Kelly Whaling receives the 2017 American Psychological Foundation’s Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship

Monday, August 14, 2017
Kelly Whaling

Kelly Whaling is the recipient of the American Psychological Foundation’s 2017 Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship. Her project concerns redressing suicidality and stigma among Latina youth and does so from a social justice, strength-based perspective.

The American Psychological Foundation Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship supports graduate-level scholarly projects that use a psychological perspective to help understand and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. The scholarship helps address research that shows that stigma is a significant barrier to treatment and recovery for many of the 50 million Americans living with mental illness.

Whaling just completed her first year as a doctoral student earning a Ph.D. in Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. Whaling’s research interests broadly regard examining issues pertaining to Latin@ mental health from social justice frameworks, and specifically, access to mental health care and community outreach/interventions for Latin American immigrant youth who have experienced trauma, depression, and/or suicidality. She is working with Dr. Andrés Consoli on projects regarding: (1) alternative cultural paradigms in Latin@ psychology, (2) utilization of mental health services by Mexican/Mexican Americans with depression, and (3) analyzing the National Latino/a Psychological Association’s membership.

[Kelly Whaling is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]