A Message from the Department Chair...
Being a professor, much less the chairperson for one of the nation’s top Counseling Psychology Departments, was never in my sights as a girl from the northwest barrio of Albuquerque, New Mexico. While I wasn’t necessarily sure what was to be my life’s journey or career path, it was from my father’s bendiciones (blessings) and supportive consejos (advice) that I sought to imagine possibilities in the form of education.
It is from these early interactions that I credit my love of learning and desire to continuously to have an opportunity to be part of a community of learners.
My imaginings have in effect come to life as I have the opportunity to be co-learners and co-journeyers with innovative and creative members of the CP department. For example, CP students are increasingly taking teaching and leadership positions on campus as teaching assistants, lecturers, consultants, student mentors, advocates, and practicum counselors.
As a result, the opportunities to collaborate and interweave new and diverse ideas and approaches are realized through research and clinical practice. This is most evidenced with the range of faculty-student research teams that are actively publishing, winning awards for the work, and importantly advocating for underserved and historically underrepresented individuals, families, and communities.
Equally, the faculty have far-reaching influence at the local and national levels. For example, Dr. Bruce Wampold continues his work as the Director of the Research Institute at the Modum Bad Psychiatric Center in Norway while completing a sabbatical in Spain. Doctors Carmen Valdez, Parrish Paul, and Francisco Sanchez have taken on new APA leadership positions and helping to set policy and set guidelines for different communities in need.
In addition to their national influence, our faculty also have substantial role and influence locally as Dr. Mindi Thompson for the past year has provided leadership as the Educational & Psychological Training Center (EPTC) Director and Dr. Parrish Paul has served as the Director for the department’s CPTC. Likewise, Dr. Quintana continues his work with implementing the Diversity Dialogues campus-wide and Dr. Corissa Lotta works interdisciplinarily as she teachs through the School of Veterinary Science.
The department’s training directors, Dr. Takuya Minami and Dr. Bill Hoyt have worked tirelessly to re-formulate the training and practice curriculum for the respective programs, making important and needed changes to ensure our programs are state of the art. In particular, Dr. Hoyt also has successfully stewarded the department through a recent APA self-study and site visit for which we are awaiting a final response from APA. This year, Dr. Francisco Sanchez also joined the department. He is currently completing a one-year fellowship in which he is providing clinical services at C&CS and setting the framework for his research.
Overall, our department is vibrant and strong in all that we together imagine. I look forward to our continued collaborations as we create and imagine new possibilities through our research and practice.
Alberta M. Gloria
Professor and Chair
Department of Counseling Psychology