Department of Clinical Psychology Names 2014 Diversity Award Recipients

There was a three-way tie for the 2014 Department of Clinical Psychology Diversity Award. The award recipients are Bola Afolayan, Josefina Irigoyen and the 2014 AUNE Disaster Shakti team. The awarded projects were selected as most representative of AUNE’s vision of diversity and social justice practices. Reviewers for the award were faculty members from within and outside the department, as well as professionals from the Keene community.

Bola Afolayan (5th yr. PsyD) is practicing advocacy as a member of the state of New Hampshire committee for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Recent PsyD graduate Josefina Irigoyen did her dissertation study on Mexican-American mental health patients’ utilization of, and readmission into, in a community mental health center and psychiatric hospital in the border town of McAllen, Texas.

Disaster Shakti is a volunteer team of doctoral clinical psychology students who use their education to reach out to disaster survivors. The 2014 Disaster Shakti team (5th yr. PsyDs Melissa Boudreau and Beth Briggs; 4th yr. PsyDs Perrin Tellock, Katherine Russell, Megan Brummier, and Marie Macedonia; and 3rd yr. PsyDs Kevin O’Leary, Molly Conley, and  Kelsey Moran ) provided disaster mental health services in Haiti, evaluated trainees’ experiences in rendering counseling in Haiti, and completed a study on assessing Haitian children and adolescents’ resilience and trauma in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.

The awards will be presented on the first day of the fall semester when the Clinical Psychology faculty and students meet to begin the new semester.