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Doctoral Student Wins National Award from American Counseling Association

Kelly Emelianchik, a doctoral candidate in counseling at Old Dominion University, was named the 2010 recipient of the Glen E. Hubele National Graduate Student Award from the American Counseling Association (ACA).

The award recognizes outstanding scholarship by an ACA student member. Initial funding for the award was donated by Cicely D. Hubele in honor of her son, Glen E. Hubele, who was a professor of educational psychology and guidance at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. The award includes an honorarium of $450.

"The ACA only gives out one per year, so this is a huge accomplishment that recognizes Kelly's scholarship and trajectory for a strong research agenda," said Danica Hays, ODU counseling graduate program director.

The title of Emelianchik's dissertation is "Initial Development and Validation of the Teen Screen for Dating Violence." This work originates from a thorough content analysis of available screening and assessment tools across public and mental health disciplines that Emelianchik published in 2009 in a top-tier counseling journal, Hays noted.

"Kelly saw a real need to appropriately assess dating violence to prevent and intervene in emotional, physical and sexual abuse," Hays added. "This dissertation will have real, practical value to practitioners everywhere."

Emelianchik, who is expected to graduate this spring, will be honored at the ACA Annual Conference & Exposition in Pittsburgh in March.

To be eligible for the Hubele award, nominees must:

• Be pursuing a graduate degree in counseling at any time during the period of Jan. 1, 2009, to Dec. 31, 2009.

• Be nearing completion of an accepted thesis, dissertation or original manuscript on issues related to the counseling profession.

• Include a two-page summary of the thesis, dissertation or original manuscript.

• Include a letter from the adviser of the thesis, dissertation or manuscript indicating the timeline for completion, quality of the research, status of project and degree of contribution to the counseling profession.

This article was posted on: February 2, 2010

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