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Release: Aug. 21, 2002

APA gives minority achievement award to UI school psychology program

The American Psychological Association has awarded the University of Iowa's school psychology program the Suinn Minority Achievement Award for 2002.

The award, created by APA past president Richard M. Suinn, Ph.D., is given for demonstrated excellence in the recruitment and retention of ethnic minority students. US-born ethnic minorities currently constitute 43 percent of the current student body in school psychology.

Kathryn C. Gerken, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator, will accept the award at the APA's annual meeting in Chicago on Thursday, Aug. 22.

"The faculty of the school psychology program have worked hard over the years to create an environment that truly values diversity, and I'm pleased to see that work recognized with this award," said Tom Rocklin, chair of the UI College of Education's Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations in which the school psychology program is based. "The diversity of school psychology student body enriches the program, the division and the entire College of Education."

The school psychology program offers a graduate program of study leading to the Ph.D. in school psychology. Its scientist-practitioner doctoral program is accredited by the APA and the National Association of School Psychologists.