New Integrated Health Care Director Appointed

Christopher Neumann, PhDForest faculty member Dr. Christopher Neumann was appointed to the position of Director of the Integrated Health Care (IHC) cluster on Tuesday, July 8, 2008. Dr. Neumann is currently an assistant professor. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University before arriving at Forest in 2007 and was recently licensed as a psychologist in the state of Missouri. Dr. Neumann has a strong background in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine. He is also interested in Motivational Interviewing, Substance-Related Disorders, Cultural Diversity and Health Behaviors, and Narrative Therapy.
 
Under Dr. Neumann’s leadership, students who participate in the IHC cluster will develop clinical skills in areas such as treatment compliance; management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes; lifestyle changes; and pain management.
 
In a congratulatory e-mail to Dr. Neumann and the Forest community, Dr. Mark Skrade, President of Forest Institute, noted a recent article in the Springfield News-Leader that “tells a story of the tremendous need for psychology services and severe lack of access to health care in our community and across our nation.” He said, “IHC should and will play a major role in helping to meet the health care needs of our neighbors and friends. (Dr. Neumann’s) leadership comes at a critical time in the history of our nation’s health care system and for psychology as a profession.”
 
Congratulations, Dr. Neumann, on your recent licensure and new appointment!
 
To read the mentioned article in the Springfield News-Leader, please click HERE.