Tania Israel, an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, has been named the chair of the Undergraduate Council of the UCSB Academic Senate. The Undergraduate Council sets standards for and policy on undergraduate education and provides advice and consent on all matters of policy, planning, programs, and practice that impact the quality and diversity of UCSB’s undergraduates and their educational experiences at UCSB.
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 teaches Introduction to Applied Psychology, a requirement for the Applied Psychology track of the minor in Education and Applied Psychology, as well as graduate courses, including pedagogy in applied psychology, counseling LGBT clients, and a seminar on social justice in counseling psychology. She is affiliated faculty with the Department of Feminist Studies at UCSB.
Israel is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and President of APA’s Division 17 – Society for Counseling Psychology. 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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