LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 20, 2019) — The Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) named University of Kentucky Chief of Neuropsychology Dong "Dan" Han the 2019 Psychologist of the Year during a conference on Nov. 15.
The KPA annually recognizes a psychologist with outstanding service to the field and the community. Dr. Han is an associate professor of neurology, neurosurgery, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Han is involved in the medicine community in several different ways, including being former president of both the International Society of Neurogastronomy (ISN) and the Lexington Board of Brain Injury Alliance. He is also the current chair of the Medical & Scientific Advisory Board of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), McMillan Chapter.
The KPA has represented the interests of psychologists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 1932. The KPA has played a leadership role in developing coalitions with other professionals and advocacy agencies provide greater coordination of services and public education on mental health issues. The association also provides mentorship and continuing education for psychologists and mental health experts across Kentucky.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.