Diversity Award Recipients

2016 Recipient

Kathryn Norsworthy, PhD a professor in the counseling program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., has consistently been an advocate of social justice and uses her group skills to develop collaborative programs nationally and internationally. Norsworthy's work in the U.S. has focused on providing mental health programs for migrants and being a civil rights activist for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. She has established programs for persons with HIV/AIDS and victims of rape, incest and other forms of sexual trauma. Her international work has included providing groups for women in Burma, co-editing the International Handbook of Cross Cultural Counseling: Assumptions and Practices Worldwide and speaking as a representative to an international conference addressing mental health concerns of the world’s poorest people — a conference which was sponsored by the World Health Organization. Norsworthy is committed to group research and practice as well as international concerns. She has been recognized by the Society of Counseling Psychology, the Division of International Psychology, the Division of Peace Psychology, the Counselors for Social Justice and the Association for Specialists in Group Work. Her work has consistently focused on the intersection of social justice and group work. She is an excellent candidate for this award.

Previous Recipients

2015 Recipient

Chun-Chung Choi, PhD has clearly made contributions to both scholarship and practice in advancing diversity issues, particularly in the area of group counseling and advocacy for international students. Some of his many contributions in this area include: creating innovative group programming for International Student Services, which has become a specialty training program for UF Counseling and Wellness Center psychology interns; creating two groups that run each semester to address limited campus resources related to supporting Mandarin speaking International students; and providing supervision and training for interns related to working with diverse populations in group therapy. Dr. Chung has also taught group therapy in the Counseling Department at UF as an adjunct professor. Regarding research and scholarship, he has published five peer reviewed articles, two book chapters, and a film production aimed at empathy training for ethnic and cultural awareness. In addition, he has presented over 49 refereed national presentations (including two Div. 49 sponsored symposiums at APA in 2014 related to multiculturalism in groups), one international, nine regional, and numerous local presentations. Several recent presentations relate to his work with international students in group therapy, including a manuscript he is completing related to a qualitative study he completed with students in his Mandarin group.

2014 Recipient

Janice DeLucia-Waack, PhD Janice DeLucia-Waack, PhD, executive director, Association for Specialists in Group, shows an impressive commitment to both group work and issues related to diversity and multiculturalism. She has published “ The Practice of Multicultural Group Work: Visions and Perspectives from the Field” (2004) and recently has co-authored a chapter on diversity in group work in both the “ Oxford Handbook of Group Counseling” (2011), and the introduction to the section on multicultural group work in the “ Handbook of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy” (2004, 2014). In addition, she has authored or co-authored book chapters on “cultural biographies” (2009) and multicultural competencies in group work (1996). In addition to these books and chapters, she has published numerous articles on issues related to diversity, both in group work and in other clinical and educational settings. This work includes research with Latino adolescents, on gender and gender role identity and on homophobia, among other populations and topics related to diversity and social justice. DeLucia-Waack is also a fellow of Div. 49 (and of the Association for Specialists in Group Work and the American Counseling Association) and has served on the editorial board of  Group Dynamics  and many other important journals in the fields of education and counseling. She also served as editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work for six years (1995-2001). Taken together, DeLucia-Waack 's professional accomplishments in the area of multicultural group work make her clearly deserving of recognition from the Div. 49 Diversity Committee. 

2013 Recipient

As the 2013 Diversity Award recipient, Clayton P. Alderfer, PhD, has had a prolific career in organizational psychology, with more than 100 published articles and four books, of which more than half pertain to intergroup relations. His empirical work addresses intergroup relations along identity (e.g., race, gender, ethnicity, generation) using a number of methodologies, including participant observation and field experimentation. He has conducted research and provided interventions to change race relations through the use of race- and gender-based consulting teams. Moreover, Alderfer has provided service and mentoring through his academic positions at Yale and Rutgers.  He has developed graduate level courses, for instance, to teach group and intergroup relations and has facilitated a liaison group for administration. As a consultant to organizations, he has provided intergroup interventions to organizations — especially those relevant to black-white relations and those aimed at solidifying the standing of innovative group-level educational programs in professional schools.

2012 Recipient

Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, has made professional contributions in the service of promoting diversity and social justice within the overall field of psychology and, to a lesser extent, the specialty of group psychology. She has authored several articles and book chapters and has presented at conferences about various group psychology and psychotherapy topics, such as the following:

  • Ethical considerations in group psychotherapy.
  • Group interventions and treatment with ethnic minorities/clients of color.
  • Interpersonal relations and the group process. 

A fellow of Div. 49 as well as Divs. 44, 45, 51 and 52, Vasquez has demonstrated her decades of commitment to diversity and social justice through her impressive publication record, clinical experience and professional service. During her term as APA president, she formed a task force on immigration  to address this important issue. She has published multiple book chapters on group interventions and treatment with ethnic minority clients. Vasquez is highly deserving of recognition from the Diversity Committee of Div. 49.