Family & Community Services - Department Chair
Family & Consumer Sciences Education - Department Chair
Family Financial Planning - Department Chair
Youth Development - Department Chair
Paul Springer is currently an associate professor in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies, in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. His professional interests center on improving mental health services for underserved and hard to reach populations. This includes working in collaborative health care settings, rural populations, and racial and ethnic minorities. Over the last several years he has been able to apply collaborative care principles in working in rural medical settings by providing mental health treatment through the innovative use of technology. This work has been instrumental in increasing access to mental health care services for underserved rural populations.
More recently, Springer's research among rural and underserved populations has led to global partnerships in Brazil, India, and Portugal. He is currently working with colleagues in these countries to apply collaborative care principles and community based research that harnesses local resources so communities can better meet their own mental health needs. This often includes the delivery of high quality mental healthcare through the innovative use of technology. Springer is also involved in a longitudinal project in Brazil looking at family resilience and has additional interests in studying addictions among couples and families, nationally and internationally.
Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University, 2007
M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Auburn University, 2003
B.S. in Marriage, Family and Human Development, Brigham Young University, 2001