Van Sickle Wins Judy E. Hall Early Career Psychologist Award
By Florida Tech // August 28, 2012
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Honoring a strong commitment to Integrated Healthcare, Brevard Healthcare Forum Executive Director, Kristi Van Sickle, PsyD, was recently awarded the Judy E. Hall Early Career Psychologist award by The National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (National Register).
Dr. Van Sickle is the executive director of the Brevard Healthcare Forum, a coalition of major healthcare providers that serves as the county’s health planning body.
This award, named in honor of NR’s Executive Officer Judy Hall, is given annually to a Registrant with less than 10 years of post-doctoral experience and supports a specific project relevant to the mission, vision, and values of the National Register, including:
• Credentialing psychologists
• Promoting credentialed psychologists to consumers
• Providing distinction and value to Registrants
• Guiding psychology students toward credentialing
• Enhancing psychologists’ contributions to integrated healthcare
• Facilitating the identification of qualified psychologists in the global community
According to Dr. Hall, “Not only has Dr. Van Sickle made sure that she was equipped to serve those in underserved areas, but she has also created programs to train future psychologists and make patients aware of all of the services available to them.”
Dr. Van Sickle developed and supervises a practicum placement for Florida Tech clinical psychology doctoral (Psy.D.) students serving as primary care team members within the Brevard Health Alliance Rockledge clinic. From January 2011 through July 2012, 447 unduplicated patients were seen for a total of 921 behavioral health appointments. These are economically disadvantaged patients who were unlikely to have received behavioral services otherwise.
“I am thrilled to be the recipient of this award. Like the National Register, I am committed to expanding opportunities for psychologists in integrated care…The prestige associated with the award will help us further educate patients and our community about the value of integrated behavioral health care,” said Dr. Van Sickle.
The award includes a recognition plaque, a check for $1,500, and an citation in The Register Report, National Register’s biannually-published magazine.
Dr. Van Sickle received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2006 from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne and has since served as assistant professor in community health at Florida Institute of Technology. She has been credentialed by the National Register since 2008.