Established in 1999 in the Psychology Department of the University of Nevada, Reno, the Nicholas Cummings Chair and associated faculty adopted an innovative curriculum in behavioral health as primary care, leading to a Ph.D. in clinical psychology plus a certificate in behavioral healthcare administration. Between 1999 and 2007 dozens of such doctoral candidates have been graduated and were remarkably well received in the marketplace. The Cummings Chair was instrumental in other APA approved doctoral programs in clinical psychology. For example, the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology graduated its first class in what came to be known as the Cummings Curriculum in 2003.
William T. O’Donohue, Ph.D. was the Cummings Professor of Organized Behavioral Healthcare Delivery from 1999 to 2007, at which point onerous campus politics within the psychology department threatened the integrity of the program. Rather than seeing the program limited, diluted or even perverted, the Cummings Foundation withdrew its support, thus vacating the Chair and terminating the program.
This program has been replaced, beginning in 2009, with the Doctor of Behavioral Health Program at the Arizona State University. The DBH program there has been deliberately placed outside the psychology department to prevent a repetition of such meddling and possible diluting of its innovations by traditional forces.