Tania Israel of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara was named Woman of the Year by the American Psychological Association’s Section for the Advancement of Women (SAW) at the APA’s annual convention in Washington, D.C. SAW is a section within the Society of Counseling Psychology. Israel has just completed her term as president of the Society of Counseling Psychology, and has previously served as the SAW newsletter editor and membership chair.
The Woman of the Year Award is given to a woman who has provided outstanding service to SAW. The Award carries with it the honor of presenting an invited address at the APA Annual Meeting the year following the receipt of the Award. Qualifications for the WOTY Award may be demonstrated through a variety of means such as: service to SAW, promoting the status of women in counseling psychology, leadership activities or activism on behalf of women, efforts to enhance communication within and between groups of women, and/or publications that advance knowledge of women’s concerns in counseling psychology.
Israel joined the faculty at UCSB in 2000 after teaching Counseling Psychology for two years at the University of Memphis. She completed her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University in 1998 where she taught Women's Studies from 1994-1997. Israel’s masters degree in Human Sexuality Education and B.A. in Women’s Studies and Psychology are from the University of Pennsylvania. Her scholarship focuses on LGBT mental health services and community development; intersections among gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation; and social justice. She supervises undergraduate and graduate students in her research lab.
Israel, an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA). She was the Lead Coordinator for the 2009 National Multicultural Conference and Summit. Israel was also the 2008 winner of the Section for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Awareness Early Career Award for Significant Contribution to LGBT Psychology.
[Tania Israel is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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