center that services the entire state. This grant will allow the center to provide a stable psychological internship, psychology practicum and marriage and family therapy practicum experience for at least the next six years.

 

The center provides a venue for training current Argosy University, Hawai‘i students. It also provides psychological services to children removed from their caretakers due to child maltreatment. The school is utilizing a 3-year grant from the Federal Department of Education to research and develop educational and psychological strategies to improve the educational and social outcomes of native Hawaiian children in foster care. 

 

 

 

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Oversees Community Forensics Programs; Supervises and Trains Forensic Clinical Psychologists
Oversees Community Forensics Programs; Supervises and Trains Forensic Clinical Psychologists

Don Pedro
2004, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
Hawai`i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University

Forensic Section Head - Oahu Branch at the Hawai'i Department of Adult Mental Health


“The faculty [at Argosy University] were invested in my learning. They were always there to guide and challenge me to engage in critical thinking that allowed me to grow both professionally and personally.”

Oversees Community Forensics Programs; Supervises and Trains Forensic Clinical Psychologists

 

Dr. Don “Keith” Pedro is the forensic section head – Oahu Branch at the Department of Adult Mental Health— Hawai'i.  Pedro oversees community forensic programs and trains forensic clinical psychologists, a court-based clinician psychologist and Jail Diversion staff. “I also provide forensic consultations to judiciary and various state agencies on behalf of the Department of Adult Mental Health,” he said. “[For the past 12 years, I’ve lectured in psychology] as an adjunct lecturer for Kapiolani Community College - University of Hawaii and at Argosy University,  Hawai'i.”

Pedro’s travels helped him to identify his career path. “My family had hopes for me to go into business as a family trend, but that didn't suit me. My travels motivated me to learn more about human behavior. It was a personal quest to help those at the margins of society,” he stated. He did not plan to study forensics but discovered that it was a passion. “I started off as a forensic coordinator conducting risk assessments, providing forensic consultations to treatment teams and state agencies,” he added.

 

Pedro looked at doctor of psychology programs both in Hawai'i and on the mainland before choosing the Hawai`i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. He said, “I truly believe that it takes not only the university to prepare [for a career], but also the student. [The student must be invested] in continuous learning. Argosy University provided me with the structured courses necessary as a clinician and courses that prepared me for licensure.” He earned a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the university in 2004.

With the solid foundation his education provided, Pedro continued to receive promotions in the forensic field. “My high points are seen in the collaborative relationships built over the years. My growth would not have been possible without the strong support of my supervisors and the director that believed in me. [These people] allowed me to develop not only programs but collaborative community relationships,” he stated. In addition to his promotions, Pedro is a recipient of the Hawaii Psychological Association’s "Teaching Psychology” annual award.

Graduate school is difficult and requires commitment, according to Pedro. He was challenged with tough class schedules that required him to make sacrifices. “Be less entitled and more humble in this journey and learn as much as you can. Take on an internal locus of control,” he recommended to others pursuing their degrees.

 

Pedro’s additional accomplishments include a recent appointment to the Board of Psychology for the State of Hawaii (DCCA). He serves on the board of directors for I'Ola Lahui, a native Hawaiian scholarship training for behavioral health in rural communities and is on the advisory council for The Salvation Army Women's Way. Pedro is a past Diversity delegate for the Hawaii Psychological Association. 

 

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