Working as a behavioral health professional on a university campus is all about relationship building and leadership. These skills are Craig Rooney’s, PhD, strengths. Rooney serves as the behavioral health director at University of Missouri Student Health Center. These strengths are being recognized at the national level as he receives the Central College Health Associations Affiliate New Professional Award in late May.

This award recognizes American College Health Association members who have provided service to the field of college health for five years or less and who have made significant contributions to their institutions and/or affiliate.

Craig Rooney, PhDThese strengths are being recognized at the national level as he receives the Central College Health Associations Affiliate New Professional Award in late May. This award recognizes American College Health Association members who have provided service to the field of college health for five years or fewer and who have made significant contributions to their institutions and/or affiliate.

“As models change and resources remain limited, his leadership helps college health continue to find better ways to serve students’ evolving needs,” says Susan Even, MD, Health Center executive director.

As the Center moves toward a patient-centered health care home model, Rooney has been instrumental in integrating behavioral health with medical care and health promotion services. As the Health Center’s behavioral health director,  he strategically assembled a multidisciplinary team of behavioral health professional who are devoted to the health and well-being of college students and the University of Missouri campus.

“Our behavioral health team has been working hand-in-hand with medical professionals across the spectrum, both in the community and on campus, to provide a higher quality of health care for our students,” says Colton Miller, PhD, Health Center psychologist. “Dr. Rooney has made strengthening these relationships a priority and he remains committed to taking multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches to health care.”

Rooney will also accept the position of ACHA Mental Health Section chair-elect for the 2015-16 academic year at the annual meeting later this month.