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Padilla earns American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award

November 10, 2013

UW-Madison student Brian Padilla is receiving a prestigious 2013 American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award for his work that examines the psychological distress felt by Guatemalan immigrants deported from the United States.

Padilla is a graduate student with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology.

The APA Dissertation Research Awards are made annually by the APA Science Directorate to promising graduate students to assist with the costs of their dissertation research.

Padilla’s work focuses on the relationship between deportation-imposed family separation and psychological distress. The study is mixed methods. The purpose of the quantitative component is to gather information on the general relationship between deportation, family separation and psychological distress. The purpose of the qualitative component is to compliment this general picture by shedding light on participants’ personal experiences being separated from important family members as a result of having been deported.

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