Outstanding Diversity Teaching highlighted at 2013 Psychology Recognition Reception


At the fourth annual Psychology Recognition Reception, faculty and student accomplishments during 2012-2013 were celebrated. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Association of Student Psychologists (GASP) and the psychology department, the reception honored the five faculty members who were promoted this year, the two faculty members who were named Distinguished University Professors, and the many students and faculty members who had received awards this year.  (Click here for a list of psychology students recognized with awards from the department.) Graduate students who had successfully completed their MA or PhD degrees in 2012-2013 were also recognized.

Dr. Kelly Lewis, the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Diversity Teaching Award, gave the keynote lecture titled "Intentional Diversity 2013". The lecture highlighted the difficulty with assuming that diversity will develop "naturally" and recommended instead steps that could result purposefully in improved diversity in our department and university, in our classrooms, and so forth. (Click here to read a Q&A with Professor Lewis on this topic.)

The 2013 award for Outstanding Diversity Teaching was also announced. Dr. Lindsey Cohen was honored as this year's recipient. Among the many diversity-related instructional efforts that were highlighted in Dr. Cohen's nomination, he secured  funding from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) with the primary aim of training graduate psychology students to work with disadvantaged and diverse populations. Through the training grant, Professor Cohen has mentored 11 doctoral students to work with African American children with sickle cell disease at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Based in part on their HRSA-funded work, these students have themselves been recognized with numerous awards, including four APA Division 54 (Pediatric Psychology) Diversity Poster Awards, an APA Division 54 Diversity Grant, one diversity-related travel grant from the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, one APA Minority Fellowship, and acceptance for three students to attend the competitive APA Diversity Training Summer Institute. Dr. Cohen was the plenary speaker for the APA Division 54 National Convention Diversity Committee program. In these and many other ways, Dr. Cohen is both providing training to a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students and also modeling a multicultural focus with respect to the populations affected by his research and clinical interventions.

The Outstanding Diversity Teaching Award was developed to recognize psychology faculty whose instructional efforts contribute to the department's mission of promoting diversity, defined broadly to include multiple and intersecting identities (e.g., gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, family education, economic background) as well as diversity of thought and worldview. The inaugural recipient was Dr. Leslie Jackson (Emeritus Clinical Professor) in recognition of her years of contributions to the understanding, education, and promotion of diversity in psychology. Recipients of the Outstanding Diversity Teaching Award are asked to give a departmental colloquium on the topic of diversity and teaching.