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Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

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Marshall psychology program ranked one of country's best

Marshall University's doctor of psychology program has been ranked favorably by a counseling degree review website. According to Best Counseling Degrees, Marshall's program is the 38th best in the country, out of 77 American Psychological Association- accredited programs. The APA, which is the largest professional organization for psychologists in the United States, accredited Marshall's program in 2006.

The ranking puts Marshall in the top half of APA accredited programs. It's based on student performance.

Keith Beard, director of Marshall's program, said he's pleased with the ranking and having success recognized.

Rankings were based on program pass rates on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology, a test all psychologist must pass to become licensed. They also use data on internship matching, program completion and cost of the program. Marshall's pass rate is 67 percent. Almost half of Marshall's psychology doctoral students get an APA accredited internship, and 84 percent go on to receive their license.

The program admitted its first class in 2002. It prepares doctoral-level psychologists for work in rural and other under- served communities.

Putnam man critically injured after being hit by vehicle

A Putnam County man is in critical condition after being struck by a car Sunday night.

Forrest Yonkosky, 47, of Rock Branch, was walking in the middle of W.Va. 62 in the Poca area around 5:50 p.m. when he was hit by a car, according to a media release from the Putnam County Sheriff's Department.

Two vehicles were traveling down the road when they approached Yonkosky in the area of Bottoms Up Bar and Sam's Hot Dog Stand. The first vehicle swerved and avoided Yonkosky, but the second vehicle didn't have time to swerve and hit Yonkosky, the release said.

Yonkosky was taken to CAMC General Hospital where he was listed in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit, according to the release.

Sheriff Steve Deweese couldn't say whether or not drugs or alcohol were a factor in the incident, but the sheriff said Yonkosky is known for walking in the middle of the road. …

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