Doctoral student receives Latina Scholar Award

Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The American Psychological Association’s (APA) Society for the Psychology of Women has awarded OLLU doctoral student Susana Martinez with the Student Scholar Hispanic Women/Latina Award for her dissertation research, “Latina sexuality: The influence of sexual identity on the therapeutic work of Latina psychotherapists with Latina clients.”

The award is given annually to honor the scholarly contributions of a student who has conducted research and/or scholarly work that advances the psychology of Latinas/Hispanic Women.

“Susana exemplifies all that is great about our students and our program,” said Joan Biever, chair of the psychology graduate programs. “She completed her master’s at The Lake and is now in the PsyD (doctor of psychology) program. She has been a great student and we are proud of her accomplishment.”

This is the second time that an OLLU student has received the award. In 2011, Melva Torne-Boyd received the award for her work, “Resilience factors in Latina women survivors of childhood sexual abuse.”

OLLU’s Psychology Department offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees that train students to apply psychological theory and practice to a broad range of situations and populations. All graduate degree programs academically prepare students to become licensed as mental health professionals. The Doctor of Psychology program, which recently received reaccreditation by the American Psychological Association, places a strong emphasis on multicultural competence, the application of psychology and the delivery of services.

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