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NMSU professor elected to Fellow status

New Mexico State University professor Michael Waldo was selected as an American Psychological Association (APA) Fellow for the Society of Counseling Psychology.


Waldo, a professor in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department, was elected to Fellow status for his extensive work in prevention science and his involvement within the governance of the APA. He was honored for the achievement at the APA National Convention held in San Francisco in August.

"There has been no other current NMSU faculty member to achieve this status, so it's pretty exciting" said Eve Adams, interim department head of counseling and educational psychology.

The award is the second Fellow award Waldo has received. He was elected to Fellow status in 2001 by the Association for Specialists in Group Work.

The majority of Waldo's teaching, research and practice has focused on fostering learning and preventing problems by improving interpersonal relationships. He has worked with teachers to help them relate better to students and families, including helping teachers identify and address prejudice in schools.

Waldo and several NMSU students also have worked at La Casa with men who have been arrested for spousal abuse, in order to reduce the likelihood that violence will continue to disrupt the men's family lives.

Waldo said being awarded Fellow status could result in being invited to contribute to the profession by taking various leadership roles within the APA. He said his interaction with other APA Fellows will allow him to be more aware of opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate with psychologists at other locations.

"I highly value psychology, and I am deeply grateful for opportunities to contribute to it. I'm surprised and very happy to have been accepted as a Fellow in the APA," Waldo said.
Fellow status is an honor given to APA members who have shown evidence of outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology, displaying impact at the national level.