Doctoral candidate wins Humanitarian Award

Alex Young, doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology, has won the Dr. Russel Adams and Sue Adams Humanitarian Award in Psychology for his work as a pre-Doctoral intern at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (OUHSC) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Young was cited for assisting transgendered veterans and those seeking support for newly diagnosed HIV infections. 

“It felt humbling to win the humanitarian award,” said Young, 29. “I have focused my clinical work on assisting those with complex medical conditions with a specific emphasis on those in the LGBT community. I was proud to have the community I enjoy working with highlighted by the award during its presentation.”

The award recognizes one outstanding intern and one outstanding resident from the OUHSC/OKC VA consortium training programs.

Young and seven other doctoral candidates are scheduled to be conferred with a PsyD in August.

“Alex is a consistently focused, determined and diligent student,” said Deborah Healy, PsyD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychology Department Chair. “He moved through the PsyD program with forethought and very strategic planning, allowing him to complete his dissertation quite early in the process. He has demonstrated academic excellence, a kind demeanor and mentorship toward other students, and a passion for the work of counseling psychology.” 