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Vacha-Haase new associate dean of Graduate School

August 27, 2013

Tammi Vacha-Haase is the newly appointed associate dean for the Graduate School at Colorado State University.

“I am honored to have this opportunity,” said Vacha-Haase.  “The Graduate School plays a vital role in setting the quality of graduate education on campus. I would like to see a continued increase in its visibility as it serves as an essential resource for graduate students, faculty, administrators, and staff.  This is an exciting time to be joining the Graduate School, as well as the CSU leadership team.”

”Vacha-Haase will focus on continuing to enhance the quality of graduate education on campus, providing leadership in the areas of enrollment management, diversity, professional development, graduate admissions and the completion of academic requirements. We look forward to taking advantage of the extensive experience and expertise Vacha-Haase has in supporting graduate students and establishing innovative programs that assist and serve them,” said Jodie Redditi Hanzlik, dean of the Graduate School.

Focused on graduate education

Vacha-Haase is a professor and has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology since 1998. She has a long history of serving in leadership roles and those focused on excellence in graduate training and education, including the Director of Training for the American Psychological Association (APA) accredited Counseling Psychology doctoral programs at CSU and Western Michigan University. In addition to her other departmental duties, she currently serves as the director of the Aging Clinic of the Rockies (AGCR) at CSU, a community-based mental health care clinic that offers assistance to caregivers and grandparents raising their grandchildren. In additional to providing an important service to the community, the AGCR provides an invaluable clinical training experience for graduate students.

Throughout her career Vacha-Haase has published on graduate education and training, with recent work focusing on the relationship between graduate student behavior and professional training expectations. She has also been recognized for both her excellence in graduate teaching and mentoring. In 2005, she established the Gerontological Research, Education, Assessment, and Treatment (GREAT) team, consisting of Counseling Psychology doctoral students who are dedicated to increasing the well-being of older adults through research, clinical practice, and direct services. Vacha-Haase has mentored and led her students to national recognition, receiving a number of awards for their innovative work with older adult populations.

Vacha-Haase, a licensed psychologist specializes in the study and clinical treatment of older adults and their families. Her scholarship has focused on preparing the next generation of doctoral level psychologists to care for the mental health needs of the rapidly expanding aging population. She is the author of numerous peer reviewed articles, invited chapters, and a book on the psychological treatment of older men. As a renowned expert in mental health of older adults and a highly recognized researcher, she frequently serves as a key-note speaker at conferences and universities around the country. She has served on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals and holds Fellow status in the APA.