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College Roundup A selection of faculty, staff, student and alumni happenings

December 2019

Lorraine Reitzel, health professor and co-founder and co-director of the UH HEALTH Research Institute, has been named a fellow of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. This honor is for her “outstanding contributions to advancing research” and “leadership and service to the field.”

Kristen Erps, a doctoral student in the school psychology program, has been selected to serve on the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Advocacy Coordinating Team subcommittee for 2020-21. This network is composed of graduate students who advocate on behalf of the science of psychology.

November 2019

April Peters-Hawkins, interim chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, was awarded “Reviewer of the Year” for the top tier journal Educational Administration Quarterly at the University Council for Educational Administration conference in November. She served as the 2016-17 past president for the organization.

Stacia Carew, who earned an M.Ed. in administration and supervision in 2003, has been named the first principal of Rowe Middle School in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. The school is under construction and will open for the 2020-21 academic year. Carew has served as principal of Bleyl Middle School in the district since 2009.

Sheng Kuan Chung, an art education professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, received honorable mention for his painting titled “Urbanization” at the Texas Art Education Association conference in Galveston. His abstract painting was honored in the painting and drawing category.

La’Kisha Hawkins, a doctoral student in the curriculum and instruction – early childhood program, has earned a fellowship from 4.0 Schools, a New Orleans-based educational improvement organization. She’ll receive coaching and funding to train staff in low-income childcare centers on learning literacy skills through play. Hawkins is a second grade teacher at Ridgemont Elementary in Fort Bend ISD.   

Alexandra Slaughter, a doctoral student in the counseling psychology program, had a chapter accepted for publication in the Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. The chapter is “Criminality, interactions with law enforcement, and potential correlates of juvenile justice-involvement among youth with autism.” Sarah Mire, an associate professor in the school psychology program, was a co-author.