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CE Workshop: To Infinity and Beyond: Atypical Careers in Psychology
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Psychologists are finding and making niche careers in many markets. A group of psychologists working in atypical careers share their paths to researching for NASA, consulting for the United States Olympic Committee, integrating fitness and mental health, working for the Centers for Disease Control, and consulting for television.

11/14/2014
When: 11/14/2014
1:00-4:00pm
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Contact: Amy Dietrich, Director of Continuing Education and Communications
404-634-6272


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Psychologists are finding and making niche careers in many markets. A group
of psychologists working in atypical careers share their paths to researching for
NASA, consulting for the United States Olympic Committee, integrating fitness
and mental health, working for the Centers for Disease Control, and consulting
for television.

CE Hours: 3

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will discuss career paths in psychology outside traditional private practice and academia.
  2. Participants will differentiate between research-oriented and clinically-oriented atypical careers.
  3. Participants will investigate alternative careers through open question interactions with presenters.

About the Presenters:

Alexander Cohen, PhD, CC-AASP
Senior Sport Psychologist
United States Olympic Committee
Dr. Alexander Cohen was appointed senior sport psychologist at the U.S. Olympic Committee in 2011. Working primarily with winter sports, Cohen provides consultation and counseling for national teams, athletes and coaches at the Olympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Lake Placid, N.Y. He also provides services at various National Governing Body training sites and at national and international competitions.

As a licensed psychologist and certified sport psychology consultant, Cohen assists coaches in creating elite performance environments that promote psychological and physical skill acquisition and execution. He works directly with athletes to strengthen and sustain competitive identity and consistently utilize psychological skills under pressure, helping them focus on the right things, at the right time, every time.

Cohen joined the USOC after maintaining a psychology practice in Athens, GA. He also served as department chair, professor and supervisor for the sport psychology graduate program at Argosy University in Atlanta. Cohen is a member of the American Psychological Association, APA’s exercise and sport psychology division and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Cohen earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M, and later completed his master’s in sport psychology and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Florida State University. He completed a clinical pre-doctoral internship with a specialization in sport psychology at Kansas State University, and a clinical post-doctoral fellowship specializing in sport psychology at the University of Georgia.
He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Park City, Utah, with their son, Grayson.

Susan R. Rudnicki, PhD, P.C.
Dr. Susan Rudnicki is a clinical health psychologist and certified as both a personal trainer and a group exercise instructor. She has been a regular contributor to national and local news programs as an expert on the subjects of psychology and fitness. Dr. Rudnicki works with a diverse group of clients and therapy formats, from child psychology to couples counseling and family therapy. Her clinical specialties include treating depression and anxiety, conflict resolution and relationship enhancement, stress management, teen problems, parent training and women’s issues. She also conducts comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations for children, teens and adults. The Susan PhD office is located in Dunwoody, Georgia and includes a 2300 square foot fitness studio where she teaches group fitness classes and provides personal training for clients. She also has a satellite office in Jasper, GA.

Richard W. Puddy, PhD, MPH
Richard W. Puddy, PhD, MPH joined CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention in March 2007. He earned a PhD in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas and a MPH from the University of Kansas Medical Center, completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Penn State University’s Prevention Research Center, and served as a faculty member at the University of South Florida’s Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute. Richard has over 22 years of experience working in the field of prevention across all levels of the social ecology to prevent child maltreatment, suicide, youth violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence. He is the Branch Chief of the Prevention Practice and Translation Branch (PPTB) at CDC. PIDB has two main functionalities: 1) providing technical assistance and support to state and community partnerships, and 2) research, synthesis, and application of dissemination and implementation science. He previously served as the Lead Behavioral Scientist for the Research, Synthesis, and Application Team in PIDB. In addition to this work, Richard also focuses on the application of complex systems science to prevent violence across the life span.

Heather K. McElroy, PhD, ABPP

Dr. McElroy, a managing partner of Stone, McElroy & Associates, is a Board Certified Police and Public Safety Psychologist through the American Board of Professional Psychology. After completing her undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University, she attended University of Alabama where she obtained a strong forensic background that she applied during her internship at University of South Carolina School of Medicine prior to relocating to Atlanta. Here she completed her post-doctoral training requirements with Stone and Associates and has now been a member of the professional staff for more than five years, a partner of the firm since January 2010. Dr. McElroy underwent an extensive training program in public safety psychological assessment supplemented by training offered at the IACP and other venues specific to police psychology as well as selected law enforcement training programs. She has since completed POST training at the Reinhardt College Police Academy and is currently a sworn Reserve Officer with the City of Woodstock Police Department and member of the Hostage Negotiation Team. She is an active member of the major national organizations of Police Psychologists and has written articles for Police Chief Magazine and other publications, has presented at various professional meetings and is currently serving as the Education Chair of the Executive Board for the International Association for Chiefs of Police Psychological Services Section.


Registration Costs

Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before October 31, 2014 to receive this rate.)
  • $70: GPA Members
  • FREE!: Student GPA Members (Will not receive a CE certificate)
    Must be a student member to attend for free.
  • $130: Non-members
Registration (After October 31, 2014)
  • $80: GPA Members
  • FREE!: Student Members (Will not receive a CE certificate)
    Must be a student member to attend for free.
  • $140: Non-members
Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

Cancellation Policy:
Registrants must cancel within five (5) business days through Amy Dietrich only via email or phone (contacting other staff members/leadership does not guarantee your cancellation.) Email confirmations will be sent to callers who cancel via the phone. No faxes or mail cancellations will be accepted.
Cancellation Fee: $35

The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.