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Elton C. & Joan R. Waelde Meditation & Psychology Awards

 
Each year, three awards are presented to recognize the Meditation and Psychology Area of Emphasis students in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program who have demonstrated commitment to the application of meditation and mindfulness in psychology. These awards are based on the student’s (a) quality of mindfulness practice in the community, based on years of practicum training and sites where services have been offered; (b) quality and degree of research accomplishments in mindfulness/meditation or related topics; and (c) commitment to advancing the study and practice of mindfulness and meditation in psychology and potential for making significant contributions to the field over the course of her/his career.
 
The three awards are:
  • Kangchenjunga Award in the amount of $250: Dottie Gill
  • K2 Award in the amount of $500: Tara Fishback
  • Everest Award in the amount of $750: Alicia Torres
Kangchenjunga Award Winner: Dottie Gill
Dottie Gill completed a year of practicum training in the Inner Resources Center.  She has offered IR groups through Life Moves Homeless Shelters, including a group for LGBTQ+ homeless adults.  She has also applied her mindfulness intervention skills through a year of work with the San Francisco VA Hospital’s DBT team, including co-facilitation of weekly DBT skills groups. Recently, Dottie successfully defended her dissertation proposal, titled Trait Mindfulness as a Moderator of the Relationship between Sexual Minority Stressors and Mental Health among Plurisexuals. 
 
K2 Award Winner: Tara Fishback
Tara Fishback completed a year of practicum training in the Inner Resources Center.  She has offered IR groups for the PAU student community as well as with older adults at the Sunnyvale Senior Center.  She has demonstrated a strong investment in the IR program through ongoing contributions and a vision for applying mindfulness to research on athletic performance, resilience, and burnout as well as psychoeducational interventions with student athletes. 
 
Everest Award Winner: Alicia Torres
Alicia Torres will begin her second year of practicum training in the IR Center this coming year, where she will serve as the Center Coordinator and student supervisor.  She has led IR groups for the PAU student community as well as with older adults at the Sunnyvale Senior Center.  She also drafted a protocol to run IR groups via zoom for the Gronowski Center, and she plans to use the IR protocol with the SMI population in a partial hospitalization program.
 
Alicia’s relevant achievements also include contributions to published work, such as her publication of a study examining the effects of mindful coloring on anxiety; recent service as an editorial assistant for the book Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery from Disasters: Perspectives from Southeast Asia; and coauthorship of a chapter on disaster mental health and psychosocial support interventions in Southeast Asia.  Alicia is currently a research assistant for a project evaluating a website that offers IR, Katatagan (a resilience self-guided course), and mindfulness resources.  She is also a co-author of a relevant manuscript in preparation -  a review article on mindfulness-based interventions and PTSD.
 
 
 
 
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