Katie Eklund, a student at the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, was awarded an American Psychological Foundation (APF) Paul E. Henkin Grant. As the recipient of the award, Eklund received $1,000 to help defer the cost of travel to the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention in Toronto, August 6-9. APF also published notification of her grant in the APA Monitor on Psychology.
At the APA Convention, Eklund was author and presenter of one poster: Measurement Equivalence across Ethnicities for a Teacher Behavior Rating Screener¸ with J.M. Twyford, J. K. Chin and E. Dowdy and presenter for a symposium on Schoolwide Screening for Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Problems, with J. M. Twyford, J. K. Chin, and E. Dowdy.
Since 1953, the American Psychological Foundation has been expanding psychological knowledge and promoting change. APF understands that the discipline of psychology has unparalleled potential for understanding behavior and benefiting humanity. The APF provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come.
Katie Eklund is a doctoral student in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, with an emphasis on School Psychology. Eklund received a BA and BSW in Psychology and Social Work from Valparaiso University and received her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Eklund is originally from Denver, Colorado and worked as a school social worker, school administrator, and high school cross country and track coach prior to starting her advanced degree. Her research and clinical interests focus on early identification and intervention for at-risk children and adolescents, school safety, and Response to Intervention models. She is currently working on a research project with Los Angeles Unified School District to develop a behavioral and emotional screener for children and youth, as well as research at UCSB examining the relations among well-being and psychological problems using positive psychology and traditional psychological assessments.
[Katie Eklund is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
– end –