Richard Named Dean of Hamilton Holt School

April 24, 2012

Dean of the Hamilton Holt School David Richard
(Photo by Judy Watson Tracy)

Professor of Psychology David Richard has been named the dean of the Hamilton Holt School.

Richard, a distinguished faculty member in the psychology department, is a clinical psychologist and cognitive-behavior therapist, who specializes in behavioral assessment, psychological trauma, and leadership.

“Richard's enthusiasm for the future of the Holt School is unmistakable,” said Carol Bresnahan, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “His track record of commitment to Holt and to innovation is impressive; he's also an accomplished scholar. I look forward to working with him as he comes aboard.”

Richard earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Hawaii and a master’s degree in counseling and consulting psychology from Harvard University. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of California at San Diego. Prior to joining the faculty at Rollins, he was an associate professor at Eastern Michigan University.

An accomplished scholar on clinical psychology and exposure therapy, Richard is the co-editor of two books in those fields and has a current book in progress on pathological gambling. He has published numerous scholarly articles on personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, exposure therapies, and behavioral assessment. His current research interests include the effects of nutrition on mental health, instrument and measurement development, and integrating multimedia technology and teaching instruction.

Since 2005, he has served as the director of the psychology and organizational behavior majors in the Hamilton Holt School, where he has taught courses on statistics, research design, clinical psychology, and abnormal psychology.

“I think I have a good understanding of the unique needs of our evening students, and an important goal will be to deliver educational programming to them in a way that takes into account the complexities of an adult learner's lifestyle,” Richard said. “If there is one word that might describe the way we will be approaching the Holt School, it is innovation. We're going to try some new things, see how they work, listen to our faculty and students, and provide an educational program that capitalizes on all the things that Rollins does well.”

In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Rollins, Richard has served as the co-chair of the Ad-Hoc Faculty Advisory Committee, the chair-elect of the Department of Psychology, the chair of the Faculty Grievance Committee, and the co-chair of the Sustainable Business Model Sub-Committee of the Strategic Initiative Task Force.

Outside of Rollins, Richard serves as the co-editor of the journal International Gambling Studies, a position he’s held since 2010. He has also worked as a research consultant to Florida Hospital and the UCF College of Nursing.

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