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Specializes in Psychological Evaluations for Children and Teens; Advises Media on Bullying
Specializes in Psychological Evaluations for Children and Teens; Advises Media on Bullying

Nekeshia Hammond
2008, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University
Owner and CEO at Hammond Psychology & Associates, P.A.

“If you are interested in private practice, be sure to do your homework and gather the business knowledge and resources necessary to have a successful practice.”

Specializes in Psychological Evaluations for Children and Teens; Advises Media on Bullying

Dr. Nekeshia Hammond is a speaker, author, and the owner/chief executive officer of her own company, Hammond Psychology & Associates, P.A. “At the practice, my specialty area is psychological evaluations for children and teens,” she said. “In the community, I consult with the media regularly on topics related to bullying, children's mental health, learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.” She opened her practice in 2009, one year after earning a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University.

Hammond chose Argosy University because of the school’s small size and professional setting. “I got to know my [instructors] and other students in the class,” she said. “I also had heard wonderful things about how prepared I would be for the workforce [after graduation].”

Hammond is a believer in the strength of the school’s clinical skills training program. “I owe my psychological testing expertise to the outstanding [instructors] that taught me the skills I use today,” Hammond stated.

“Additionally, Argosy University allowed me the opportunity to be a teaching assistant, learning skills of working with students and teaching—which I utilize today working in the practice with our students. [I also gained] an incredible work ethic,” she said.

Hammond believes that earning a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology provided the foundation needed to make a difference in her clients’ lives. “I was very motivated by the Argosy University faculty and staff when I attended,” she said. “I found the faculty and staff to be really supportive and encouraging of my endeavors.” Hammond stated that the biggest challenge she faced while in school was balancing her jobs, practica and academic work load. But these challenges taught her valuable time management skills that she utilizes in her daily life.

She recommends that current students research an area of interest and gather the resources to achieve goals. “If you are interested in private practice, be sure to do your homework and gather the business knowledge and resources necessary to have a successful practice,” she said. “Get involved with state and national associations related to your career interest and network with others. It's never too early to start gathering information for your future.”

Her accomplishments include publishing "The Practical Guide to Raising Emotionally Healthy Children" (2016) and earning the following awards: “What a Woman” from the Florida Psychological Association (2014), “Up and Comers” from the Tampa Bay Business Journal (2015), “Early Career Achievement” from the American Psychological Association (2015) and the “I AM L.E.E.” award (2017). Hammond is the 2017 president of the Florida Psychological Association and serves on the board of directors for the Ryan Nece Foundation. Her practice supports Joshua House and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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Dr. Gary Howell's practice earns "Business of Pride" award
Dr. Gary Howell's practice earns "Business of Pride" award

Dr. Gary Howell, associate professor and director of practicum training at the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University is the owner of the Center for Psychological Growth, a practice that has grown from a solo practitioner to a group practice. He will be recognized at the upcoming 2017 Business of Pride Awards put on by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. His company's commitment to diversity, LGBT advocacy, and focus on enhancing the LGBT community led to this year's ​Tampa Bay Business Journal Business of Pride: Community Enhancement Award.

Dr. Howell is a recipient of the 2016 Florida Diversity Council’s LGBT Leader Award and was an inaugural honoree of the 2016 Tampa Business Journal’s LGBT Voices.His commitment to the LGBT community began during his undergraduate years, where he advocated for HIV awareness on his college campus (Austin College).

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Dr. Gary Howell elected to Committee of State Leaders
Dr. Gary Howell elected to Committee of State Leaders

Dr. Gary Howell, associate professor and director of practicum training at the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, was elected to the Committee of State Leaders (CSL) as the 2018 Diversity Liaison-Elect. In 2019, he will serve as the Diversity Liaison to CSL.

The American Psychological Association’s Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) established the Committee of State Leaders (CSL) to serve as an advisory group to provide feedback about State, Provincial, and Territorial Associations’ (SPTA) concerns and needs, to respond to special projects at the request of CAPP, to provide advisory input about the Practice Leadership Conference (PLC), and to assist SPTA leaders to become more involved in APA governance. CSL members are selected by Practice Leadership Conference participants.

The Committee of State Leaders is composed of 19 members (nine elected and ten appointed): Chair, Chair-Elect, Past Chair, 4 At-Large Members, 2 Federal Advocacy Coordinators, 2 CESPPA Representatives, a Division 31 Representative, an APAGS Representative, a CPA Representative, the Diversity Delegate Liaison, DPA Representative, an ECP Representative, a Liaison from CAPP and a Liaison from the Board of Professional Affairs. All members volunteer to serve on the Committee of State Leaders and make themselves available for committee business during the course of the year.

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Dr. McDowell joins UP Health System in Marquette
Dr. McDowell joins UP Health System in Marquette

Kevin McDowell, PsyD, who in 2010 earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and in 2013 earned a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, recently joined UP Health System – Marquette’s Brain & Spine Center as a Health Psychologist.

Previously, Dr. McDowell worked at the University of South Florida as a clinical psychologist. He has experience in providing crisis services to patients with urgent needs, administration of psychological and cognitive assessments, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Dr. McDowell was also an educator at the Florida School of Professional Psychology.

Read an article about Dr. McDowell here:

http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/McDowell-joins-UP-Health-System--Marquette-Brain--Spine-Center-as-Health-Psychologist-410146625.html

 

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