Karina Ortega, a graduate student in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara, has been awarded a 2011 National Association of School Psychologists – Education and Research Trust (NASP – ERT) Scholarship. The NASP-ERT was established in 1995 to ease financial barriers facing some minority graduate students embarking on a Specialist Degree (or equivalent) in School Psychology. The Program’s profound goal is for each scholar receiving the award to enter the field as a practicing school psychologist following graduation, infusing the profession with diversity and cultural awareness to benefit children and school communities across the country. Ortega will be presented with the award at the NASP Annual Convention in San Francisco at the Awards Ceremony and Reception on Wednesday, February 23.
Karina Ortega is working on her M.Ed. in School Psychology at UCSB’s Gevirtz School. Before coming to UCSB, Ortega earned her B.A. in Psychology and a teaching credential with an emphasis on bilingual education at Stanford University. Having faced a number of obstacles in her own education, Ortega is motivated to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their highest potential. Her undergraduate experience tutoring low-income elementary school students led her to consider the fields of psychology and education as a career path. In the last few years, Ortega worked as a behavioral consultant with parents of children with developmental disabilities, collaborating mainly with Spanish-speaking parents to enhance their ability to support their children’s development. Currently she is completing her second-year school psychology practicum at a Santa Barbara public school where a large percentage of students come from low-SES and immigrant family backgrounds. Ortega is dedicated to bridging cultural and linguistic barriers across the home and school settings in order to promote positive outcomes for all students.
[Karina Ortega available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
– end –