Dr. Shannon Casey, Associate Professor, San Francisco Clinical PhD Program.

This year’s Alliant Provost’s Pillar Award for Competency-based Professional Training was received by Dr. Shannon Casey is an Associate Professor in our San Francisco Clinical PhD Program.

Her research interests are adolescent development within diverse family and school contexts; multicultural and bicultural identity; measurement of identity; women’s issues, including interactions between physical and psychological issues such as depression and eating disorders.

Dr. Casey has been a real leader in developing and implementing systematic Competency-based Professional Training innovations in her Clinical Psychology PhD Program. The work she is specifically being recognized for was designed to enhance research training in her program, encourage student enthusiasm for research and strengthen the skill base required for students to pursue career trajectories that integrate research and practice.   She has reformed the curriculum in her program, expanded practicum and externship training that involve applied research opportunities, and developed workshop training for students applying for internships which help them better describe their research competency in a way that supports their internship applications.   In fact, data indicate increasing numbers of students have sought and secured APA-approved internship placements since these initiatives were implemented.  In addition, Dr. Casey has modeled the approach she advocates by mentoring her own students toward research competence. In the past five years, she has published three papers with students, has two manuscripts co-authored with students under review, has supported over 15 student research assistants, and has over 20 presentations with students at national conferences.