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Dr. Robert D. Lyman

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Provost and Vice President for Ac...

University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Dr # 5035
Hattiesburg , Mississippi 39406
United States

Company Description: The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading...   more

Employment History


  • doctoral degree , clinical psychology
  • master's Degree , clinical psychology
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University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders announced today that Dr. Robert Lyman has been selected as the university's next provost.
Lyman, currently dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., will begin his duties at Southern Miss July 1 and will have overarching responsibility for the university's academic enterprise.The selection ends a six-month national search for the cabinet-level position."I am delighted that Dr. Lyman has accepted our offer to join the Southern Miss administrative team.
Lyman visited the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses on Feb. 7 and 8, where he met with students, faculty and staff in the final stage of the search process that began last August. "The primary responsibilities of the provost are to ensure the quality of the academic programs and to facilitate scholarly productivity by the faculty and staff," said Lyman."These will be easy to accomplish at The University of Southern Mississippi because of the institutions' proud history and great potential in both of these areas."Before joining Appalachian State University, Lyman served as dean of the School of Arts and Letters at North Georgia College and State University from 2003-05. From 1975-78, Lyman was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama Medical School in Birmingham, and from 1978-2003, he served as a department head within the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. For 19 of these years, he was executive director of Brewer-Porch Children's Center, a children's mental health treatment, research and training program affiliated with the college's Department of Psychology.During his 25 years at the University of Alabama, he held other academic positions including chair of the Department of Psychology and coordinator of the Clinical Child Psychology Doctoral Training Program.He is a well-published scholar in psychology with more than 90 academic publications and presentations to his credit.
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The only way to make sure the person remains in custody of the mental health system is by trying to have him or her committed under adult commitment procedures, said Robert Lyman, chairman of the psychology department at the University of Alabama.
He said that involves a petitioner making the request, usually to the probate judge in the home county.The criteria for an adult commitment is much different than what is used in juvenile proceedings.To be committed as an adult, a person must be considered a dangerous and imminent threat to himself or to someone else.
Otherwise, the person must be released.
"If someone felt that was the case, they should have petitioned the court," Lyman said.
It's part of a changing philosophy, Lyman said.
"The system is now more liberal in terms of trying to release them rather than assuming they can't make it," he said."In the past, a person could be in a mental institution for life, but they're now allowing someone out to see if they can make it.If not, there are recommitment procedures available, if necessary."
Police departments in the Shoals are often contacted and given names of people who have been released from institutions or have been diagnosed with an illness.That helps officers understand and deal with a person they come in contact with who appears unreasonable or violent, authorities say.It also protects the person.
Lyman said he's not convinced there was a breakdown in the system in Bond's case, especially considering 15 months passed before the violent act occurred.
There are some judges, including some in northwest Alabama, who say the state mental health department rushes to release patients.
Those critics say an early release can have an adverse effect on the person and those whom he or she comes in contact with after release.
Lyman said any possible breakdown in the system might be the loss of jurisdiction when a patient turns 21.He said a review of procedures "would be beneficial to determine if there is a better way for the two systems to connect."
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Robert D. Lyman retired from the Univ. of Alabama in 2003 after 25 years as a psychology faculty member and department chair. He then worked at North Georgia College and State Univ. for two years as dean of arts and letters and then at Appalachian State Univ. for three years as dean of arts and sciences. In June 2008, he became provost and academic vice president at the Univ. of Southern Mississippi.
Montgomery Advertiser : : FYI, 12 Mar 2003 [cached]
Dr. Robert Lyman, a professor and chairman of University of Alabama's psychology department, said children can overcome anxiety when possible sources of worry are approached in a group setting.And that setting should involve interaction, a question-answer session, visuals and hands-on materials.
"Try not to be scared," Taylor advises kids -- or grown-ups -- who've never been to the hospital."If you want your Mom there, you can squeeze her hands tight."
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Robert Lyman, a dean at Appalachian State University, has been named provost at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Advertisement> "The first months are going to be spent listening to people," Lyman said."Southern Miss is a large and complex institution with its own culture and its own tradition."
Lyman, 60, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State in Boone, N.C., starts his job July 1.His salary will be $235,000.
Lyman impressed us as someone who would be able to hit the job running.
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