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NPA October, 2015 Member Spotlight

John "Jay" Curran, Ph.D.

Dr. John “Jay” Curran was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri. At a very early age, he began his lifelong support of the St. Louis Cardinals. He remembers fondly the glory days of the 1960’s when the Cardinals won two World Series and played in three. He continues to root for the Cardinals as they start their quest to win a third World Series since 2000.  
Dr. Curran received his B.A. degree in Psychology in 1975 from Benedictine College in Kansas, his M.A. degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1977 from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and his Ph.D. degree in Counseling Psychology in 1984 from the University of Iowa. He has been a member of both the American Psychological Association and the Nebraska Psychological Association since about 1985. He has been continually licensed as a Psychologist in the state of Nebraska since 1986. He is nearing the completion of a ten-year term on the state of Nebraska Psychology Licensing Board. He has enjoyed his time on this Board and has learned much about state regulations and statutes. He has benefited greatly from the discussions with his colleagues about current issues in psychology. Recently, Dr. Curran was appointed to the Civil Service Commission in Norfolk and will begin his duties later this month.
In 1982, he began his tenure at the Norfolk Regional Center (NRC), first as a pre-doctoral intern and later as a staff member. For the first twenty years, he provided individual and group counseling, evaluations, and consultation to persons with severe and persistent mental illness, chemical dependency problems, and developmental disabilities. As part of his duties and for many years, he testified at Mental Health Board hearings. In the last ten years as the focus of the Norfolk Regional Center changed, Dr. Curran now provides those same services to men who have committed sexual offenses. For a few years he was the Director of the pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the NRC but for most years he was a supervisor in the internship until it ended in 2010. He thoroughly enjoyed his years training future psychologists and also enjoys hearing of their accomplishments as they progress in their careers.
In 1991, Dr. Curran along with three other professionals started Associated Psychologists and Counselors (APC), a private practice clinic in Norfolk. He has been president of APC since its beginning and has directed it through the challenges of healthcare reform and the ever changing electronic and social media environment. The clinic has grown over the years and now has nine professionals providing mental health services at APC. Dr. Curran provides individual and couple counseling, evaluations to state agencies and courts, and supervision and consultation to other Norfolk agencies.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, taking road trips, watching classic movies, studying about the United States Civil War, reading on his Kindle, playing with Pebbles (the family dog), and  always rooting for the Cardinals.

Previous NPA Member Spotlights

September, 2015 – Nancy Bradford

July, 2015 – Alayna Schreier

June, 2015 – Joe Swoboda

May, 2015 – Mikel Merritt

January, 2015 — Lyndia Madison

December, 2014 — Mark Hald

October, 2014 — Sarah Schaffer

August, 2014 — Brenda Rohren

July, 2014 — Heath Hodges

June, 2014 — April Davis


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