Awards

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominations for the Section on College and University Counseling Centers (SCUCC) awards are now being accepted. SCUCC is excited to announce this call for three Travel Awards to the 2017 APA Convention. For more information, please see the Call for Nominations.

RECIPIENTS OF THE 2016 SCUCC AWARDS:

Sarah E. M. Nolan, Ph.D.
Counseling and Psychological Services, University at Albany, State University of New York
Counseling Center Outstanding Early Career Psychologist Award

Jon R. Bourn
Counseling and Wellness Center, University of Florida
Counseling Center Outstanding Graduate Student/Intern Award

Amy L. Buchanan
Counseling and Psychological Services, Washington State University
Counseling Center Outstanding Graduate Student/Intern Award

RECIPIENTS OF THE 2015 SCUCC AWARDS:

Monicah Muhomba, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt Psychological and Counseling Center
Counseling Center Outstanding Contribution to Counseling Center Work Award
Dr. Muhomba is a Counseling Psychologist at the Vanderbilt Psychological and Counseling Center (PCC) who developed an extensive and unique program of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, utilizing her skills as a teacher, a clinician, and a clinical researcher. Dr. Muhomba joined Vanderbilt PCC in September 2008 as a post-doctoral resident and then became a licensed psychologist and joined the staff in October 2009. In November, 2014 she was promoted to Assistant Professor on the Clinical Faculty track in the Department of Psychiatry. She is also currently the Training Director for the APA accredited Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship, oversees the practicum training program, and directs the PCC Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Program. Dr. Muhomba exemplifies an effective integration of her roles as a leader in education through the training of all levels of learners at her center and as an innovative clinician who has applied her teaching skills to implementing clinical research through a successful data driven DBT program. She is the Team Leader for her national DBT consultation group, coordinating communication between the group, the Linehan Institute, and the expert consultant to the group. Over the past four semesters, 70 students with severe diagnoses have participated in her DBT groups. Dr. Muhomba has data from pre/post surveys which she is currently analyzing to assess efficacy of the program. Finally, in her role as Training Director, Dr. Muhomba has implemented a supervisor training program (Teaching the Teachers), an eight hour summer series for all staff involved with working with trainees at PCC. Dr. Muhomba has created a unique DBT program that she designed to respond to the needs of her clients while ensuring integrity in the implementation of the program through her teaching and clinical research. She has accomplished this as a woman of color from another continent in a predominately white organization, modeling for the PCC staff and Vanderbilt students the importance of respect for the individuality of all individuals. For this reason, and for her achievements as a counseling center psychologist and administrator, Dr. Muhomba is awarded the Counseling Center Outstanding Contribution to Counseling Center Work award.

Dianna Marisol González, Ph.D.
University of California Irvine (UCI) Counseling Center
Counseling Center Outstanding Early Career Psychologist Award
Dr. González is currently a senior staff psychologist at the University of California Irvine (UCI) Counseling Center where she previously completed her postdoctoral fellowship and doctoral internship in psychology. As part of her role at the center, Dr. González serves as the liaison to the Student Support Services, which provides academic services to first-generation college students. She also serves as the liaison to the Transfer Center and as the UCI Dreamers coordinator. As a first-generation college student herself, Dr. González has a passion for working with first generation, transfer, and undocumented students to help them achieve their educational aspirations. Dr. González has developed several innovative outreach programs and provided culturally responsive intervention to these vulnerable populations during her tenure at UCI. Her work includes leading the Transition to University group to address adjustment issues specific to first-generation and transfer students, teaching Goals in Action, a structured-intervention for students who are on academic probation, and creating UndocuEater#TALK, a monthly community forum for undocumented students. In addition, Dr. González has a tremendous amount of training and expertise in providing bilingual therapy and supervision. She frequently shares her knowledge of bilingual therapy and supervision with her colleagues as a peer consultant. Moreover, Dr. González provides training seminars to each year’s intern cohorts on social justice issues in counseling, working with undocumented students, and bilingual therapy. Finally, Dr. González has graciously shared her time and talent by serving in leadership roles with the California Psychological Association, APA, and the National Latina/os Psychological Association. As a result of her interest in bilingual counseling, she co-founded the Bilingual Issues in Latina/o Mental Health Special Interest Group within NLPA. Currently, Dr. González is on the planning committee for the first UC system-wide conference for mental health professionals where she serves as an expert in working with undocumented students. For these reasons, and for her unwavering commitment to social justice and culturally competent clinical service for underserved populations, Dr. González is awarded the Counseling Center Outstanding Early Career Psychologist award.

RECIPIENTS OF THE 2014 SCUCC AWARDS:

Jon Brunner Ph.D.
Florida Gulf Coast University
Counseling Center Outstanding Contribution to Counseling Center Work Award

Jodi Caldwell, Ph.D.
Georgia Southern University Counseling and Career Development Center
Counseling Center Outstanding Contribution to Counseling Center Work Award

Alli Anderson, Ph.D
Georgia Southern University Counseling and Career Development Center
Counseling Center Outstanding Early Career Psychologist Award

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