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USD Health Sciences Dean appointed to National Committee

VERMILLION, S.D. – Michael Lawler, M.S.W., Ph.D, professor and dean at the University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences, has been named to the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Children, Youth and Families.

Lawler joins five other committee members to address national policy and practice issues relative to the health and well-being of children, youth and families. His appointment begins January 1, 2017, and runs for three years.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.