Recipients’ public service interests include juvenile justice advocacy, evidence-based mental health treatment and providing community health assessments for the underserved.
Walden University awards Presidential Scholarships to graduates of a Walden master's program who are enrolled in a Walden doctoral program. Successful applicants demonstrate a personal, continued commitment to public service and demonstrate how the doctorate will improve their professional effectiveness. This year, Walden named three recipients.
Recipient: Joseph V. Angarella
Program: PhD in Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
Title: Substance Abuse Counselor, Studio City, Calif.
Public Service Goal: Using evidence-based treatment to help substance abusers
How the Doctorate Will Improve My Professional Effectiveness: The clinical treatment of those with substance-related disorders has historically been based on tradition and long-held popular notions rather than on empirical evidence. Developing evidence-based practice requires that evidence be thoroughly and critically examined and that interventions be thoroughly tested for validity and reliability. The ability to conduct such examinations requires formal education and practical experience. Through the PhD program at Walden, I expect to gain both the education and experience necessary to meet these challenges. Upon completing the requirements for an advanced degree, I hope to engage in meaningful research efforts, to teach future psychologists, and to serve my community as a scholar and a practitioner.
Recipient: Brian Kelly
Program: PhD in Psychology (Counseling Psychology)
Title: Therapist, Berea, Ohio
Brian Kelly PhD in Psychology (Counseling Psychology) Therapist, Berea, Ohio
Public Service Goals: Working with young offenders in the juvenile justice system
How the Doctorate Will Improve My Professional Effectiveness: During my [ongoing] Walden practicum I have grown as a clinician in my ability to complete an efficacious behavioral assessment. I have a better ability to write reports, which was one of my weakest skills. I am now more capable of understanding reports and treatment recommendations at an advanced clinical level. I foresee myself staying with this population and becoming an advocate for the juvenile justice system, maintaining the focus on a continued treatment perspective. I believe this is the foundation for my life’s work. The doctoral degree from Walden University will allow this commitment to service to continue.
Recipient: Kelly Wheeler
Program: PhD in Public Health (Community Health Education and Promotion)
Title: Public Health Volunteer, Costa Rica
Kelly Wheeler PhD in Public Health (Community Health Education and Promotion) Public Health Volunteer, Costa Rica
Public Service Goal: Providing community health assessments to the underserved, internationally
How the Doctorate Will Improve My Professional Effectiveness: This scholarly pursuit will enhance my effectiveness to engage community members, establish successful health education programs, and take a proactive role in improving the health of the indigent. The degree will also increase the breadth and depth of my public health scholarship in preparation for future research endeavors. I would eventually like to work for a nongovernmental organization or privately funded organization that is actively involved in grass-roots community health intervention development.
For more information, see Walden's scholarships Web page.