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Doctoral program at NMSU receives award from American Psychological Association

The New Mexico State University Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology's (CEP) doctoral program in counseling psychology has received an American Psychological Association Suinn Minority Achievement Award.



NMSU officials display the 2004 Suinn Minority Achievement Award, which the Counseling and Educational Psychology's doctoral program recently received. Pictured from left to right are: College of Education Dean Robert Moulton, Counseling and Educational P

rd is based on the number of minority students enrolled in the program over a five-year period. From 1998 to 2003, 38 percent of CEP's doctoral students and 24 percent of its doctoral graduates were minorities, said Eve Adams, assistant professor of CEP and the training director for the counseling psychology doctoral program.



The Suinn Award is given to three programs annually and was presented by the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs at APA's annual convention in July. The award is named for former APA president Dick Suinn.

To qualify for the award, a program must be a doctoral psychology program nominated by a minority student. Each program, which can be in basic or professional psychology, is judged on its commitment to diversity by examining different aspects of the program, such as funding, recruitment, retention, mentoring and modeling for minority students, the program's curriculum and faculty and student collaborations.

Each year, CEP sponsors the Multicultural Research Symposium for its doctoral students to present their research, which must examine at least one multicultural issue. The department also brings nationally known multicultural experts to speak at the symposium.

The program recently received a $422,550 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to develop the Graduate Psychology Education Program, which will emphasize multiculturalism in the curriculum and enhance the students' experience with diverse clientele. CEP students are now required to take one course on United States-Mexico border issues in addition to the two required courses that focus on cultural diversity.