As Hartford HealthCare’s CampusCare program expands to deliver behavioral well being providers onto extra native school campuses, it has turn into crucial to have a clinician main the way in which.
Filling the brand new position of regional director of collegiate counseling for the Hartford space shall be Ralph Dodd, PsyD, a long-time clinician with the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network (BHN) on the Institute of Living (IOL). He will begin within the position June 5.
“We are very completely happy to have an inner candidate with as a lot experience, expertise and enthusiasm as Dr. Dodd. He has been a useful asset on the IOL for 20 years and he’ll assist us strengthen and develop our influence by CampusCare,” mentioned James O’Dea, PhD, vp of the BHN.
Dr. Dodd, a Newington resident, presently serves as scientific coordinator in any respect three places of the IOL’s Grace Webb School, the place he supervises all remedy suppliers and gives direct help inside the milieu atmosphere. Prior to that, he served as a workers psychologist on the IOL.
In addition, Dr. Dodd is a serious within the Connecticut Army National Guard, serving as one among two scientific psychologists within the state and conducting behavioral well being screenings as a part of troopers’ annual physicals, pre- and post-deployment assessments and fit-for-duty evaluations. He additionally serves as an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford.
Dr. Dodd earned his doctorate from the University of Hartford. He went onto full an internship and post-doctoral fellowship in well being psychology, each on the IOL.
In his new position, he’ll oversee the collegiate counseling offered on the universities partnered with Hartford HealthCare by CampusCare, together with Quinnipiac University, Trinity College, University of St. Joseph and Connecticut College. The program additionally consists of Loomis Chaffee.
“I benefit from the work I do. I get pleasure from working with individuals and the human side. I’m enthusiastic about this position and enthusiastic for the potential that this place has,” Dr. Dodd mentioned.
CampusCare professionals oversee the Student Health Services on every campus and assist coordinate further providers with the bigger Hartford HealthCare community when wanted. In addition to behavioral healthcare, providers embody general well being, sports activities well being, neurology, substance use dysfunction remedy and musculoskeletal care.
Behavioral well being counseling, in accordance to Dr. O’Dea, is extra vital than ever on school campuses the place college students are sometimes away from house for the primary time and may wrestle with social, emotional and educational calls for.
“Dr. Dodd will supervise all of the scientific counseling supplied on the campus, filling an excellent want among the many college students,” he mentioned, including that underneath CampusCare, counselors at Quinnipiac and Trinity turn into Hartford HealthCare workers this summer season.
Dr. Dodd’s appointment can be a serious step towards establishing a Center of Excellence for Collegiate Counseling on the BHN, Dr. O’Dea mentioned.