In 1981, Dr. John McIlvried was just one of two psychologists in the Behavioral Sciences department. By the time of his retirement in 2018, he was responsible for the establishment of clinical psychology at the University, the development of the Psy.D. program, and growth of the School of Psychological Sciences. All of these initiatives contributed to the formation of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences.
Under Dr. McIlvried’s leadership, the Psy.D. program was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the American Psychological Association – an achievement made possible by his unflagging work ethic.
In addition to his achievements at UIndy, Dr. McIlvried also made significant contributions to the field of psychology and the American Psychological Association. The unit joined the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology, and Dr. McIlvried was instrumental in helping to develop competencies for graduate students that are still being used in training programs today. He has also published research on training programs and ethics.