Dr. Kurt Michael is the Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University (ASU). https://psych.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/kurt-d-michael. He is currently serving as the Assistant Chairperson of Psychology. He was trained at the University of Colorado – Boulder (B.A., cum laude), Utah State University (M.S., Ph.D.), and Duke University Medical Center (Clinical Psychology Resident Internship). Dr. Michael teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and his primary areas of research are school mental health, suicide prevention, psychotherapy outcome, depression, rural healthcare, and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Michael’s empirical work has appeared in scientific journals such as: Clinical Psychology Review, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, BMJ Open, Teaching of Psychology, Children and Youth Services Review, Evidence-Based Mental Health, World Psychiatry, Behavior Therapy, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and The Lancet.

Dr. Michael currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Child and Family Studies and is the Editor (JP Jameson, Co-Editor) of the first edition of The Handbook of Rural School Mental Health (Springer). He was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Rural Mental Health, an international peer-reviewed scientific outlet.

In addition to Dr. Michael’s teaching and research interests, he is a practicing Licensed Psychologist and in 2006, developed and implemented interdisciplinary school mental health partnerships titled the Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Centers in rural western North Carolina. The ASC Center was designed to serve children and families in North Carolina while at the same time, provide pre-professional and professional workforce development, which aligns well with ASU’s strategic mission to improve the health of North Carolinians and to have a sustained impact on the region, both economically and culturally.

Under Dr. Michael’s leadership, The ASC Centers have been awarded approximately 1.5 million dollars in federal grants and local contracts to support their operations over the past 8 years. In 2014, Dr. Michael was honored for his long-term service to North Carolina as the Board of Governors recipient of the James E. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service http://video.unctv.org/video/2365355746/.

Finally, Dr. Michael consults with agencies on a national level regarding the development of crisis intervention and suicide prevention protocols for public school systems. He recently co-wrote a grant with colleague Dr. Denise Lovin, which was funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, to scale up local capacity to treat and manage suicidality using scientifically supported intervention procedures, or the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) Protocol.


Kurt Michael has been a guest on 1 episode.

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