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Acadia Hospital Leader Earns Doctorate

Posted: 03/18/2015

Bangor, Me—Acadia Hospital Director of Operational and Clinical Analytics Brent Scobie, PhD recently completed his doctoral degree in disability studies at the University of Maine.
Dr. Scobie’s dissertation research examined the impact of communication technology use on relationship development among adults receiving individual psychotherapy. Such inquiry has broad applicability to those of us who work in healthcare given the dramatic and increasing role that technology plays in delivering services, and it is one which has received relatively little attention within the literature.
About the degree Dr. Scobie stated, "This was a wonderful experience for me to pursue advanced study in several areas that have long been an interest of mine including disabilities, communication technology and research.”
Dr. Scobie currently leads several innovative projects at Acadia which include the use of email to augment therapeutic services to patients who live in rural regions of Maine and providing robotic assisted pet therapy on the pediatric inpatient units to assist the youngest and most vulnerable of our patients acclimate to the hospital environment.
He is responsible for providing advanced analysis of hospital operations and implementing evidence-based clinical services and outcome measurement protocols that collectively will help improve Acadia's capacity to provide the right care, at the right time and with the greatest effect on those we serve.
Of Scobie’s achievement, Acadia Hospital President and CEO Dan Coffey commented, “Earning a doctorate while balancing work and family is a testament to Dr. Scobie’s work ethic and intellect. From the hospital’s perspective, his academic work will directly benefit our patients and how we provide care, so we are not only proud of but pleased by Dr. Scobie’s accomplishment.”
Acadia Hospital is a fully accredited and licensed non-profit psychiatric hospital whose mission it is to empower people to improve their lives. 

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