American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia

American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia

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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.

The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia is pleased to announce that the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program was awarded a continued grant of accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA). The program was reaccredited for seven years which is the maximum amount of time allowed by the APA’s Commission on Accreditation.

Personal and Professional Preparation

Located in Arlington, Virginia, the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Northern Virginia is only a short distance from the nation's capitol. Both the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) and Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology programs are designed to encourage your personal and professional growth, providing a rigorous curriculum in psychotherapy, psychological assessment and psychopathology. These programs are led by a prestigious faculty of active and renowned practitioner-scholars.

Argosy University, Northern Virginia

1550 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700,
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone: 703-526-5800

Clinical Admissions Director

J. Katrina Holloway
jholloway@argosy.edu
703-526-5855

Registrar’s Office (Verification/Alumni Transcripts), Student Services or Financial Aid

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Alumni Information

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Local Training Sites

Our school is fortunate to work with a rich array of practicum and internship sites in the DC Metropolitan area. In addition, we constantly strive to build new relationships with sites near and far, including locations in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Our students may receive training at:

  • Psychiatric Hospitals
  • Children's Hospitals
  • Correctional and Forensic Facilities
  • University Counseling Centers
  • Community Mental Health Centers, Schools, and Group Practices
  • VA and Military Facilities

Students may also apply to the APA Accredited Mid Atlantic Internship Consortium, our exclusive internship program and an Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers member.

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Recent News

Northern Virginia Instructor to Present at Nonviolent Active Bystander Intervention Training in D.C.
Northern Virginia Instructor to Present at Nonviolent Active Bystander Intervention Training in D.C.

David Sacks, PsyD, associate professor and director of clinical training for clinical psychology programs at the American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Northern Virginia will present at the Nonviolent Active Bystander Intervention Training in Washington, D.C. The training is a 3 hour, hands-on workshop that prepares participants with skills to respond to a situation happening in a public space—specifically when a person being targeted for his or her nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity. It takes place from 9:30 am -12:30 pm on Wednesday August 2, 2017 at George Washington University.

Dr. Sacks is board certified in clinical psychology and is a delegate and member of the Clinical Training Committee of the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology. He’s also a member of American Psychological Association. Sacks practiced for 13 years as a clinician, supervisor and administrator in public mental health agencies in both New York City and Washington, D.C. and was Chief Psychologist in the Child and Youth Division of the D.C. Department of Mental Health.

Sacks is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology and the Program in Excellence in Municipal Management of The George Washington University.

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Performs Investigative Psychology Work for United States Army
Performs Investigative Psychology Work for United States Army

Michelle Miller
2008 Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia*
Forensic Psychologist for the United States Army

“I am grateful for the pharmacology and neuropsychology classes, which ultimately prepared me for my internship and residency training at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.”

Performs Investigative Psychology Work for United States Army

Dr. Michelle Miller is a forensic psychologist for the United States Army. She’s responsible for investigative psychology work and is developing an agent wellness program. Miller’s psychology internship training program took place at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, followed by work as a brigade psychologist for 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. “Following a year-long deployment to Iraq with my unit, I moved to Fort Rucker, Alabama and worked as the Chief, Survival, Evasion, Rescue and Escape (SERE) psychologist,” she said.

Miller earned a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia in 2008 and was assigned as the forensic psychologist for the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Miller is an active member of the United States Army and a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal. She said that her deployment to Iraq was the highlight of her career. “I quickly learned to function independently as a psychologist in an austere environment,” she stated. “I also learned the importance of consultation within Army command channels. Lastly, I learned the importance of integrating into an infantry unit to gain the trust and respect of my fellow Soldiers.”

She added that her professor, Dr. Michael Lynch, encouraged her to pursue a position in the Army. “I am grateful for the pharmacology and neuropsychology classes, which ultimately prepared me for my internship and residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center,” she said.

Miller recommends that current students think outside of the box and look for novel solutions. “Seek to always test your limits so that you can learn, grow and become more resilient,” she stated. “Never cease in your attempts to improve the organization in which you work; there may resistance at first, but you can accomplish a lot with the right attitude and a proactive mindset.”

*At the time of Dr. Miller’s graduation, the school was called American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Washington D.C.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Argosy University, Northern Virginia, 1550 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22209. ©2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu

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Argosy University, Northern Virginia, 1550 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22209 is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (James Monroe Building, 101 North 14th Street, Richmond, VA 23219, 1.804.225.2600; www.schev.edu.

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For anorexia nervosa, researchers implicate genetic locus on chromosome 12
For anorexia nervosa, researchers implicate genetic locus on chromosome 12

University of North Carolina (UNC) researchers led the most powerful genomic study of anorexia nervosa conducted to date to identify the common roots anorexia shares with psychiatric and metabolic traits.

A landmark study led by UNC School of Medicine researchers has identified the first genetic locus for anorexia nervosa and has revealed that there may also be metabolic underpinnings to this potentially deadly illness.

Dr. Lisa Lilenfeld, professor and faculty member at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia was one of the members of the Anorexia Nervosa Working Group of the Psychiatric Genetics Consortium who co-authored this paper/project.

The study, which is the most powerful genetic study of anorexia nervosa conducted to date, included genome-wide analysis of DNA from 3,495 individuals with anorexia nervosa and 10,982 unaffected individuals.

If particular genetic variations are significantly more frequent in people with a disorder compared to unaffected people, the variations are said to be "associated" with the disorder. Associated genetic variations can serve as powerful pointers to regions of the human genome where disorder-causing problems reside, according to the National Human Genome Research Institute.

“We identified one genome-wide significant locus for anorexia nervosa on chromosome 12, in a region previously shown to be associated with type 1 diabetes and autoimmune disorders,” said lead investigator, Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAED, founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders and a professor at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

“We also calculated genetic correlations – the extent to which various traits and disorders are caused by the same genes," said Bulik. “Anorexia nervosa was significantly genetically correlated with neuroticism and schizophrenia, supporting the idea that anorexia is indeed a psychiatric illness.”

“But, unexpectedly, we also found strong genetic correlations with various metabolic features including body composition (BMI) and insulin-glucose metabolism. This finding encourages us to look more deeply at how metabolic factors increase the risk for anorexia nervosa,” Bulik said.

This study was conducted by the Psychiatric Genetics Consortium Eating Disorders Working Group – an international collaboration of researchers at multiple institutions worldwide.

“In the era of team science, we brought over 220 scientists and clinicians together to achieve this large sample size. Without this collaboration we would never have been able to discover that anorexia has both psychiatric and metabolic roots,” said Gerome Breen, PhD, of King’s College London.

“Working with large data sets allows us to make discoveries that would never be possible in smaller studies,” said Laramie Duncan, PhD, of Stanford University, who served as lead analyst on the project.

The researchers are continuing to increase sample sizes and see this as the beginning of genomic discovery in anorexia nervosa. Viewing anorexia nervosa as both a psychiatric and metabolic condition could ignite interest in developing or repurposing medications for its treatment where currently none exist.

Institutions that participated in this research include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Karolinska Institutet; King’s College London; Stanford University; the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University; Massachusetts General Hospital; Charité-Universtätsmedizin Berlin; the department of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Duisburg, Essen; and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Several international funding sources contributed to this work including, but not limited to the National Institute of Mental Health, the Wellcome Trust, the Price Foundation, the Klarman Family Foundation, and the United Kingdom National Institute for Health Research.

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Northern Virginia Grad Pius O. Ojevwe Voted in as Specialist by the American Board of Forensic Psychology
Northern Virginia Grad Pius O. Ojevwe Voted in as Specialist by the American Board of Forensic Psychology

Dr. Pius O. Ojevwe was voted in as one of three new specialists by the board of directors at the American Board of Forensic Psychology. Ojevwe was selected based on oral examinations held in Atlanta, Georgia on April 6 and 7, 2017.

Ojevwe, who in 2005 earned a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia*, works as a certified sex offender treatment provider and forensic psychologist/team leader at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, DC. He conducts a variety of forensic assessments and provides treatment to individuals found “not guilty by reason of insanity” and those awaiting competency to stand trial.

Additionally, he supervises forensic psychology and psychiatry postdoctoral fellows. Ojevwe is a part-time independent forensic evaluator with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, assists local community agencies and has a private practice (COMPASS Mental Health Consultants, LLC).

*At the time of Dr. Miller’s graduation, the school was called American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Washington D.C.

See ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/887 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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