Northcentral University Renames its School of Psychology The School of Behavioral and Health Sciences

New name reflects the University's commitment to unite a diverse community of Mentors and Students to improve the human condition through degree programs that emphasize both research and practice.

Prescott Valley, Arizona, December 7, 2009 — Underscoring the expanding range and interdisciplinary nature of its undergraduate and graduate degree programs in all areas of Psychology, Health Sciences, and Family and Marriage Therapy, Northcentral University (, a leading 100% online university, today announced that, effective January 1, 2010, it was changing the name of its School of Psychology to the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences.

"The human condition improves and advances when Students can share the benefits offered by every field that directly affects the behavior and health of individual human beings," today said Dr. Heather R. Frederick, Dean of the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences. "Traditionally distinct areas of concentration have become increasingly linked together and will continue to become linked together as we evolve our undergraduate and graduate degree programs."

According to Dr. Frederick, the decision to change the name of school came about as the result of a sustained dialogue about the future of Psychology, related disciplines, and possible new programs the University could offer. The model of the "scientist-practitioner" was actively studied and determined to be essential to the core of a future curriculum that could meet the needs of a changing society.

Equally important to the name change decision was the successful effort by Dr. Branden Henline, Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program at Northcentral University, to have the Higher Learning Commission confer program status on the University's MFT programs. As a result of this confirmation, Northcentral University now offers distinct Master's and Doctoral programs in both Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. The resulting name change recognizes the progress that has been achieved as well as the evolving philosophy of the school's vision and belief that true progress happens when one shares the best of all fields, drawing not only from Psychology, but also from Health Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Family Studies.

Indeed, according to Dr. Frederick, the core educational objective of the newly named School of Behavioral and Health Sciences is to offer an interdisciplinary curriculum that educates Students to serve society as professional "scientist-practitioners" who command an employment advantage over their peers. The University's School of Behavioral and Health Sciences is one of its fastest growing schools.

As of July 2009, the School consisted of over 900 Doctoral Students, over 400 Master's Students, and over 100 Bachelor's Students along with over 80 faculty Mentors, and 10 full time staff members. The School offers across discipline academic training and both discipline-specific and blended curriculum.