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Vazquez honored by National Association of School Psychologists

New Mexico State University's Enedina Garcia Vazquez was honored in February with a presidential award at the National Association of School Psychologists' (NASP) national conference in Boston.

New Mexico State University's Enedina Garcia Vazquez, left, was honored in February with a presidential award by Gene Cash, President of the National Association of School Psychologists', at the organization's national conference in Boston. (Courtesy Photo)

Vazquez, associate dean and deputy director of the Physical Science Laboratory, also is a full professor in the College of Education's Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology.

NASP President Gene Cash honored her for her outstanding continuing service to the profession as well as the NASP organization. Vazquez serves as the chair of the NASP Program Approval Board. In this capacity, she leads the approval process for school psychology programs seeking NASP approval. During the fall 2008 review cycle, she coordinated reviews for 52 programs across the country.

"Dr. Vazquez has done so much for this program that she was instrumental in starting," said Elsa Arroyos-Jurado, director of NMSU's School Psychology Program. "Even though her current position is more administrative, she continues to mentor faculty and students in the program as well as assist in securing grant funding. Her contributions have been invaluable and her ties to the program have stayed strong."

"This was such a surprise," Vazquez said. "I am just making sure I do my part to serve the profession. We need to make sure that we produce high-quality school psychologists because they are going to be serving our kids. It also is critical to increase the diversity of school psychologists to match the diverse population they are serving."

NMSU's School Psychology Program is the only one in the state and is approved by NASP.

Vazquez has taught undergraduate, master's and doctoral level courses in human development, educational psychology, appraisal and the practice of school psychology. She continues to publish in her field. Her research interests include education, assessment, acculturation, skin color and other multicultural and psychological issues. She also serves as the editor of the Trainers' Forum, the journal of the Trainers of School Psychologists, a national organization concerned with the graduate preparation of future school psychologists.

NASP represents school psychology and supports school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth.