Awards heaped onto UNT's Department of Counseling and Higher Education

It has been a good year so far for the Department of Counseling and Higher Education in the University of North Texas' College of Education. A number of faculty members and students have earned awards from various organizations based on their research and contribution to the community.

The types of awards range from lifetime achievement awards to awards for doctoral research dissertations. The Association for Humanistic Counseling, the American Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota, the counseling honor society, were among the organizations that gave the awards.

While the Department of Counseling and Higher Education has been ranked first in Texas and among the top 20 in the nation eleven times by the U.S. News and World Report since the rankings began, the sheer volume of awards won by the department this year speaks to the quality of the program.

Department of Counseling and Higher Education faculty members and students who earned an award or were recognized for their work include:

  • Corinne Boyd, a master's student in higher education, was selected for the Leadership Texas Association of School Boards Class of 2015.

  • Sue Bratton, a counseling professor and director of the Center for Play Therapy, and Deborah Ojiambo, a counseling program doctoral alumna, won the 2015 ASGW Best Group Research Article of the Year from the American Counseling Association.

  • Kara Carnes Holt, a counseling program doctoral graduate from UNT, was awarded the 2015 Best Practice Award from the American Counseling Association. The award recognizes research projects that further the evidence-base for counseling practice.

  • Cynthia Chandler, a counseling professor and director of the Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy, received the Medical Center of Lewisville's 2015 Frist Humanitarian Award for conducting two hours of animal-assisted therapy voluntarily every Wednesday afternoon at the hospital and for her pioneering work in the field of animal-assisted therapy.

  • Jan Holden, department chair and counseling professor, won the 2015 Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person from the American Counseling Association. The award honors an ACA member who gives to others without fanfare or expectation of reward other than the personal satisfaction of seeing other people made happier.

  • Kimberly Lowry, a doctoral graduate in higher education, won third place in the 2015 American Association for Blacks in Higher Education Dissertation of the Year Award competition.

  • Taylor Morgan, a second year master's cohort student in higher education, won the 2015 Southwest Association of College and University Housing Offices Bob Huss Outstanding Graduate Student award.

  • Kristie Opiola, a second year doctoral student in counseling, was named a 2015 Emerging Leader by the Association for Humanistic Counseling and was awarded three research grants totaling just under $20,000.

  • Katie Purswell, a recent doctoral graduate of the counseling program, was also named a 2015 Emerging Leader by the Association for Humanistic Counseling.

  • Dee Ray, a counseling professor and director of the Child and Family Resource Clinic, won the 2015 Humanistic Educator/Supervisor Award from the Association for Humanistic Counseling.

  • Nydia Sanchez, a doctoral student in higher education, won a 2015 Graduate Fellowship Award from the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education.

  • Hallie Sheade, a doctoral student in counseling, received the 2015 Outstanding Practitioner Award from Chi Sigma Iota. She was selected for the award based on her work with veterans and her dissertation on equine-assisted counseling.

  • Hayley Stulmaker, a recent doctoral graduate of the counseling program, was awarded the 2015 Dissertation Award from the Association for Humanistic Counseling.

  • LaKaavia Taylor, a counseling doctoral student and teaching fellow, was selected as a 2015 fellow for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program, which will include a stipend of around $20,000.

  • Brittany Wilson, a counseling program doctoral student, was named a 2015 Leadership Fellow and Intern by Chi Sigma Iota.

 

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