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PsyD Grad Receives APA Award for Work on School Violence

Dr. William Ketterer (Antioch University New England, PsyD in Clinical Psychology ’10) received notice in October that he had won the APA 2021 Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training Award, one of the highest honors awarded by the American Psychological Association. The award, which comes with a $1,000 prize, is one of four given annually by the APA’s Board of Educational Affairs. In giving the prize, the selection committee cited Dr. Ketterer’s ”outstanding and enduring national impact to the field of psychology.”

“This is a big deal in psychology,” says Dr. Lorraine Mangione, Professor of Clinical Psychology at AUNE. She says that Dr. Ketterer’s work preventing violence in schools is highly regarded.

Dr. Ketterer’s 2019 book, Reducing Anger and Violence in Schools: An Evidence-Based Approach, was praised as “a marvelous translation of clinical psychology into useful, meaningful, and practical tools for educators and others in their work with kids.” School administrators, counselors, and teachers have taken up the book and its approach as a guide for strategy in their schools.

Currently, Dr. Ketterer lives in Lyme, New Hamshire, where he runs Ketterer Consultants. This group of psychologists, educators, and a behavioral neurologist provides clinical expertise to New Hampshire and Vermont public schools. Dr. Ketterer’s approach works to understand the social and emotional needs of students who have experienced adverse childhood experiences. This framework intends not only to improve children’s self-esteem and capacity for self-regulation but also to enliven and improve classroom and school culture.

Dr. Ketterer’s dissertation, written while completing AUNE’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, was titled “Psychological Change Among Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: an Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis.” He completed a practicum in pediatric neuropsychology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Ketterer interned at Norwich University, where he was awarded both the Commandant’s Award of Excellence and the President’s Award of Excellence. He has presented his research nationally and internationally in Vienna, Austria.