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Education professor to chair Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Dr. Tony Young, the Chester Ellis Endowed Professor in Education at Louisiana Tech University and manager of its Psychological Services Clinic, has been named Chair for the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

The Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists is responsible for overseeing the practice of psychology in Louisiana. The agency reviews credentials and administers examinations to individuals applying for license to practice psychology in Louisiana, and also handles consumer complaints, and conducts disciplinary hearings to determine if a psychologist has acted contrary to the state’s practice regulations.

Dr. Tony Young

“As chair, I coordinate the work of the Board, which has the responsibility to protect the people of Louisiana from practitioners who are incompetent or impaired to practice safely,” said Young.  “We work for the people of Louisiana and for the Governor, who appointed each member after elections held by the Louisiana Psychological Association.  Many psychologists consider a term on the board as the kind of service that all psychologists should be willing to do for the field of psychology and for the state.”

Young earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, California.  Since joining the Louisiana Tech faculty in 1992, Young has served as an assistant professor of psychology, associate professor and head of the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, and the interim associate dean for graduate studies and research for the College of Education.

As manager of the Psychological Services Center, Young oversees the administration of a multitude of high-quality and affordable counseling and psychological assessment services.  These services are provided by counseling psychology doctoral students who have met or exceed very specific standards of performance, and who are closely supervised by licensed psychologists.

“Dr. Young’s appointment as chair to the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists represents the commitment of Louisiana Tech’s faculty to their profession,” said Dr. Tilman Sheets, department head for psychology and behavioral sciences in Louisiana Tech’s College of Education.  “He is to be commended for his dedication and leadership.”

Young says Louisiana Tech students will benefit from his appointment by way of the experiences he gains serving on the board.

“It gives me access to what our field is doing and where we may be going.  It can help our students, who will become licensed, understand how the board works and how to interact with the board and utilize the board as a resource.”

The Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Louisiana Tech provides students with a background in both theoretical and applied psychology.  Most faculty research interests include cognitive, industrial and organizational, clinical and counseling, techniques and outcomes, personality, career issues, and women’s issues.