RD Boardman, PhD, joins SEARHC staff in Sitka

October 11 2009

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is pleased to announce that psychologist RD Boardman, PhD, has joined the behavioral health provider staff at the Haa Toowóo Náakw Hít outpatient behavioral health clinic in Sitka. Dr. Boardman will oversee SEARHC’s neurodevelopmental team in Sitka. The team diagnoses and treats disorders that affect the functioning of the brain, such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), autism, Asperger syndrome, lead exposure, Fragile-X, and other genetic and environmental causes. The team does much of its work with children, helping those with disorders reach their full potential. “RD is a psychologist of unusual character, integrity and skill,” said Dr. Rand West, PsychD, Clinic Director at Haa Toowóo Náakw Hít. “We are very happy to have him here at SEARHC.” Dr. Boardman completed a five-year Doctor of Philosophy program in counseling psychology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. In the last year of his program he worked at Colorado State University. Dr. Boardman has worked in Utah and Colorado, providing services to group and individual therapy, substance abuse treatment, outreach and prevention programs. He also worked in the Yukon River community of Galena, providing therapeutic services to the villages of Ruby, Huslia, Nulato and Kaltag. Dr. Boardman is an Indian Health Service Health Professions Scholarship recipient, and he has been awarded multiple scholarships from his tribe, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to contribute to the great work SEARHC has been offering to Sitka and the surrounding communities,” Dr. Boardman said. “I look forward to meeting, cooperating and connecting with those here at SEARHC to learn and grow with your help.” Dr. Boardman’s medical interests include a breadth of experience in group therapy, working with adolescent and young adults, as well as working in culturally diverse environments. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, getting on the river to fly fish, hiking, dancing, and sleeping in when he can. ###