Dennis Mohatt, WICHE vice president for behavioral health, was nominated and selected for the 2019 Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology Award by the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA), American Psychological Association Division 27 representing the field of community psychology.
Mohatt received the honor based on his career-long efforts helping to create, collaborate on, and advocate for mental health services in rural communities, optimizing their administrative and service strategies, and making important research and scholarship contributions to community psychology. He will be honored and give a talk at an award ceremony at SCRA’s biennial conference June 26-29 in Chicago. The address will also be published in the American Journal of Community Psychology.
Mohatt has served WICHE since 2001, leading collaborative work across the WICHE region. He received his undergraduate training at the University of Oregon, and an NIMH training fellowship in rural mental health at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, where he earned a master’s degree in rural community-clinical psychology. As a discipline, community psychology focuses on efforts for which collaboration is key to action. “It’s why I have this job,” he says. “I use those skills every day.”