Gretchen Peacock, Ph.D
|Office:||487E, Education Building|
|2810 Old Main Hill|
Logan, UT 84322-2810
Dr. Gretchen Peacock is the Psychology department head. She is also a faculty fellow at the Center for Persons with Disabilities.
She is involved in the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program, serving on its management team. She also works to develop the interdisciplinary curriculum used by the program. The training materials are not focused on delivering content specific to any discipline, she said; rather it focuses on principals for delivering services.
“Interdisciplinary training is really important, particularly for children with multiple disabilities,” she said. The training helps health care leaders understand the commitments that crowd the schedule of families of children with disabilities. If several specialists are working with a child they can make recommendations that might overwhelm the family. Instead, Dr. Peacock said they can learn to work together on services that overlap: for example, speech and psychology services can be combined to address a child's tantrums.
Dr. Peacock also works directly with one trainee a year on mentoring. URLEND is set up so that one trainee may learn from several mentors, especially as they work on their leadership projects. The idea is to help trainees figure out how to solve a problem by giving them the tools they need without giving them the solution, she said.
In addition to her work with the URLEND program, she supervises a graduate student who works with the Up to 3 program to provide behavioral services.