Please note: Dr. Paul does not serve as a research mentor in the program.
Michelle Paul joined the UNLV Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program as the Associate Director of Clinical Training in 2004. Her position is unique within the department as she is fully devoted to the coordination and oversight of doctoral students' clinical, or practicum, competency development. To that end, Dr. Paul's duties are centered on teaching clinical courses, providing clinical supervision and overseeing practicum training assignments. Currently she teaches clinical supervision, and practicum seminar.
She also directs the program’s innovative, interdisciplinary training clinic, The Partnership for Research, Assessment, Counseling, Therapy and Innovative Clinical Education, or, The PRACTICE: A UNLV Community Mental Health Clinic. The PRACTICE is a sliding scale clinic where graduate students from multiple disciplines provide a variety of mental and behavioral health services to a diverse community. This training clinic offers graduate students the opportunity to learn clinical functions under intense faculty supervision utilizing state of the art technology.
Further, Dr. Paul serves as a liaison between the department and community of professional psychologists in southern Nevada. She works to oversee and develop doctoral practicum training opportunities for students tailored to their interests and career goals.
Clinical Interests and Professional Activities
Dr. Paul has strong generalist clinical training with particular interests in children, families, and psychological assessment of attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities and other neurodevelopmental or acquired emotional, cognitive and behavioral impairments in children and adults. She is also devoted to professional service. As an active member of the Nevada Psychological Association, she has served as the Public Education Coordinator, Legislative Committee Chair, Southern Region President, and Executive Board President for two terms and President of the Nevada Psychological Association Training Consortium Executive Board. She was honored by the Association for Outstanding Advocate for Psychology" in 2004, 2008, 2011, and 2019; and received the James Mikawa Award for Outstanding Psychologist in 2009. She was appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to serve the Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners from 2011- 2019 and as Board President for 3 years. As the UNLV Psychology Department Associate Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Paul is committed to applying her clinical and professional service experience to develop and enrich the practical training experience for each clinical graduate student.
Dr. Paul received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont in 1997. She has worked in the Las Vegas community as a practicing psychologist since 1999.