2016 News

College of Education Students Recognized for Excellence at Florida Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference

(Tampa, Fla. Nov. 22, 2016) — Numerous University of South Florida (USF) College of Education graduate students were recognized earlier this month at the Florida Association of School Psychologist's (FASP) 43rd Annual Conference. FASP represents school psychologists who work in schools, universities and other educational and health settings throughout the state of Florida.

The following USF College of Education students were recognized:

Gary Yu Hin Lam – Thomas Oakland Research Grant

Mr. Gary Yu Hin Lam, an advanced doctoral student in the USF College of Education was awarded the 2016 FASP Thomas Oakland Research Grant. Lam will use this award to conduct research with young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) entering a post-school transition period. Specifically, he will examine self-determination across cultures to compare experiences between American and Chinese young adults. The outcomes of his work aim to promote better post-school transition and quality of life in students diagnosed with ASD.

Joy Huanhuan Wang – Faye Henderson Leadership Award

Joy Huanhuan Wang, a doctoral student in the College of Education, was awarded the 2016 FASP Faye Henderson Leadership Award for Minority Students. Wang joined the College of Education after earning her Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Macau (China). Wang's peers describe her as "a highly competent practitioner who leads by example." This award recognizes how Wang "inspires through excellence, backed by an unparalleled commitment to learning."

Katherine Wesley – Graduate Studies Award

Ms. Katherine Wesley, a College of Education doctoral student, was awarded the 2016 FASP Graduate Studies Award. Katherine is described by peers as "extremely bright, highly motivated, and an extraordinarily hard working doctoral student who has natural leadership skills." Her stated career goals are to work with youth and young adults living with chronic health conditions, and work through their families to promote positive outcomes. Wesley is particularly interested in issues related to chronic pain management and treatment adherence.

Emily Wingate – Graduate Studies Award, Entry Level

Ms. Emily Wingate, a graduate student in the College of Education, was awarded the 2016 FASP Graduate Studies Award at the Entry Level. Wingate moved from Virginia to pursue an Ed.S. Degree. In only her first year of graduate school, Wingate is an active participant in four research groups and has demonstrated excellent leadership and clinical skills during implementation of a class-wide positive psychology program.

About the USF College of Education:

The USF College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly NCATE), and is fully approved by the Florida Department of Education. The USF College of Education is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 100 programs in the nation, as well as in the top 20 for online graduate programs. The USF College of Education has more than 51,000 alumni who are making a difference in the lives of children each day.

Contact the USF College of Education:
Elizabeth Engasser
Director of Communications
USF College of Education
Phone: 813-974-8723

About the Florida Associate of School Psychologists (FASP)

The mission of FASP is to advocate for the mental health and educational development of Florida's children, youth, and families and to advance the profession of school psychology. Founded in 1957, the not-for-profit organization promotes School Psychology interests across the State of Florida to include representation to the National Council of School Psychologists. To learn more about FASP and/or to join, please visit the FASP website.