The MacArthur campus welcomed its own "Dr. Phil" when Dr. Philip Cromer (right) joined the staff as assistant director of counseling services in September 2005. Dr. Cromer's office is located in the newly renovated Student Health Clinic and Counseling Center.
"What's great about the new student health facility is that students can visit both the nurse practitioner and me in the same facility. This helps to ensure confidentiality," says Dr. Cromer. "My role is to help students by providing individual sessions, couples counseling, crisis counseling and group counseling." Dr. Cromer graduated from FAU with a degree in sociology in 1997. He moved to West Virginia where he received an M.A. in mental health counseling and a Ph. D. in counseling psychology.
Dr. Cromer keeps a busy schedule. Students can call to set up an appointment at 561-799-8621 or "drop in" from 9 to 10 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays or 11 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Evening hours are also available by appointment.
Another facet of Dr. Cromer's work is outreach. He recently added a link to the campus’ psychological services website for online mental health screening. He also gave a presentation on "Careers in Psychology" to the Psychology Club, and he is working with students who are preparing to interview for graduate programs in psychology.
Dr. Cromer, who grew up in Martin County, has plans to expand the scope of the counseling center. He would like to implement testing for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. He also has a vision of making it a training center for master’s and doctoral psychology students.
"I love the idea of being able to grow the counseling center," he says. "We have a wonderful campus. It’s small and intimate with bright, motivated students. Our diverse and unique environment comes with both challenges and opportunities."
Jared Velez, MacArthur Campus Student Governor, and Heather Boyer, MSGA Senate Speaker, proudly display their “Give A Hoot” awards, presented by Dr. Kristen Murtaugh, campus vice president. The two student leaders were recognized for their outstanding contributions to student government and activities at the MacArthur campus.