Diversity Awards

The Department of Psychology has established a fund devoted to supporting students from diverse backgrounds and the scholarship of diversity in our department and discipline. Diversity is defined broadly within the department to include differences with respect to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, age, disabilities/special needs, social class, culture, and religion. Funds can be used by graduate students for a variety of needs including conference travel stipends, small research grants, and relevant specialized training. Grants from this fund are distributed at the discretion of the Department’s Diversity Committee. Evaluation will center on the quality and significance of the proposed project for research and/or evidence-based practice. Each year, a total of up to $5,000 was distributed to one or more applicants, depending on the number and quality of proposals.


 2016 Award Recipients

Johanna Folk Johanna Folk, for the project "A Manualized Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group for Treating Diverse Addictive Behaviors."

Jennifer Jennifer DiMauro, for the project "A Comparison of Post-trauma Functioning in Combat Veterans vs. Sexual Assault Survivors and Their Partners."

Angelica Angelica Garza, for the project “Extraversion, Emotional Stability, and their Nonlinear Relationships with Employee Turnover.”

James Wilcox, for the project "Improving Program Effectiveness by Assessing the Volunteer Experience." James will be presenting this project at the 2016 PATH International Conference & Annual Meeting.

Carlos Hernandez, for the project “Supplemented Zinc on Learning and Memory in Tau Mice (P301L/CaMKII) using Contextual and Cued Fear Extinction.”



 2015 Award Recipients

KrisKris Gebhard, for the project "Exploring Shame-Related Responses to Threatened Masculinity: Shame, Fear of Exposure, and Externalized Blame."

Melissa Stiksma in Japan Melissa Stiksma, for collaborative work with a research group in Japan for the project "An Examination of Relationships between Mindfulness, Personality Traits, and Levels of Anxiety and Depression in American and Japanese Populations."