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Thursday, February 14, 2013


Former Counseling Student, Prof Share Best Paper Award

An Old Dominion graduate, Rebecca McBride-Cowan, and the chair of the university's Department of Counseling and Human Services in the Darden College of Education, Danica Hays, have won the Outstanding Journal Award (Best Paper for 2012) from the Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA) for their article, "Counselor Demographics, Ageist Attitudes, and Multicultural Counselor Counseling Competence Among Counselors and Counselor Trainees." It was published in the October 2012 issue of ADULTSPAN Journal, the journal of the AADA.

The award will be presented to them at the AADA breakfast at the American Counseling Association convention in Cincinnati next month.

ADULTSPAN Journal, published online and in print, comes out twice a year. It covers research, theory and practice in the field of adult development and aging on issues that affect people in young, middle and older adulthood.

The abstract of the article by McBride-Cowan and Hays states: "The purpose of this study was to understand the relationship among counselors' self-reported multicultural counseling competence and their attitudes of the geriatric population. A statistically significant negative correlation was found between participants' attitudes of the geriatric population and their self-reported multicultural counseling competence. Implications for training and practice are provided."

McBride-Cowan is an assistant professor of family and community medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She received a Ph.D. in counseling from ODU in 2010. Hays, an associate professor of counseling, has served on the Department of Counseling and Human Services faculty at ODU since 2006.

"Dr. McBride-Cowan is a great example of the high quality of our doctoral graduates in counseling and their contributions to the discipline. This award is also a wonderful testament to the work of Dr. Hays and her colleagues in counseling, who serve not only as mentors, but also as co-authors," said Darden College Dean Linda Irwin-DeVitis.

Radha Horton-Parker, an ODU associate professor of counseling and human services, serves a president of the AADA.



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