Corinna Klein and Gigi Sims win 2020-21 Susan A. Neufeldt Awards for Excellence in Clinical Supervision

Monday, July 12, 2021
Corinna Klein and Gigi Sims

Corinna Klein and Gigi Sims were given the 2020-2021 Susan A. Neufeldt Award for Excellence in Clinical Supervision for their service at the Hosford Counseling and Psychological Services Clinic at UC Santa Barbara. The award is named in honor of a previous director of the Hosford Clinic.

Klein is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Miya Barnett. She received her B.A. from UCSB in 2012.  During her Master's program at UCLA, Klein specialized in school social work, providing mental health services to culturally and socioeconomically diverse students in public, non-public, and continuation schools in the Los Angeles area. Following her time at UCLA, she worked as a medical social worker in an acute care hospital. Her work within various treatment settings exposed her to the unequal provision of community mental health services and to the many barriers clients face in pursuit of effective treatment. She hopes to work towards decreasing disparities in access to effective mental health treatment. Her research interests include the implementation and dissemination of mental health services and clinician attitudes towards evidence-based treatments

Sims is a 5th year doctoral candidate in clinical psychology within Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating's, Trauma & Adversity, Resilience & Prevention (TARP) Lab. Ginette received her BA in Anthropology at Williams College in 2013 and her MA in Counseling Psychology at UCSB in 2018. She has trained in various clinical capacities, including McLean Hospital, Koegel Autism Center, the Hosford Clinic, CALM, and UCSB CAPS. She is now one of the two clinic coordinators and student supervisors for the Hosford Training Clinic and a clinician and clinic coordinator for the Healing Space, a new treatment specialization program within the Hosford Training Clinic that serves the needs of Black/African-Americans impacted by systemic and interpersonal racism. Sims's research examines the sociopolitical and cultural factors that influence trauma symptomology in marginalized groups. Her dissertation focuses on the psychological impact of viewing media containing videos of police violence toward Black/African-American persons in Black/African-American populations. She is presently interning in the adult track of Columbia Irving Medical Center within New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

The Hosford Counseling & Psychological Services Clinic is a university-based community clinic that is designed to provide developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive, low-cost individual, couple, family, and group psychological treatment and testing/assessment services to people living within the central coast community. The Hosford Clinic serves as a training site for students in CCSP and as a clinical-research facility for the faculty and students of the CCSP Department. It also strives to provide educational, consultation, and training services to professional and paraprofessional clinicians and educators in the tri-counties.

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