Presidential Advocacy Scholarship Recipients

by Vanessa Nyborg, Federal Advocacy Coordinator

Congratulations to the recipients of the Presidential Advocacy Scholarship! The Presidential Advocacy Scholarship will cover the registration fee for three student members of Division 35 to attend PsycAdvocates Day at APA’s 2011 Convention in Washington, DC. The Scholarship embodies one of the core aims of Division 35: to advocate action toward public policies that advance equality and social justice. 


  • Efrat Eichenbaum attended Georgia State University as an undergraduate, and is now a second-year student at Drexel University's Clinical Psychology PhD program, concentrating in health psychology. Her research interests include women's health, coping with pregnancy loss, community outreach studies, and diversity/cultural competence issues. Her master's thesis, which will provide pilot data for her dissertation, investigates coping strategies in African American women following pregnancy loss. In her free time she enjoys traveling, art and design, reading, and spending time with friends and family. 

  • Cashuna Huddleston is a second-year doctoral student in the counseling psychology program at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas and has been a member of APA for four years. She serves as the Counseling Psychology Representative for University of Houston, the Student Representative for Division 35 (Section 1), the Treasurer for Houston Association of Black Psychologists, and the Communications Co-­Chair for Association of Black Psychologists Student Circle. Her research interests are health disparities, health prevention and promotion, cultural competency, and issues that affect Black people. 

  • Pearlette Ramos currently serves as the Assistant Director of Administration for the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control where she provides leadership over procurement, finance, auditing, and human resources. She also serves as the agency's lobbyist and oversees internal and external communications. Pearlette earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Methodist College where she double majored in Psychology and Business Administration. In 1995, she obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. After practicing law for more than 10 years, Pearlette relocated to Arizona and began pursuing a PhD in Psychology, with a concentration in consciousness and spirituality, from Saybrook University. Her dissertation research focuses on attorney well-­being. 

Through their attendance at PsycAdvocates Day, recipients of the Presidential Advocacy Scholarship have the opportunity to gain federal advocacy training and will advocate for key issues in the psychology community on Capitol Hill.