Congratulations to the

Emerging Leader in Counseling Psychology
Alberto Varela
Emerging Leader in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
April Yazzie
Emerging Leader in School Counseling
Jessica Otero
Outstanding Research Award
Brian Pace
Award for Teaching Excellence
Halley Brown
Social Justice Award
Carolina Corrales
Peer Mentoring Award
Alexandra Kelly

Zac ImelZac Imel is co-author of the second edition of The Great Psychotherapy Debate. The first edition presented a comprehensive empirical review of what was known about how psychotherapy works and is widely considered one of the most influential books on the science of psychotherapy in the past 2 decades. Read more...

Bill Jenson

Dr. Bill Jenson has the honor of  receiving the University of Utah’s Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award for 2014-15. These awards are “established to recognize University of Utah tenure-track faculty members… whose innovations have demonstrated impact beyond academia and have improved the lives of ordinary citizens.. both nationally and internationally.” This award comes with a cash prize and recognition at the U’s commencement ceremony, as well as a banquet in the recipients’ honor.

AJ MetzDr. AJ Metz, received a University of Utah Early Career Teaching Award. This is a prestigious award given by the University Teaching Committee to "outstanding young faculty members who have made significant contributions to teaching at the University of Utah."
Congratulations to AJ on this important award!


Bradley BloomfieldBradley Bloomfield, a doctoral student in the school psychology program, recently gave a presentation at the 2015 convention of the National Association of School Psychologists in Orlando, Florida. He presented on a meta-analysis of mindfulness-based interventions for youth and caregivers with Aaron Fischer, Ph.D (University of Utah), David Klingbeil, Ph. D (University of Wisconsin), and Jessica Willenbrink (University of Wisconsin). This presentation discussed the results of a meta-analysis that evaluated the evidence base of mindfulness-based interventions as well as the practices that are most likely to lead to success. It was a fantastic presentation, and we are lucky to have Bradley in our department.


sean cunningham

Dr. Sean Cunningham completed the School Psychology PhD program here at the University of Utah in 2012 with emphases in Autism, Neuropsychology and Early Childhood. Since completing the program, Dr. Cunningham has worked in several contexts including highly nationally ranked hospitals, schools, private practice, community mental health centers and residential facilities. Additionally, he has taught several college level classes, including those in developmental psychology and research methodology. Dr. Cunningham currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. We are extremely proud that he has accomplished so much after completion of the School Psychology PhD program.

AverillLynnette Averill, a 2013 graduate of the Counseling Psychology doctoral program, is completing a two-year Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD)-Clinical Neurosciences Division and Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry in Connecticut. She has just accepted a faculty appointment with Yale’s Department of Psychiatry and the NCPTSD and will be beginning this position in early May. Dr. Averill’s current work focuses on pharmaco-neuroimaging trials examining novel psychotherapeutic approaches to treatment-resistant PTSD and depression. She recently had an articles published by JAMA-Psychiatry. You can find the article here. We want to congratulate Lynnette on her research and success.
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