To actively support clients across the career lifespan in discovering their inner motivation, goals, strengths, and confidence. In order to support their personal and professional success, vitality, and sense of fulfillment
Background and Experience
Dr. Wendy Ward has 30 years of experience as a therapist, mentor, and more recently as an executive coach. She is the creator of the UAMS Faculty Executive Coaching program where she has gathered a team of coaches to meet the needs of faculty and other leaders. She also has her own private coaching business. Over the years, she has increasingly found fulfillment in the development of others both personally and professionally through program development and 1-on-1 via mentoring and coaching. Her enthusiasm for the growth of others comes from a deep commitment to service and the belief that each one of us is capable of growth and becoming who they choose to be. She is happy to assist coachees or teams with developing resilience, building leadership skills, achieving career success, navigating career transitions, and/or finding fulfillment in their work.
Education and Credentials
Dr. Wendy Ward is a licensed, board-certified Clinical Psychologist, earning her PhD from UNC-Greensboro, completing a residency at Rush-St-Lukes-Presbyterian Medical Center, and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at UAMS.
She is now a Professor with tenure int the UAMS College of Medicine. She is a Past President of two national professional associations. She serves UAMS as both the Director of Interprofessional Faculty Development and Associate Provost for Faculty. She serves all five colleges, the Graduate School, and Academic Affairs faculty in these two roles, including recruitment, onboarding, faculty development, mentoring, coaching, promotion, professional wellness, leadership development, retirement transitioning, and emeriti engagement.
She is a specialist in faculty affairs, faculty development, and integrated team-based care. Dr. Ward is an American Psychological Association Fellow, a National Academies of Practice Fellow, past President of the Women’s Faculty Caucus, and has received the UAMS DOP Educator of the Year three times (qualifying her for Educator Emeritus), and is a UAMS IPE Master Facilitator. She has received the UAMS Outstanding Woman Faculty of the Year (2017), Phenomenal Woman award (2016), and thrice nominated for Mentor of the Year.
She was awarded three Educational Excellence Awards from the Dean of the UAMS College of Medicine and received the UAMS Chancellor’s Teaching Award in Teaching Excellence in Society and Health for her faculty development efforts. In her community, she serves as President on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Arkansas. Master Certified Physician Development Coach™