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SPSSI's Diversity Committee Congratulates 2009 Diversity Travel Award Winners!


Adriana Aldana, MSW, in University of Michigan’s doctoral Joint Program in Social Work and Social Science (Psychology), employs research and evaluation methods that advance youth and community civic participation.


Christopher Allen, MA, is finishing University of South Carolina’s doctoral program in Clinical-Community psychology, with a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. His research examines risk factors for and prevention of men’s violence against women.


Le Ondra Clark, MS, is completing the University of Wisconsin’s counseling psychology doctorate, assessing cultural competence in a community mental health agency, and how to overcome barriers created by actual and perceived discrimination.


Amber Landers, beginning Purdue University’s Clinical Psychology doctoral program, investigates African Americans’ implicit attitudes and psychological stress responses to race-related police contact.


Debbie Ma, MA, in the University of Chicago social psychology program, studies how factors both internal (e.g., arousal, fatigue) and external (e.g., context, labels) affect racial construal and response.


Anne Marie Mikhail, MA, in the McGill University Counseling Psychology doctoral program, examines the career development and cultural transitioning of immigrants to Canada, focusing on the second generation.


Mike Parent, starting the University of Florida Counseling Psychology doctoral program, studies sexual-orientation identity development, and barriers to such identification, as well as gender identity and stereotypes.


Deviyanti Soejanto, MA, in the Colorado State University doctoral program, studies stereotypes of older lesbians and gay men among older adult population, and more generally, gender roles and sexual orientation, plus sexual prejudice across cultures.


Anita Tam, MS, in Clemson University’s International Family and Community doctoral program, explores deliberative dialogue as promoting democracy, globalization influencing indigenous peoples’ rights, and the impacts of modern-day slavery and human trafficking.


Zhana Vrangalova, in Cornell University’s Human Development doctoral program, studies how sexuality and its circumstances enhance or thwart its enriching potential, focusing on sexual orientation, casual sex, morality, and well-being.

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