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Counseling psychology professor honored as profession's 'elder'

Kristen B. Morales

October 25, 2016

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A College of Education professor was recently honored by one of the country's leading associations of mental health professionals focused on the Latina/o population.

The National Latina/o Psychological Association recognized Edward Delgado-Romero with the "Padrina/o Award," naming him one of the organization's elders. This recognition acknowledges the recipient's lifetime contribution to Latinas/os psychology as well as the organization. Delgado-Romero is a professor in the College's department of counseling and human development services.

He was one of four who received the award at the organization's recent conference in Orlando and, said conference chair Cristalis Capielo, it honors his successes within the organization as well as professionally.

"Ed in particular is one of the founding members of NLPA and has been a pivotal part of advancing NLPA's agenda and visibility," said Capielo (Ph.D. '16), an assistant professor in the department of counseling and counseling psychology at Arizona State University. She said when Delgado-Romero was president of the organization in 2010, the conference he organized allowed NLPA to launch its own peer-reviewed journal.

"Ed is also a padrón for many of our NLPA members, myself included," she added. ("Padrón" translates to "godparent" or "elder.") "Personally, I believe this award recognizes his commitment, passion and selflessness to mentor and support all Latina/o psychologists and psychologists-in-training."

Capielo received her own honor during the recent conference, the Outstanding Dissertation Award. Her dissertation, "A Bilinear Three-Dimensional Model of Acculturation for Central Florida Puerto Ricans," was part of her doctoral studies at UGA.

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