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Capella launches online PhD specialization in addiction psychology

May 26, 2011
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Minneapolis — Capella University, an online university that has built its reputation by providing high quality online degree programs for working adults, has announced a new Addiction Psychology specialization as part of its PhD in Psychology degree program.
The new specialization is one of very few non-clinical Addiction Psychology doctoral specializations available online, which offers addiction professionals more flexibility to combine advanced education pursuits with their other professional and personal goals. As of March 31, 2011, nearly 40,000 students are pursuing an online degree at
Capella University, with 31 percent enrolled in Capella's doctoral degree programs, and 47 percent enrolled in Capella's master's degree programs. "There have been tremendous changes in the field of addiction psychology in recent years, including increased attention to co-occurring disorders and growing concern about behavioral disorders with addictive features, such as gambling, eating, sexual behavior, and spending," said Nancy A. Piotrowski, PhD, the lead faculty developer for Capella's Addiction Psychology doctoral specialization. "This has compounded the need for well-trained professionals in this area of work, including those versed in implementation science-research focused on translating evidence-based findings into common practice." Dr. Piotrowski is an American Psychological Association (APA) fellow and a past president of the APA's Division 50, the Society of Addiction Psychology. She has more than 25 years of professional research and clinical experience and more than 15 years of faculty and academic leadership experience in the field of addiction.

"Capella's non-clinical doctoral specialization in Addiction Psychology is designed for seasoned ddiction professionals who want to contribute to the field in new ways, such as developing and implementing innovative addiction programs, educating and training the next generation of addiction professionals, or conducting research to document the effectiveness of new treatments and their implementation," said Dr. Piotrowski. "Our specialization builds on students' current expertise in the addiction field while advancing their knowledge of the latest issues, trends, theories, and methods related to both substance use problems and behaviors with addictive features."

Capella is accepting enrollment applications for its PhD in Psychology, Addiction Psychology specialization. Review of the PhD in Psychology, Addiction Psychology specialization is pending in Kansas, Kentucky, North Dakota and South Dakota.

For more information, call (888) CAPELLA (227-3552) or email