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BGSU Firelands professor named fellow of American Psychological Association

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM

HURON — Christopher Mruk, professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University Firelands College, was granted the status of fellow by the American Psychological Association this summer in its Division 32, Humanistic Psychology.

Fellows are nominated by peers in the organization and must pass review by the Fellows Committee of the American Psychological Association. Fellow status is an “honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology and requires that a person's work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level.”

“Dr. Mruk’s contributions to the college and the professional community are considerable and this nomination is validation of his efforts. He is an outstanding example of the quality of educators we have at BGSU Firelands,” dean Andy Kurtz said.

During his tenure with BGSU Firelands, Mruk has contributed more than 20 articles in professional journals, eight chapters in academic publications and three books, one of which is in its fourth edition. He has also provided clinical continuing education programs in the areas of the DSM, self-esteem and positive psychology to universities and professional bodies in psychology, social work, and counseling in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Mruk’s most recent book is “Feeling Good by Doing Good: A Guide to Authentic Self-Esteem and Well-Being,” and will be published by Oxford University Press. The book aims at “translating” research-based scholarly concepts from the fields of self-esteem and positive psychology into language that is more useful for mental health clinicians, their clients, and the general public.

Before becoming a professor at BGSU, Mruk worked as a clinical psychologist in mental health centers and directing the counseling center at St. Francis University in Pennsylvania. He is currently a consulting psychologist for Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky.

Mruk has taught at BGSU for more than 34 years and received the BGSU Professorship of Teaching Excellence award in 2017. He teaches undergraduate classes at BGSU Firelands and graduate classes for the BGSU department of psychology.

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