James L. Werth, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP, was recently selected as the 2016 American Psychological Association Excellence in Rural Psychology Award recipient. Werth serves as the Behavioral Health and Wellness Services Director of Stone Mountain Health Services which operates several health centers in Southwest Virginia’s Lee, Buchanan, Dickenson, Scott, and Washington Counties.
The APA Committee on Rural Health’s (CRH) mission is to achieve the full and optimal impact of the science, practice, and advocacy of psychology in rural and remote regions. CRH recognizes the unique experience of psychologists working in rural and remote environments. Moreover, CRH acknowledges the additional skill set needed to function in underserved areas. The establishment of the APA Committee on Rural Health: Excellence in Rural Psychology Award elevates the importance of psychologists in rural and remote regions and recognizes those who demonstrate exemplary leadership. The award demonstrates CRH’s commitment to ensuring the availability of behavioral health care for rural and remote populations and that issues pertaining to rural and remote behavioral health professionals and consumers are kept at the forefront of psychological advocacy, research, education, and practice.