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For Immediate Release:
Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Psychopharmacology Distance Learning
Nation's First Distance Learning Psychopharmacology Program is Home at FDU
The School of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University is home to the nation’s first distance learning psychopharmacology program for psychologists. The two-year post-doctoral training program, directed by Robert McGrath, psychology, T-H, was inaugurated to serve psychologists who are increasingly called upon to serve as collaborators in the medication management of their patients. According to McGrath, "the program prepares psychologists to expand their scope of clinical practice when individual state legislation approves prescribing privileges for psychologists."
The School of Psychology has teamed with Global HealthEd, using the distance learning approach of the Compass Learning System™ , which allows students to complete the program and maintain their current professional careers. The program is a combination of expert video presentations, Internet content, printed materials, and one-to-one academic guidance.
Stephen Wells, chief information and marketing officer for Compass Knowledge Holdings, Inc. of Ocoee, Fla., said Fairleigh Dickinson University was chosen to offer the program based on the school’s "excellence in clinical psychology and its high standing in the field of psychopharmacology."
Christopher Capuano, director, psychology, T-H, said, "The program uses faculty from FDU and other leading universities for the delivery of different components of the post-doctoral program." Professor Capuano, who holds a Ph.D. in biopsychology with specializations in behavioral neuroscience, psychopharmacology, and health psychology, will provide expert presentation on basic principles of pharmacology—including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, introduction of the major groups of psychotropic medications, and issues pertinent to psychopharmacotherapy.
Each of the 10 courses require two meetings with face-to-face interaction with course facilitators. Each course grants 48 continuing education credits. After completion of the 10 courses, practitioners are eligible to enroll in the clinical practicum as defined by the American Psychological Association-model curriculum.
For those who wish to learn more about the program, the program's website is www.rxpsychology.com.