Spotlight on Teaching
Dr. Mark A. “Tony” Stillman, Clinical Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, notes the foundation of his teaching philosophy is mutual respect and emphasizes students’ active participation in the learning process, continued self-assessment, building on students’ strengths, and challenging them to step outside their comfort zones. Dr. Stillman was selected to serve on the American Psychological Association (APA) Society for Health Psychology Committee on Integrated Primary Care Curriculum, a national team of nine psychologists who designed a multi-module curriculum designed to prepare psychology graduate students and trainees for work in primary care healthcare settings. This APA-endorsed curriculum was piloted at Mercer in the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program, has been disseminated nationally and internationally, and is utilized in psychology graduate programs across the nation. Dr. Stillman received the national APA Early Career Achievement Award based on his achievements and leadership in the field of psychology. PsyD students regard him as an outstanding, creative, and engaging instructor, stating, “Dr. Stillman goes out of his way to listen to students’ feedback. He constantly tries to improve upon his already useful style of teaching. It was always evident that he has a genuine interest in our education.” Dr. Stillman was the recipient of the 2023 College of Health Professions Excellence in Teaching Award, presented to the faculty member who demonstrates sustained contributions to teaching and learning within and outside the College. He joined the faculty of the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program in 2016 and currently serves as the Director of Clinical Training.