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Outstanding Alumni Awards
Each year the Wright State University Alumni Association coordinates the Outstanding Alumni Awards, allowing each college or school at the university to recognize former students who have gone on to make exceptional contributions to their professional fields while giving back to their communities.
Congratulations to the 2012 Outsanding Alumni for the School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Adia McClellan Winfrey.
2012: Adia McClellan Winfrey
Adia “Dr. Dia” Winfrey earned her Doctor of Psychology from Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology in 2008. As a first-year doctoral student, she recognized the utility of integrating elements of hip hop culture with psychology. Her dissertation, Healing Young People thru Empowerment (H.Y.P.E.): A Hip-Hop Therapy Program for Black Adolescent Males, was one of the first to positively showcase hip hop culture.
As a pre-doctoral intern, Winfrey piloted the H.Y.P.E. curriculum
for addressing emotional management, healthy relationships, and goal attainment through hip hop and psychological theories. She developed an accompanying curriculum workbook and wrote H.Y.P.E.: Healing Young People thru Empowerment, published by African-American Images in 2009.
H.Y.P.E. has been implemented with youth through the Wisconsin Department of Juvenile Corrections, the City of Kissimmee, Florida, Parks and Recreation Department, several counties throughout the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, and countless therapy offices, classrooms, and community centers around the country. Winfrey has trained thousands of professionals and speaks nationally about the positive power of hip hop.
Winfrey promotes the internationally renowned H.Y.P.E. curriculum through her company Elevating Us, LLC. Within the last year, she has been featured on NPR, in JET Magazine, and endorsed by nationally syndicated radio personalities Tom Joyner and Michael Baisden. In 2011, she founded The H.Y.P.E. Movement mentoring program for high school students in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
A graduate of Wilberforce University, Winfrey is currently developing the Let’s Get H.Y.P.E. Hip Hop Empowerment college course and completing her second book, The H.Y.P.E. Life Pyramid, Teen Edition.
2011: Kelly Ducheny
A licensed psychologist, Dr. Kelly Ducheny obtained her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) in 1993, with an emphasis in multicultural psychology and working with gay, lesbian, and bisexual clients. She returned to Wright State University after graduation as a Postdoctoral Fellow, teaching in the School of Professional Psychology and participating in the Center for Healthy Communities by introducing psychological services in a community-based health center. Kelly accepted a position at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology as Associate Director of Clinical Training in 1995 and was promoted to Department Chair of Clinical Psychology in 2000.
During the 13 years Kelly was at the Chicago School, she held leadership positions in state and national professional psychology organizations, chairing the 2007 National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP) Conference at which a major component of NCSPP's educational model was developed. She served as a member of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Commission on Accreditation (CoA), chaired the 2008 and 2007 Accreditation Assemblies of the CoA, served as Chair of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA) Sexual Orientation Section and Academic Section, and held the office of Vice-Chair of the GLB Committee for NCSPP. Kelly currently serves as the Chief Behavioral Health Officer at Howard Brown Health Center, 1 of 8 community health centers in the US specializing in serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV/AIDS impacted community. Among numerous clinical and research interests, she has focused on cultural competence and multi-cultural psychology; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues; assessment; interdisciplinary health care, professional development; gender roles and race in Disney animation; qualitative research; and immigrant and refugee mental health.
2010: Brad Klontz
Brad Klontz, Psy.D., graduated from Wright State University in 1999 with a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. He is the co-founder of Your Mental Wealth (TM). He is a clinical psychologist, addictions specialist, consultant, speaker, peak performance coach, researcher, author, and internationally recognized expert in financial psychology. Dr. Klontz was awarded the 2009 Innovative Practice Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association due to his application of psychological interventions to help people with money and wealth issues and his innovative practice in financial psychology for practitioners across the country. He is a former president of the Hawaii Psychological Association and serves as the president of Coastal Clinics, Inc., based in Hawaii, which provides psychological services to children and families through the Hawaii Department of Education and Department of Health.
Dr. Klontz is also a principal investigator and research associate for Northwest Media, Inc., which creates innovative social learning and educational products for at-risk youth, parent training, and service providers. Leveraging his expertise in working with parents and teens, H&R Block has partnered with Dr. Klontz to help teach teens financial fitness and prepare for life after high school in the Dollars & Sense personal finance in-school curriculum and online resource center. In addition to being an accomplished researcher in the psychology of money, with Dr. Ted Klontz he co-authored The Mind Over Money, Wired for Wealth, The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge, and Facilitating Financial Health. He’s also been featured on ABC News 20/20 and Good Morning America, and in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and hundreds of other national and international media outlets and professional magazines and journals, including his Mind Over Money blog for Psychology Today.
2009: Larina Kase
Larina Kase, M.B.A. ’02,Psy.D.’03, a professional public speaker and author, is the College Outstanding Alumni Award winner from the School of Professional Psychology.
She is a recognized expert in peak performance, anxiety and stress management, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
Dr. Kase has a doctorate in psychology and masters in business administration, and her unique approach is regularly seen in media such as Inc., Entrepreneur, SELF and on national TV and radio. She is the author or coauthor of 7 books including The New York Times bestseller, The Confident Speaker. She has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and executives from companies such as Verizon, Intel, Morgan Stanley, & Ernst & Young.
Based in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Kase has provided motivational keynotes and seminars for various organizations across North America. Meeting planners and audience members call her presentations "energizing", "inspirational", "useful and helpful", "humorous", and "enjoyable".
La Pearl Logan Winfrey, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for clinical training in the School of Professional Psychology, nominated Kase for the College Outstanding Alumni Award. Winfrey said Kase "was a fabulous student – good critical thinker, very organized. She could juggle multiple balls with ease".
2008: LaMaurice H. Gardner
2007: Janet Cummings
Janet L. Cummings, Psy.D. ‘92, president of the Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Foundation of Reno, Nevada, is the College Outstanding Alumni Winner from the School of Professional Psychology. Named for her parents, the Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Foundation is a nonprofit educational and research institute dedicated to excellence, innovation, and the importance of behavioral health services, especially as they pertain to integrating behavioral health with primary care. The foundation funds a number of internally generated research, educational, and demonstration projects.
Janet also has an independent psychology practice in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is the secretary/treasurer of the University Alliance for Behavioral Care, Inc., and is on the board of directors of the Cummings Foundations for Behavioral Health, Inc. She is an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and theForest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri. Cummings co-authored six books with her father and published numerous articles and book chapters on such topics as fetal alcohol syndrome, managing suicidal patients, holistic and alternative medicine, and treating substance abusers. She produced a teaching video. A Psychological Autopsy, used by Wright State’s School of Professional Psychology, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, and the Suicide Prevention Center, Inc., of Dayton.