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Associate dean honored with career award

Kristen B. Morales

October 16, 2018

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A College of Education faculty member will be honored this month with a lifetime achievement award from his peers.

The National Latina/o Psychological Association, a national organization of mental health researchers and practitioners that works to advance psychological knowledge to benefit Latinas/os, will give the 2018 NLPA Distinguished Professional Career Award to Edward Delgado-Romero. Delgado-Romero is associate dean for faculty and staff services in the University of Georgia College of Education and a professor in the department of counseling and human development services.

The award is given to a psychologist whose contributions have "advanced an agenda congruent with NLPA's mission," according to the organization's website. Candidates are eligible after 15 years have passed since earning a doctoral degree.

Delgado-Romero said his history with the organization makes the award even more meaningful.

"I was one of the founders of NLPA; the original National Hispanic Psychological Association was founded in the late 1970s and had lapsed into inactivity by the 1990s," he said. "So myself and a group of people decided to start the group up again. NLPA gave me my first award and elected me president. I have grown up with the organization and so for them to recognize me is such an honor."

The award will be presented during the organization's biennial conference Oct. 18-21 in California. This will be the eighth time the award has been given since 2004, as it and the conference take place in even-numbered years.

The Distinguished Professional Career Award is one more benchmark in Delgado-Romero's career in multicultural and Latina/o psychology. His research focuses on the development of Latina/o psychology and the connections made between ethnic minority psychology and other aspects of multicultural psychology. His work also connects future counseling psychologists with the community through several projects, such as a partnership with a local health clinic, a Spanish language clinic, and a multidisciplinary graduate research team, ¬°BIEN! Research.