William Q. Hua, a doctoral student in clinical health psychology and behavioral medicine, has been awarded the 2010 APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology.
Hua was selected by the APA's Board of Professional Affairs and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students to receive this year's award. He was honored with the award at the 2010 American Psychological Association Convention held Aug. 12-15.
The award is given each year to a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding practice and application of psychology. To qualify for the award, a student must demonstrate exemplary performance in working with an underserved population in an applied setting or show that he or she has developed an innovative method for delivering health services to an underserved population.
Hua is a fourth-year doctoral student in clinical health psychology and behavioral medicine. He is a senior researcher in the Department of Psychology's Center for Psychosocial Health Research and a project manager for the center's Project Forgive, which teaches forgiveness skills to men and women infected with HIV to help them to let go of grudges that they hold against others and society. In addition, Hua was a project manager for Growing Up Positive, the center's study of health-related behaviors, risky behaviors and overall physical and mental health of HIV-positive adolescents.
Last year, Hua joined other doctoral psychology students to form Minds for Guyana, an organization that will give UNT students a chance to go to Guyana, South America, at least once a year as members of a volunteer mental health team. Hua and the other students recently spent four weeks in Guyana, teaching staff members and caretakers at children's homes about behavioral modification strategies to improve the children's behavior. The students also worked closely with individual children who had mild to severe medical and mental health conditions, and Hua provided HIV/AIDS prevention education and sex education classes in churches, orphanages and schools in several communities.
Hua's other volunteer activities include mentoring an adolescent through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; serving as a cabin leader at the Make Promises Happen and Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camps in Guthrie, Okla.; taking donations during MDA telethons; and serving as the team captain for student teams at UNT's and Oklahoma State University's Relays for Life for the American Cancer Society.
At UNT, he was honored with the Merl E. Bonney Award for Outstanding Student in Psychology two years in a row. He is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Nancy Kolsti with UNT News Service can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.