AZUSA, Calif.- Azusa Pacific University President Jon R. Wallace, DBA, announced the selection of Diamond Bar resident Robert Welsh, Ph.D., as dean of the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences (BAS) following an extensive nationwide search, effective July 15, 2012.

“I am pleased to announce that Azusa Pacific has chosen Dr. Welsh to lead the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences,” said Wallace. “He demonstrates a strong commitment to the university and recognizes BAS’ key role in expanding APU’s academic excellence and reputation. He will actively engage in the development of existing programs and consider opportunities for new initiatives that further the university’s mission and purpose.”

As dean of BAS, Welsh will provide leadership to 7 departments with more than 75 faculty. The school offers four bachelor’s degrees, six master’s degrees, and four doctorates.

“It is a tremendous privilege to serve as dean of the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences,” said Welsh. “I look forward to advancing BAS’ mission to make a significant difference in the world by preparing effective leaders in the helping professions. I am most excited to work with the talented faculty and staff in the school as they are an inspiration to the students, their colleagues, and the institution.”

Since joining the Department of Graduate Psychology at Azusa Pacific University in 2003, Welsh has assumed increasing responsibility for the programs in his department. As a scholar with more than 30 publications, numerous juried conference presentations and research grants, he has a deep understanding of the challenges of time and resources needed for research. He was the 2011 recipient of the Rose Liegler Award for Graduate Scholarly Achievement at APU. As director of the Doctor of Psychology program and chair of the Department of Graduate Psychology, he has overseen the APA-accredited doctoral degree, a complex master’s program at multiple sites, and the Community Counseling Center, for a department that includes 20 faculty and multiple staff members.

“Dr. Welsh is an accomplished scholar, teacher, and academic administrator. As a former department chair and doctoral program administrator, he understands the challenges and opportunities facing faculty members and academic programs today,” said Azusa Pacific University Provost Mark Stanton, Ph.D. “He is committed to academic quality and he will advance new programs that extend BAS into new territory. I am pleased that Dr. Welsh is joining our academic leadership at APU.”

Welsh holds a B.A. in Psychology from Biola University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. Board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, he is also a licensed psychologist in California. He brings extensive experience as a forensic psychologist at Patton State Hospital, a maximum-security forensic psychiatric hospital housing judicially committed patients. He remains active in the American Psychological Association and the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology.