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Diversity Scholarship winners

This year SASP presented three graduate students, one advanced and two incoming, with Diversity Scholarships.

By Kennetha Frye, MS

On behalf of the SASP 2013 board, I would like to thank everyone who applied for the award.  This year we had many qualified applicants and it was an arduous task for the committee members to decide on the winners.  Please see below for pictures and short bios of our 2013-2014 incoming and advanced winners.

Advanced Winner:

Charity Brown GriffinThe recipient of the 2013-2014 Diversity Scholarship for an advanced student is Charity Brown Griffin. Griffin is a fifth-year doctoral student at the University of South Carolina. Currently, she is working on her dissertation, which examines relationships among school racial climate, school engagement and academic achievement in African-American adolescent youth.

For the past year, Griffin has been receiving extensive training and supervision in implementing evidence-based interventions with ethnic minority children and families at the university-based Psychological Services Center. In addition Griffin has implemented Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with survivors of sexual and physical abuse and neglect at a local non-profit organization that addresses the effects of child abuse.

Griffin will be completing her predoctoral internship with Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, N.C., beginning July 2013. Afterwards, she plans to pursue her interests related to cultural factors impacting achievement-related outcomes in African-American youth.

Incoming Winners:

Two students received the 2013-2014 Diversity Scholarship for an incoming student: Megan Sy and Brandis Ruise.

Megan SyMegan Sy was born and raised in the Philippines. She received her BA in psychology from Ateneo de Manila University, before coming to the U.S. to pursue a graduate degree at New York University. In the fall 2014, she will be a second year doctoral student at St. John's University. She has worked on research projects related to immigrant parents' school involvement, adolescents' perceptions of unfair treatment and international school psychology.

Megan's main research interests involve ethnic minority identity and Filipino/Filipino-American psychology. Specifically, she is interested in experiences of discrimination, internalized oppression, and how these affect cultural identification, school adjustment and academic success.

Brandis RuiseBrandis Ruise received her BA in women's studies from the University of Florida. During her undergraduate career, she worked in the Child Attention & Memory Lab, which engendered her interest in the impact of executive functioning on student outcomes.

In the fall, Ruise will be entering her second year of the school psychology doctoral program at the University of Rhode Island. This past year, she worked as a research fellow at the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities. As a fellow, she collaborated on interdisciplinary projects focused on promoting health literacy of families from underrepresented groups. Additionally, she worked as a behavior analyst conducting skill-based assessments and providing consultative services to families of children diagnosed with autism.

Next year, Ruise will serve as a graduate assistant, teaching various sections of undergraduate psychology courses in child development and personality theories. Her general interests include program evaluation and the development of culturally sensitive interventions for children with developmental disabilities.