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August 18, 2009

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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Assistant Professor Receives National Award for Excellence in Psychology


Dr. Dennis Combs, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Tyler, has been named the 2009 recipient of the Dr. Judy E. Hall Early Career Psychologist Award by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology Board of Directors, Dr. William Geiger, College of Education and Psychology dean, announced.

The award is named for the National Register’s current executive officer and annually recognizes a nationally credentialed psychologist with less than 10 years of postdoctoral experience.

“I think the award is a wonderful recognition for Dr. Combs,” said Geiger. “It reflects well on his contributions to the field and on UT Tyler.”

A UT Tyler alumnus, Combs has received worldwide attention and national acclaim for his continuing research to develop a new intervention in the treatment of schizophrenia. Media sources including U.S. News and World Report and ABC News have cited him on his work.   

He currently serves as Psychotic Disorders Research Laboratory director within the university’s Department of Psychology and Counseling. Both undergraduate and graduate students serve as his laboratory assistants.

“I was very honored and humbled to receive this award,” Combs said. “I feel that it reflects on the quality of our work here at UT Tyler, our students and the difference that we are making here in Tyler.”

Combs holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University and a master of science degree in clinical psychology from UT Tyler.

He has been credentialed by the National Register since 2007.

The National Register is the largest credentialing organization for psychologists. The independent, non-profit organization was created in 1974 with the help of the American Psychological Association and the American Board of Professional Psychology.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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