Faculty and students alike are applauding the appointment of Dr. Ron Perry as the new program chair of John F. Kennedy University’s Counseling Psychology program. While Dr. Perry’s diverse practitioner-scholar experience continues the longstanding values of this highly regarded program, his compassionate and personable management style also makes him an effective and magnetic leader.

The Counseling Psychology program has always valued the practitioner-scholar model among its faculty, believing that professors who are also active in the field have the most to offer students. In addition to his scholarly work serving as an adjunct professor at JFKU and Golden Gate University, Dr. Perry also has a longstanding private practice specializing in the treatment of addictions and co-occurring disorders. Over the last 10 years he has additionally served as the Mental Health Program Director and Director of Training at Bay Area Addiction Research and Treatment (BAART), where he supervised and trained professional counselors, interns, and trainees, including many students and graduates from JFKU, as well as several other local graduate programs.

“In addition to the notion of striving for academic and clinical excellence, Ron espouses and promotes the ideas of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice,” explains Dr. Alvin McLean, Associate Dean in the College of Psychology at JFKU. In the past, Dr. Perry worked in the community mental health field, providing services in rural and underserved areas such as the northern interior of Alaska and southeastern Colorado. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa.

A truly multidimensional person, Dr. Perry is also a retired professional guitarist and singer. “He is a well-rounded person whose broad range of experience informs his ability to see how people with diverse opinions and lifestyles can work together,” adds Dr. McLean. Dr. Perry is a compassionate leader who demonstrates the ability to facilitate open, empathetic, and goal-oriented collaboration among a team. His position at the helm of the MFT program is sure to catalyze further growth, cohesion, and vibrance within the program.

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