Dr. Gargi Roysircar-Sodowsky has been selected as a recipient of the American Psychological Foundation’s 2015 Division 17 Counseling Psychology Grant. The award will be publicized in the APA Monitor on Psychology, and in APF’s newsletter. The APF grant is for Dr, Roysircar’s project to develop and implement an innovative model for conducting psychological assessments and providing resilience counseling to Palestinian children who experience the trauma of war, thus significantly expanding counselors’ ability to serve this vulnerable child population.
“This grant from APF’s Division of Counseling Psychology recognizes the significance of Dr. Roysircar’s contributions to resilience in the aftermath of trauma,” said Dr. George Tremblay, chair of the Department of Clinical Psychology. “She and her students began this work through service trips in the wake of natural disasters, to Indonesia, Haiti, and the Gulf Coast of the U.S. More recently, they have expanded their efforts to include trauma of more human origins, first in South Africa, and now in the eastern Mediterranean. We in the Dept. of Clinical Psychology have long admired Dr. Roysircar’s compassion and commitment to traumatized populations, and we’re delighted to see this additional support for her work.”
According to the Foundations’s website, “these grants support not-for-profit activities to enhance the science and practice of counseling psychology. In particular, it aims to support research on the implementation of innovative counseling programs and models.”