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School Psychology Chair at Duquesne Receives APA President’s Award

The chair of the Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education in Duquesne University's School of Education received the highest award given by the American Psychological Association (APA) on Oct. 31.

Dr. Tammy Hughes, who was elected to the elite standing of Fellow of the APA in September, was presented with the 2014 APA Presidential Citation Award at the APA Fall Consolidated Meetings in Washington, D.C.

"The School of Education joins the rest of the University in congratulating Dr. Hughes on this significant recognition of her status as a scholar and leader in school psychology," said Education Dean Olga Welch. "A presidential citation from the American Psychological Association extends the national reputation of the School of Education and, most particularly, our academic programs in school psychology. It is gratifying to know that this reputation is continuing to be enhanced by a researcher of Dr. Hughes' stature."

The scholarship of Hughes, a widely recognized expert on child violence, bullying, childhood emotional disturbances and conduct problems, has been recognized by the National Association of School Psychologists for Outstanding Service to Children because of her collaborative efforts as an APA leader, and other organizations, including Division 16 of the APA and the national Trainers of School Psychologists.

"Dr. Hughes continues to earn professional recognition at the national level in ways that bring credit to her department, the School of Education and the University," noted Provost Timothy R. Austin, Ph.D.

Hughes, who holds Duquesne's Fr. Martin A. Hehir Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence, has earned other honors from the University as well.

"It is always an honor to be recognized for the work that you do," said Hughes. "Resolving credentialing disconnections between the national organizations preparing school psychologists and expanding mental health services to children is a top priority for me. Perhaps what was most exciting is the recognition of Duquesne's training model for school psychologists by establishing a dual Psy.D.-Ph.D. program that has served as an exemplar for other institutions."

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