Widener Professor Honored as a Distinguished Professional Psychologist

The National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) honored the late Dr. Patricia Bricklin, a previous professor in the Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University, as a Distinguished Professional Psychologist in January.

Bricklin, who passed away in December 2010, received the award for her "outstanding lifetime contributions as a pioneer, educator, program leader, advocate, and visionary." She was the first woman to receive the award.

Dr. Linda Knauss, professor of clinical psychology at Widener, accepted the award on her behalf. "It was an honor and a privilege to know and work with Pat Bricklin," she said. "I cannot imagine anyone being more deserving of the NCSPP Distinguished Psychologist Award. Pat truly embodied the qualities of a distinguished psychologist."

Bricklin was the second psychologist to be licensed in Pennsylvania. During her time practicing she became very involved in the field, serving as chair of the licensing board, chair of the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust, and president of the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists, Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and NCSPP.

An internationally renowned ethicist, Bricklin was known for her involvement in the field; however, her most valuable accomplishments were less visible. Bricklin spent countless hours providing pro bono ethical and risk management consultations to psychologists all over the state of Pennsylvania and even the country. She also continuously advocated for children. She founded the School Psychology Certification track at Widener University, which at the time was unique in its integration of school and clinical psychology.

According to Knauss, one of Bricklin's most notable characteristics was her humility. "Pat truly cared about others. She led by example and created a culture of collaboration in any setting she was in. She was not only an advocate for the profession of psychology, but also for her family, friends, and doing what was right."

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 associate's, 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, www.widener.edu.

 

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