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Dr. Sanjay Nath appointed director of the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology

Dr. Sanjay Nath, associate professor of Clinical Psychology was appointed director of the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and associate dean of the School of Human Service Professions at Widener University.

According to Stephen Wilhite, acting provost of Widener University, Nath, who joined the faculty in 2005, has played a major leadership role in diversity programming in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. In 2006, he received a grant from the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training in Psychology, which allowed him to lead a faculty development project on promoting multicultural teaching competency.

“I am honored to be named the director of such a prestigious program in clinical psychology,” Nath said. “Widener’s program is the oldest accredited Doctor of Psychology program in the world – and we have a strong tradition of training excellent scholar-practitioners who provide invaluable clinical services to our local and metropolitan communities, serve as advocates for those with mental illness, and have become leaders in the field of clinical psychology.”

He is eager to work towards continuing Widener’s tradition of producing top-notch graduates who will shape the future of psychology, as many alumni have been doing for several decades. “At such an important moment as federal healthcare legislation is enacted and the need for specialization in the field has intensified it’s an exciting time to be in such a role,” Nath said. 

Nath has taught courses in cross-cultural psychology, personality assessment, qualitative research, and the dissertation process. His research interests include cross-cultural issues in mental health and assessment, postpartum depression in women and men, inter-racial relationships, arranged marriages, suicide in cross-culture context, identity development, immigration and acculturation, qualitative research methods, and issues of difference between therapist and client. 

Outside of Widener, Nath, who received his PhD. from Temple University, serves as associate editor of the Journal of College Counseling and has been a representative to the American Psychological Association’s Leadership Conference for two years. He has also served on two national task forces of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association on the issues of diversity and academic mentorship and was the recipient of the Lindback Career Enhancement Minority Junior Faculty Grant for his research on suicide risk among South Asians in the United States.

Nath also has his own private practice in Center City, Philadelphia. 

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associates, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,700 students. Visit the university website,