Capella University’s Dr. Laura Jarrett to chair symposium at upcoming

July 27, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, July 27, 2007 — Dr. Laura Jarrett, associate director of training for residency programs for Capella University’s Harold Abel School of Psychology, will chair a symposium on doctoral degree program residency requirements at the upcoming American Psychological Association (APA) convention to be held in San Francisco in August. Capella University ( is a fully online university based in Minneapolis with more than 19,000 students. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


The symposium, which will take place Sunday, August 19, at 8 a.m. at the Moscone Center-West in San Francisco, is titled Doctoral Program Residency Requirement—Purposes and Demonstrating Equivalence. It will focus on the two primary purposes of doctoral residencies –  student development and student assessment- and how they can be accomplished by traditional programs, as well as by distance learning and other innovative training models. Dr. Jarrett submitted the symposium concept to the APA’s Division 2, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.


“With an increasing number of non-land-based programs training graduate students in psychology, an issue the field must face is the importance and nature of face-to-face training in developing clinical skills.  There are varied perspectives on this issue, and the symposium will be an important opportunity for some of those perspectives to be shared and discussed,” Jarrett said.


Dr. Jarrett will be co-chairing with Dr. Michael J. Murphy, professor and director of clinical training for the department of psychology at Indiana State University. Panelists will include Dr. Marilyn Marks-Frey, core faculty for clinical psychology at Capella University; Dr. Rodney K. Goodyear, professor and associate dean for faculty with the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California; Dr. James W. Lichtenberg, associate dean for graduate programs and research and professor of counseling psychology for the School of Education at the University of Kansas—Lawrence; Dr. Kenneth Roy, president of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB); and Dr. Kjell Rudestam, faculty and associate dean for academic affairs for the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University.    


“This is an excellent opportunity for Capella University to gain visibility in the field of professional psychology and to facilitate a discussion of important elements vital to the training of psychologists,” said Dr. Robert Schnedler, chair of the clinical psychology specialization at Capella.


About Capella University

Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited,* online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, public safety, and psychology, and bachelor’s degree programs in business, information technology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 89 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 16 certificate programs. The online university currently serves more than 19,000 students from all 50 states and 56 countries. It is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA), headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),

Capella University, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552),


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