ISU’s Joshua Swift selected for award for his research in psychotherapy and clinical psychology

POCATELLO- Idaho State University’s Joshua Swift, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, was selected for the Western Psychological Association Enrico E. Jones Award for Research in Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology.

He will attend the Western Psychological Association conference in April to receive the award, and then again next year to give an award address. Swift was selected for the award due to his outstanding contributions in psychotherapy research.

Joshua Swift

Joshua Swift

“This award was a complete surprise to me,” Swift said. “I thought it was neat that my research collaborators would submit the nomination to begin with, but then felt very honored that the awards committee would select me for the award.”

Swift is from Long Beach, California where ironically the conference is being held. More recently Swift was a faculty member at the University of Alaska Anchorage for five years. When the opportunity arose for Swift and his wife and five children to move to Pocatello they quickly fell in love with the city.

“We are really happy to be able to call it our home,” Swift said. “When I came to visit ISU for the first time the students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels showed a real interest in learning and a level of maturity that I hadn’t always seen in other schools. The faculty in the department were all very friendly and there was some really exciting work that was already being done in the psychology department.”

Swift is a psychotherapy process and outcome researcher. According to Swift, psychotherapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for individuals who experience mental health problems, but it is not without its limitations. Some people who experience mental health problems do not seek out treatment. Many of those who do begin treatment drop out prematurely and of those who complete it, not all of them recover.

Swift studies the variables and conditions that best help people seek treatment when there is a need, complete it once they have started and have the greatest likelihood for treatment success. He also studies methods for providing clinical training to future psychologists.

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