Dr. Jeffrey A. Miller, professor of school psychology and associate dean for graduate studies and research in Duquesne University’s School of received the 2010 Eugene P. Beard Faculty Award for Leadership in Ethics.
The Beard Award, presented annually to a faculty member, honors those who best exemplify the University’s commitment to moral and spiritual values through outstanding leadership in ethics in family life or in University or community service.
Miller was honored for teaching and research at Duquesne as well as for his service and leadership roles in the University and professional organizations. Miller, who came to Duquesne in 1998, teaches psychological testing, child neuropsychology and directs research in the Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education.
A sign of his impact within the profession, said the nomination letter by Dean Olga Welch, is his recognition as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, “one of the highest honors accorded by the profession of psychology and … one indication of the impact of Dr. Miller’s scholarship and teaching.”
Miller has served as a past president of the American Academy of School Psychology and has held leadership positions, including serving as evaluator for the American Board of School Psychology Diplomate.
“These recognitions underscore his core belief that theory and practice must be connected for those aspiring to become effective school psychologists,” Welch wrote.
Miller, who also is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists and a Fellow of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a master’s and a doctorate in educational psychology at Arizona State University. A board-certified school psychologist, he previously worked as a district consultant to the Tempe School District.
As associate dean, Miller has taken a leading role in the Carnegie Foundation Project on the Education Doctorate, an initiative involving 21 top institutions. He also serves as an expert panel member for the Learning Disabilities Association of America and as vice president, Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology, through 2012.
A Duquesne University Academic Leadership Program Fellow in 2009-2010, Miller received the American Board of Professional Psychology Distinguished Service Award and a Duquesne University Presidential Scholarship Award, both in 2009, as well as an American Academy of School Psychology Distinguished Service Award in 2008, among other honors.
He is a resident of Pittsburgh’s Regent Square neighborhood.