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Idaho State University Psychology Clinic announces new faculty, services

Posted September 26, 2011

The Idaho State University Psychology Clinic features new faculty and expanded services for the 2011-12 academic year.

The ISU Department of Psychology has added two new full-time faculty members, Kimberly Nylen, Ph.D., and Courtney Haight, Ph.D.

The addition of Nylen and Haight enables the ISU Psychology Clinic to offer additional psychological services, including more services for women and children, to the citizens of southeastern Idaho.

Kimberly Nylen"Depression is very common in women who are pregnant or postpartum," Nylen said. "We are extremely excited to offer a low-cost option for specialty treatment to women who are pregnant, thinking about getting pregnant, or who have recently had a baby."

Nylen, who is also serving as the new director of the ISU Psychology Clinic, also noted, "while there are effective treatments for depression, many women do not receive services. We hope to change that by providing another option to women in our region."

The addition of Haight will help the clinic treat children having anxiety.

"Anxiety is one of the most common problems in childhood," Haight said. "Anxiety symptoms can range from difficulty attending school, to phobias or general worry. Our clinic is very excited to work with children, their families, and other community agencies such as schools to help children in surrounding communities."

Nylen received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa in 2009 and recently completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. She has worked extensively with pregnant and postpartum women who experience symptoms of anxiety and depression during pregnancy and after childbirth.

Courtney HaightHaight received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2011. While at UNLV, Haight worked with families of children with difficulty attending school or experiencing distress while at school, children with a range of anxiety symptoms, and families of children who display unwillingness or reluctance to speak.

In addition to the services provided by Nylen and Haight, the ISU Psychology Clinic also offers the following:

• Therapy for adults and adolescents with panic/anxiety, depression, or other emotional disorders;

• Family therapy for pre-adolescent children who fight or disobey;

• Trauma treatment;

• Couples and family therapy; and

• Psychological testing.

The ISU Psychology Clinic is a university training facility. It provides low-cost psychological services to the citizens of southeastern Idaho, serving both the university and broader community. It also provides support for ongoing clinical research conducted by the Psychology Department.

Nylen and Haight, along with four additional full-time faculty, supervise approximately 20 advanced graduate students in the ISU Psychology Clinic.

Clinic hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. during the school year and 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. during the summer. There is no charge for the clinic's initial intake session.

"Please note that ISU students should contact the ISU Counseling and Testing Center (282-2130) before considering our facility, as they provide psychological services to students at no cost," Nylen said.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (208) 282-2129.

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