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Steven D. Mullinix (M.A. ’75, Ph.D. ’78) receives Mary G. Clarke Award from N.C. Psychological Association

Photo of Steve Mullinix and wife Connie

Dr. Steve Mullinix and his wife Connie

Steven D. Mullinix was presented the Mary G. Clarke Award from the North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA) at its spring conference in Charlotte, N.C., on April 24, 2010. The award recognizes a psychologist who has made outstanding contributions over a number of years to psychology in North Carolina.  

Established by NCPA in 1983, the award is presented to one recipient annually. The selection criteria include dedication, competence, sensitivity, high ethical standards and advocacy for the field of psychology.

Mullinix holds two graduate degrees from the UNC School of Education – a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (1978) and an M.A. in Student Personnel Services (1975). John Galassi, professor of school counseling, who taught Mullinix in his graduate studies at the School of Education, said, “Steve epitomizes the best qualities of a helping professional – someone who always puts the needs of others first. It was a real privilege to work with Steve as a student and more recently to learn of his many unselfish accomplishments over a period of more than 30 years. The Mary G. Clarke award represents well-deserved recognition. Congratulations to Steve! I know that he will keep up the good work.”

Mullinix is a partner with HRC Behavioral Health and Psychiatry in Chapel Hill and Raleigh. He works with adults and couples with a special emphasis on job stress, career transition/job seeking and dual-career couples. Previously he served as the director of counseling centers at Marquette University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Within NCPA, Mullinix has served as treasurer of the Division of Independent Professional Practice for 10 years until 2005 and as a member of the Finance Committee. Subsequently, he became chair of the new Colleague Assistance Task Force in its formative years and mentored the committee to become a standing committee of the Association.

He extended his skills in the field of occupational psychology to additional leadership and advocacy positions by co-founding the Career Development Forum of the Research Triangle Park (N.C.) Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development, providing job stress/career development workshops and support for the North Carolina Bar Association.

Mullinix promotes ethical behavior and wellness of psychologists by making state and national presentations on self-care and ethical behavior to a wide range of audiences, by writing newsletter articles and through his own example.

“Few psychologists have done more to promote the well-being and professional and ethical behavior of psychologists in North Carolina than Dr. Steve Mullinix,” the award citation reads. “He demonstrates the qualities of dedication, competence and high ethical standards that are a hallmark of this award.”

Mary G. Clarke, for whom the award is named, was one of the most influential early psychologists in the state. She was well known for her extraordinary ability to blend acute scholarly skills with a caring, insightful personal style. She served on the faculty of the departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at UNC-Chapel Hill and was director of clinical training at UNC Memorial Hospital for many years. After the Practicing Psychologists Licensing Act was passed in 1967, she was the first chair of the North Carolina Board of Examiners of Practicing Psychologists. She held license number one.