NEWS

Transfer student Gabriel Martinez found his second family at the UA as a deaf studies major. He plans to pursue a master's degree in higher education and eventually work in disability resources at a university. Read the full story by Alexis Blue, University Communications.

Assistant Professor Desiree Vega is selected as a 2019-20 HSI Fellow. The program serves as one of many strategies to strengthen the University of Arizona’s institutional capacity and exceeds the federal criteria required to be designated a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Lia Falco, assistant professor of disability and psychoeducational studies and Kevin Henry, assistant professor of educational policy studies and practice were selected as the 2019 Erasmus Circle Fellows. Given for demonstrated integrity in research, instruction, and service, the title of Erasmus Circle Fellow is one of the highest honors bestowed upon our faculty by the college.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Arizona College of Education's rehabilitation counseling program tied for No. 4 among public universities in its latest list of graduate programs. Each year, U.S. News ranks schools and programs in business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medicine. The rankings in these six areas are based on expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students.

This month, Disability and Psychoeducational Studies Associate Professor Sam Steen will receive the Professional Advancement Award from the Association for Specialists in Group Work, a division of the American Counseling Association.

The American Rehabilitation Counseling Association names Professor of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies Linda Shaw recipient of the James F. Garrett Award for a Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Research.

Professor Umbreit received the Outstanding Leadership Award in the field of behavior disorders from the Council for Exceptional Children with Behavioral Disorders, for his significant contributions in the field. Former student Candace Gann attests, “I would not be where I am today in my academic career if it were not for Dr. John Umbreit.”

Assistant Professor Vega received big-screen recognition from President Robbins at the Washington State vs UA men’s basketball game. She was named as an Arizona Champion for her work as a faculty member in education who advocates for the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Disability & Psychoeducational Studies doctoral student Jaclyn Wolf attended the California Association of School Psychologists conference in San Diego in early November to present her research, Neighborhood risk and unsafe schools in relation to Latinx adolescents' academic engagement: Social cohesion and school respect as protective factors. Her findings indicate neighborhood and school risk, and protective factors are important to Latinx adolescents’ academic engagement.

The need for timely, responsive mental health services in school communities is growing. According to the National Alliance for Mental Health, as many as 20 percent of youth under the age of 18 will experience a mental health condition, yet only half will receive mental health services. That number is much lower for Hispanic, African-American, and Asian-American students. Addressing mental health in schools can reduce the drop-out rate, lower the risk of suicide, reduce risky behavior, improve help-seeking, and improve academic achievement.