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Scott D. Richards, Ph.D., PA-C, DFAAPA

Director Of The Physician Assistant Program

Associate Professor

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PhD, Psychology (Clinical), Walden University

MS, Psychology, Walden University

BS, Medical Studies/PA Certification, Hahnemann University (now known as Drexel University)

BA, Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Office
Graduate Center 125
Phone
732-923-4506
Email
srichard@monmouth.edu
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Office Hours
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About

In addition to an extensive career in medicine, Dr. Richards has broad experience in academics, teaching mindfulness, spirituality, psychology, psychiatry, and clinical medicine at both undergraduate and graduate level programs. He presently serves as the Program Director for our Master of Science Physician Assistant Program. Specific to PA graduate studies, Dr. Richards has served in almost every role in PA programs, from principal faculty to director of clinical education to program director to associate dean. He has also served as a consultant to developing and established PA programs particularly in the areas of accreditation, curriculum development, and assessment processes and reports.

Graduating from the Hahnemann University PA program in 1994, and passing his boards with special recognition in both medicine and surgery, Dr. Richards began his medical practice as a rural family and behavioral medicine PA, often serving as the consulting outpatient psychiatric provider for family practice and internal medicine practitioners. He has an extensive history in medicine, serving patients of all ages and with a wide variety of conditions, including complicated chronic disease multimorbidity. To enhance his skills and broaden the services he could offer to his patients, he returned to school, while still maintaining his full-time medical practice, to receive his doctorate in psychology, completing his internships in clinical psychology, including the fields of school psychology, health psychology, and mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapies. Over his career, he has developed and served in free clinics for migrant workers, homeless individuals, and the working poor and served with the Public Health Service, National and State Health Service Corps, and state-specific medical reserve corps. His service work has led to him being recognized as a distinguished fellow by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Dr. Richards strives to assist others in reducing their suffering and reaching a fulfilling and contented state of being – with particular emphasis on student success, improving access to care for all persons, and serving the underserved.

Publications
Scholarly Articles
  • Feirstein, J. & Richards, S. (2019). Family Medicine. In B. Darwin, T. Ritsema, R. Ballweg, & D. Vetrosky (Eds.), Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice (7th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier. Major revision of chapter submitted for publication.
  • Richards, S. & Feirstein, J. (2018). Family Medicine. In B. Darwin, T. Ritsema, R. Ballweg, & D. Vetrosky (Eds.), Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice (6th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.
  • Barclay, T., Richards, S. (2015). Mental Optometry: A new psychotherapeutic approach integrating neurobiology, visual perception and imagery, and emotions and behaviors. GSTF Journal of Psychology, 2(1), 41-47.
  • Barclay, T., Richards, S., Schoffstall, J., Magnuson, C., McPhee, C., Price, J., Aita, S., Anderson, A., Johnson, D., Price, J. (2014). A pilot study on the effects of exercise on depression symptoms using levels of neurotransmitters and EEG as markers. European Journal of Psychology & Educational Sciences, 1(1), 30-35.
Presentations/Invited Talks
  • Richards S. Incorporating Team-Based Learning in Your Class. Presentation for Emory & Henry College Faculty Professional Development Week. May 2019
  • Richards S. Communicating Expectations: Writing Instructional Objectives. CME presentation at the annual Physician Assistant Education Association Faculty Development 101 Workshop, April 2019, Washington DC.
  • Richards S. Exam Data Analysis. CME presentation at the annual Physician Assistant Education Association Faculty Development 101 Workshop, April 2019, Washington DC.
  • Richards S. How to Navigate the Road to Promotion and Tenure. CME presentation at the annual Physician Assistant Education Association Faculty Development 101 Workshop, April 2019, Washington DC.
  • Richards S. Early Recognition, Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. CME presentation at the Association for Family Practice PAs and NPs Annual CME Symposium, February 2019, San Antonio, NM.
  • Richards S. Diagnosis and Evidence-Based Treatment of Patients with PTSD. CME presentation at the Association for Family Practice PAs and NPs Annual CME Symposium, February 2019, San Antonio, NM.
  • Richards S. Effective Presentations. CME presentation at the annual Physician Assistant Education Association Faculty Development 101 Workshop, April 2018, Washington DC.
  • Richards S. Exam Data Analysis. CME presentation at the annual Physician Assistant Education Association Faculty Development 101 Workshop, April 2018, Washington DC.
  • Richards S. Understanding the ARC-PA and Accreditation. CME presentation at the annual Physician Assistant Education Association Faculty Development 101 Workshop, April 2018, Washington DC.
  • Richards S. Bipolar Depression: Early Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment. CME presentation at the inaugural Association for Family Practice PAs and NPs Annual Early Disease Detection and Disease Prevention Symposium, April 2018, San Antonio, NM.
  • Richards S. Suicidality and Suicide Prevention: Early Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment. CME presentation at the inaugural Association for Family Practice PAs and NPs Annual Early Disease Detection and Disease Prevention Symposium, 2018, San Antonio, NM.
  • Richards S. Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders: Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment. CME presentation at the inaugural Association for Family Practice PAs and NPs Annual Early Disease Detection and Disease Prevention Symposium, 2018, San Antonio, NM.
  • Richards S. Introduction to Motivational Interviewing. Two-Part CME Presentation for Johnston Memorial Hospital, Family Medicine Residency and Internal Medicine Residency, Grand Rounds. July 2017.
  • Richards, S. Suicide prevention and the ZeroSuicide initiative: An evidence-based approach to improving outcomes. Presentation for Johnston Memorial Hospital, Family Medicine Residency, Grand Rounds. March 2016.
  • Richards S. Academic support strategies for graduate clinical health science students. Presentation for Emory & Henry College’s Powell Resource Center staff. January 2016.
  • Richards S. Bipolar Disorder: Pharmacotherapy and Treatment Update. CME presentation at the annual Delaware Academy of Physician Assistants Pharmaceutical Update conference, 2015, Delaware
  • Richards S. A psychodynamic and mindfulness perspective on leadership and difficult interactions. Presentation and workshop given for the Lynchburg College Anderson Leadership Conference Workshop: Thinking ‘Outside of the Box’ about Leadership, February 2015.
  • Richards S. ADHD: Pharmacotherapy and Treatment Update. CME presentation at the annual Delaware Academy of Physician Assistants Pharmaceutical Update conference, 2014: Delaware.
  • Richards S. Understanding self-esteem and self-efficacy and the neurobiology of fear: The real reasons why individuals do not do well in college. Presentation given for the Lynchburg College Annual Academic Recharge Symposium, September 2014.
  • Abel C, Dunican K, & Richards S. An interprofessional cultural competence activity for all first professional year pharmacy and physician assistant students. Poster presented at: AACP Annual Meeting, Pharmacy Education; July, 2013; Chicago, IL.
  • Richards S. Improving difficult patient encounters: Identifying and using object relations, transference and countertransference issues in patient interactions. CME presentation at: New Hampshire Society of Physician Assistants Annual Primary Care CME Conference; 2012; Nashua, NH.
  • Richards, S. A chaos theory perspective on mortality salience & resultant terror management. Paper presented at: The Annual International Conference of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences; 2006; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
Professional Associations
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants, Distinguished Fellow
  • American Psychological Association, Member
  • Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners, Fellow
  • Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, Member
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine, Member
Awards
  • 2018: Healthcare Hero Cup of Kindness Community Service Award. Business Journal of Tri-Cities annual award to an individual or organization for excellence in public health.
  • 2013: Drexel University’s Sherry Stolberg Alumni of the Year Award.
  • 2009: Pi Alpha National Honor Society. Inducted into the national physician assistant honor society by Drexel University for the promotion & recognition of significant academic achievement, leadership, research, community & professional service.
  • 2009: Awarded Distinguished Fellow status in American Association of Physician Assistants.
  • 2008: Award for Excellence – St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
  • 2005: Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology. Lifetime national recognition for academic excellence in the study of psychology.
  • 2000: State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition for service in Del Norte County
  • 2000: Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Service to Community Award, Redwood Coast Regional Center, Crescent City, Del Norte County, California
  • 1996: Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement & Contribution Award, Regional Migrant Education Association, California
  • 1994: Honors recognition in both primary care & surgery, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
  • 1993: National Health Service Scholarship Recipient
  • 1988: Magna Cum Laude Honors, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Additional Information

Community Service

2015-2020       Volunteer Clinician & Instructor, Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps

2015-2019            Board Member, Mel Leaman Free Clinic

2015-2019            Volunteer Clinician & Clinical/Organizational Consultant, Mel Leaman Free Clinic

2017-2020            Board Member, Smyth County Community Hospital

2017-2020            Board Member, Smyth County Development Foundation

2017-2020       Board Member, Association for Family Practice PAs & NPs (AFFPANP)

2017-2019            Editorial Board Member, Clinician Reviews

2016-2018           Assistant Organizer, Remote Access Medical (RAM) Smyth County

2018-2019            Ballad Health Community Benefit & Population Health Workgroup Member

2018                      Virginia Association of Free & Charitable Clinics Membership Standards Workgroup

2016-2017            Board Member, Southwest Virginia Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

2016-2017           Volunteer Clinician, RAM, Smyth County

2015-2017           Mountain States Health Alliance: Mental Health & Addiction Workgroup Steering Committee

2012-2017           National Health Service Corps Ambassador

2012-2014           Board Member at Large, New Hampshire Society of Physician Assistants

2012-2014           Legislative Commission on Primary Care Workforce Issues, New Hampshire

2012-2014           New Hampshire Diversity Initiative Learning Collaborative on Culture

2012-2014           Health Services Advisory Committee, Southern New Hampshire Services, Headstart

2000-2002:          Volunteer Family Practitioner for Uninsured/Homeless Clinic, Lewiston, ME

1994-2000:          Volunteer Family Practitioner for Migrant Workers: Smith River Migrant Health Clinic

1994-2000:          Delivered educational medical sessions to local organization of ‘senior citizens’ on monthly basis

1992-1994           Volunteer Student Clinician, Clinic for the Homeless, Philadelphia, PA