SC Department of Mental Health News Release

 

For Immediate Release
August 28, 2002
Contact: John Hutto, Director of Communications
(803) 898-8584

DMH Employee Receives National Award

Columbia, SC - A. Barry Critchfield, Ph.D., director of Services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing People, South Carolina Department of Mental Health (DMH), received the 2002 Larry G. Stewart Award in Psychology and Deafness Friday, Aug. 23, at the American Psychological Association's annual meeting in Chicago.

Dr. Critchfield was recognized as an individual whose career has exemplified the ideals and values of the profession and whose contributions to research, theory, or practice are consistent with Dr. Stewart's conviction that all people share a common psychology and humanity, whether they are hearing, hard of hearing, or deaf.

Dr. Critchfield has been with DMH since 1988. Prior to his appointment as director of Services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing People, he was a school psychologist and supervisor of Counseling at the California School for the Deaf, Fremont.

The award was established in 1994 by the Special Interest Section of Deafness of Division 22, American Psychological Association, in honor of Dr. Larry G. Stewart who made many distinguished contributions as a teacher, researcher, administrator and clinical practitioner to the fields of psychology, education, rehabilitation and deafness.

Last year the South Carolina Department of Mental Health served 470 adults and children who have a mental illness and deafness.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health provides services through a network of 17 community mental health centers, five hospitals, and two nursing care centers.

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