Faculty Earn Top Honors

Curry School faculty members continue to be recognized as leaders in their fields.

Natalia Palacios

Natalia Palacios, assistant professor, is the recipient of the 2017 Early Career Award from the Latino Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development.

Daphna Bassok

Daphna Bassok, associate professor and associate director of EdPolicyWorks, was 1 of 102 scientists & researchers awarded the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by President Obama, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Jay Hertel

Jay Hertel, Joe Gieck Professor in Sports Medicine, was awarded the "Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award" from the National Athletic Trainers' Association in June 2017.

Jason Downer

Associate Professor Jason Downer was recognized with the 2016 American Psychological Association Mid-Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Benefit Children, Youth, and Families. Downer serves both as the director for the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning and as the program director for the Clinical & School Psychology area of study.

Patrick Tolan

Professor Patrick Tolan was awarded 2016 Nicholas Hobbs Award from the American Psychological Association;s Society for Child and Family Practice and Policy, in recognition of his contributions at the intersection of research and improving child mental health practice. Tolan directs Youth-Nex, the UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development.

Paul Harris

Paul Harris, assistant professor of Counselor Education, has been elected to the American School Counselors Association Board of Directors.

Peter Sheras

Peter Sheras was appointed to the Virginia Board of Psychology by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Sheras, a professor in our Clinical & School Psychology program, serves as chair for Curry’s Department of Human Services.

Ben Castleman

Ben Castleman, assistant professor in the Curry School’s Education Policy program, was named one of the Sixteen Most Innovative People in Higher Ed by Washington Monthly. Castleman conducts research as part of the EdPolicyWorks faculty.

Sara Rimm-Kaufman

Sara Rimm-Kaufman has been awarded fellow status in the American Psychological Association "on the basis of evaluated evidence of outstanding contributions in the field of psychology."

Pam Tucker

Pam Tucker received the UCEA's 2016 Hanne Mawhinney Distinguished Service Award, recognizing her extraordinary commitment, excellence, leadership, productivity, generosity, and service to UCEA.



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