Dr. Bob Bohanske Named the 2018 Recipient of the Karl F. Heiser APA Presidential Award for Advocacy

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(PHOENIX - June 20, 2018) - Dr. Bob Bohanske, Chief of Clinical Services / Clinical Training for Southwest Behavioral & Health Services, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Karl F. Heiser APA Presidential Award for Advocacy.

Presented by the American Psychological Association, the Karl F. Heiser Award honors those psychologists who have given voluntarily of their time to define the discipline of psychology statutorily by state and federal laws and regulations through advocacy. The Award is named for Karl F. Heiser, who successfully advocated for the first state statute that defined psychology.

Advocacy on behalf of psychology is a critical element in the growth and development of the discipline.  The APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

“Dr. Bob, as we call him at Southwest Behavioral & Health Services, has been at the forefront of his profession, advocating for and with others on the important issues impacting the field of psychology,” said Steven Sheets, Senior Vice President Maricopa & Gila County. Added Lauren Lauder, Senior Vice President Northern Arizona, “We are honored to have someone like Dr. Bob leading our clinical team and to know that he is so well-deserving of this award.”

Bohanske is a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow in the National Academy of Practice.  He received his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Arizona and M.S. in Counseling and Rehabilitation from the University of Southern California. He completed his residency at the Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Institute of Behavioral Medicine, both at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. He has completed additional Post graduate training in the UCLA School of Medicine Neuropsychiatric Institute.

A Phoenix resident, he has been with Southwest Behavioral & Health Services for more than 20 years.




About Southwest Behavioral & Health Services: 

Incorporated in 1974 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services provides services in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, rural Maricopa County, Gila, Mohave, Coconino, and Yavapai counties. Our Mission: “We inspire people to feel better and reach their potential. Through helping people discover their strengths, we improve our communities.” SB&H is a leader in development and delivery of services in the areas of housing, residential care, prevention services, outpatient services to children, incarcerated persons and dually diagnosed adults (SMI/SA). An innovative leader in behavioral health, services are client directed-outcome informed, evidence-based and include treatment of co-occurring disorders, the FAST model in prevention services, the Arizona Treatment Initiative for children and families, and the Recovery Model for persons with serious mental illness. For more information on SB&H, please visit www.sbhservices.org.

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