Dawn Graham, a Purdue University Ph D candidate in Counseling Psychology, has won the Harold Josephson Award of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA).
Graham won the award for her study titled “Competence, Problem Solving and Travel: A Developmental Approach”. Her research, done under the direction of Kevin Kelly Ph D, head of Purdue’s department of Counseling Psychology, is a two-year longitudinal study regarding learning by American study abroad participants.
She presented the first stage of her study at the international conference of NAFSA: The Association of International Educators in Montreal in May 2006, and will present the second stage at the May 2007 NAFSA conference in Minneapolis.
Ms. Graham earned a BA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Evansville and an MA in Applied Behavioral Science: Counseling from Valparaiso University. She has over ten years of related work experience in schools, hospitals, and community mental health facilities. As a student, she took part in a study abroad program in the United Kingdom and has visited over twenty other countries.
Her cross-disciplinary research aims to use current psychological research and practice to study how the field of international education is meeting its goals. She hopes that her work will help to make cross-cultural psychological research more common.
The Josephson Award is given each year to recognize emerging leaders in the field of international education through students’ graduate study and research, especially research in the field of international education. It includes a $1,000 travel grant to attend the annual Washington DC conference of AIEA and an invitation to present research at the conference. The award was established to honor the memory of Dr. Harold Josephson, a long-time leader in AIEA and Associate Vice Chancellor of International Programs at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
This is not the only award for international education that has come to Purdue in recent months. Purdue was one of five universities awarded the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization in 2006.
The AIEA, formed in 1982, is composed of institutional leaders engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education.
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