After a review and rating process by a number of APAGS committee members and officers to determine the 2015 award recipient, it was decided that the West Virginia Psychological Association demonstrates an exemplary level of commitment to graduate student development.
Dr. Scott A. Fields, associate professor of behavioral medicine and psychiatry and president of the West Virginia Psychological Association, accepted the award, along with co-applicant Alyssa Frye and graduates of the WVU Charleston Division psychology internship program.
Dr. Scharman is a tenured Professor in the WVU School of Pharmacy Department of Clinical Pharmacy at West Virginia University. She received her B.S. in Pharmacy from Butler University and a PharmD. from Virginia Commonwealth University (Medical College of Virginia) then completed a Clinical Toxicology Fellowship at the Pittsburgh Poison Center/University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Scharman is the Director of the West Virginia Poison Center; a position she has held since July 1992. Her national reputation increased following the hazardous chemical leak into the water supply in southern West Virginia in 2014.
Dr. Scharman also serves as the Deputy Strategic National Stockpile Coordinator for West Virginia and she is involved in multiple disaster related projects in West Virginia including being an active member and past Chair of the Kanawha/Putnam Emergency Planning Committee. Dr. Scharman was selected by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology as the 2012 Distinguished Service Award recipient for outstanding and extraordinary service to the organization over the years of her professional career. Her research focus involves evidence-based evaluations of clinical toxicology practice. She is also lauded for her effective teaching to WVU and other health career students as well as state medical professionals about disaster-planning and response.
A reception to honor the WISH Mid-Career and Advanced Career awardees will be scheduled during the Fall 2015 semester at the HSC.