Dr. William Gunn Receives Teresa Bolick Lifetime Achievement Award

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Published on May 09, 2017

Dr. William Gunn Receives Teresa Bolick Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. William GunnDr. William Gunn, Jr.

Dr. William Gunn Jr., Director of Primary Care Behavioral Health at Concord Hospital Family Health Center and New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency was recently awarded the inaugural Teresa Bolick Lifetime Achievement Award by the New Hampshire Psychology Association (NHPA). The award acknowledges a New Hampshire psychologist who has made a clear and lasting impact on students, patients and other consumers, colleagues and/or other professionals through their work in the field of psychology over the course of their career.

Dr. Gunn has been an educator, practicing psychologist and consultant in New Hampshire for the past 20 years. Throughout his career, he has provided direct clinical care to adults and families, and supervision to marriage and family therapy (MFT) interns, pre-doctoral clinical psychology interns, postdoctoral fellows and family medicine residents. He also serves on the governance committee for Concord Hospital Medical Group, serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and is on the faculty for the NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency’s Leadership/Preventative Medicine Program.

Dr. Gunn was a school psychologist in Virginia from 1980-1986. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1986 with his doctoral degree in systems thinking and family therapy. Prior to moving to New Hampshire, he was the Director of Behavioral Science in family medicine residency programs in Virginia, North Carolina and Colorado.

Dr. Gunn is known locally and nationally for his work in promoting behavioral health integration into primary care. In New Hampshire, he organized a statewide Learning Collaborative for Behavioral Health Integration. In 2016, he was awarded a Presidential Citation from APA for his “tireless efforts and stewardship to create and distribute a national curriculum on integrated primary care (IPC) for psychologists. He serves on the Interdivisional Healthcare Committee, was appointed chair of the Clinical Health Services Council and co-chair of the IPC Psychology Committee for the Society of Health Psychology. He has also co-authored several books aimed at preparing mental health professionals to work in medical settings.

“Dr. Gunn has dedicated his career to promoting the practice of family psychology in medical settings,” said Dr. Chase Levesque, President-Elect of New Hampshire Psychological Association. “He has advocated at both state and national levels for increased collaboration between behavioral health and medical providers and with the patients and families they serve. He has led efforts to provide education, consultation and training in this arena. In the Northern New England region, he is certainly a figurehead in the medical community for mental health and has also provided direct clinical care, teaching and mentoring to both mental health professionals and family medicine residents. For all these reasons and more, NHPA can think of no better candidate to receive this inaugural award than Dr. William Gunn.”

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