Two Forest Faculty Members Take On New Roles

Dr. David MradDr. Michael LeftwichIn a letter from Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Brian Nedwek, it was announced today that Dr. Michael Leftwich has been appointed the position of Dean of the Doctoral Program.


Dr. Leftwich received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State


University. He was an NIH Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Oklahoma Center for Alcohol and Drug-Related Studies and a Psychologist at the Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas.

In the academe, he served as an Associate Professor for the Department of Psychology and Special Education and as Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at Emporia State University. At Forest, Dr. Leftwich has served as Director of Clinical Training since 2009.


Also transitioning to a new role will be Dr. David Mrad, who will leave the position of Associate Dean of the Doctoral Program to become Director of Clinical Training.

Dr. Mrad has a distinguished career as a clinician, particularly in the area of forensics, with considerable experience as a supervisor. He has been in private practice, in addition to working in a number of institutional settings, including the St. Louis County Adult Correctional Institute, the Magdala Foundation, and the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners where he was Director of the APA accredited internship program. Dr. Mrad has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.


"Please join me in welcoming these colleagues to their new roles at Forest," said Dr. Nedwek.  "These changes are important steps in ensuring quality in our academic programs and in facilitating success in our upcoming APA reaccreditation."

This will be a transition period, and both Drs. Leftwich and Mrad will continue to fulfill essential elements of their contractual arrangements as faculty for the remainder of the semester, even as they assume new duties and responsibilities.


Additionally, on October 17, Dr. Gerald Porter will drop the position of Interim Dean with Dr. Leftwich’s appointment and serve full time as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs until January 1 when he will assume the position of VPAA. During this transitional period, everyone will be staying in their current offices, and correspondence should be sent to both the current and new office holders until everyone fully transitions into their new positions in January.