Dr. Lee Gillis receives national psychology award
Georgia College’s Dr. Lee Gillis was awarded the 2012 President’s Award for Meritorious Service for his work with the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, a division of the American Psychological Association.
“I am honored to become recognized by a division that represents and values the way in which I practice,” said Gillis, chair and professor in the Department of Psychological Science. “This award is acknowledgement that being responsive when asked to complete a task is rewarded.”
Gillis serves his final year on the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy as a three-year term board member. Effective January 2013, he was elected to serve as president-elect of the division and will hold the position of president during 2014.
Dr. Nina W. Brown, president of the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, presented the annual award to Gillis.
The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy provides a forum for psychologists interested in teaching, practice and research in the field. The division also develops national guidelines for doctoral and post-doctoral training in group psychotherapy.
Gillis earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Davidson College in Davidson, N.C. He earned his master’s degree in psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and his doctorate in counseling psychology from The University of Georgia in Athens.
Since 1979, he has conducted outdoor and adventure group therapy with adolescents in residential treatment and local schools.
Since 1986, he has taught group dynamics and group counseling at Georgia College. For more than 10 years, he has taken his interpersonal behavior class on a two-night group experience at Lake Laurel Lodge to practice group skills with peers.
Earlier this year Gillis co-authored a book titled “Adventure Therapy: Theory, Research and Practice.”
Gillis is a leader in the field of group psychology and group psychotherapy, said Ken Procter, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
“Dr. Gillis brings his particular research and teaching specialty to Georgia College, which alone enriches and sets our department apart from many other psychology programs,” Procter said. “He is a respected leader within his department, among department chairs and across campus.”