Provost Awards presented to psychology faculty and students

Posted by Daniel Pimentel

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Every year the University Graduate School celebrates FIU’s outstanding graduate students and faculty with the Provost Awards. Held on April 10, this year’s recognition reception – part of the annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week – recognized four graduate students and two faculty members with awards ranging from student mentorship and engagement to outstanding creative papers or projects.

Meet the 2015 Provost Award recipients:


Outstanding Graduate Program Director

Leslie Frazier, Graduate Program Director, Department of Psychology

Leslie Frazier is the director of Graduate Programs for the Psychology Department, where a climate of collaboration has empowered students and faculty to work toward a shared purpose.

Frazier’s stewardship has contributed to many recent milestones, including the launch of the Cognitive Neuroscience Doctoral Training Program. The new training program, which will facilitate cutting-edge research and see its first cohort next Fall, is attracting top students from all over the world.

Frazier hopes to continue to raise the visibility and caliber of the doctoral training programs, nationally and internationally.

She also hopes to create more professional development opportunities for students so they can enter the job market with an advantage and become the next generation of scholars in the field of psychology.


Graduate Student Outstanding Paper or Project

Sarah Helseth, Ph.D. student, psychology

Sarah Helseth’s article “Effects of Behavioral and Pharmacological Therapies on Peer Reinforcement of Deviancy in Children with ADHD-Only, ADHD and Conduct Problems, and Controls,” published in 2014 in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, compared the unique and combined effects of evidence-based treatments for ADHD-stimulant medication and behavior modification on children’s rates of reinforcement for deviant peer behavior.

Overall, Helseth hopes her research will help improve social problem solving among disadvantaged kids from low-income neighborhoods. More specifically, her research aims to find ways to activate children as agents of change for other children.

Regarding her research Helseth says, “If we can find ways to activate an existing ‘workforce’ of kids and have them learn how to learn from each other in a positive and more structured way, it can open a lot of doors for kids who otherwise wouldn’t get services.”