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Shaywanna Harris Is April Holmes Scholar of the Month

Congratulations to April Holmes Scholar of the Month Shaywanna Harris!

Harris is a second-year doctoral student in the Counselor Education program at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests are traumatic childhood experiences, brain development in children, resilience in families, and neurofeedback training in counseling.

Harris is known for working collegially and collaboratively with diverse individuals across different organizations. As supervisor of a community counseling and research clinic at her university, she has demonstrated a commitment to successfully advocating for and valuing diversity. She also works with minority children of alcoholics by conducting research and disseminating information to the public through manuscript publications.

The director of the clinic shared the following statement about her: “Shaywanna Harris is an ideal candidate for recognition as Holmes Scholar of the month. In addition to her excellent academic qualifications, she exhibits a strong work ethic, acceptance of others, and dedication to the counseling profession.”

Harris was a recipient of the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship, which encourages African Americans to earn Ph.D.s in historically underrepresented programs. Her current research projects include brain development in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and neurofeedback counseling to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans. She also is studying elementary students receiving counseling services at a Title I elementary school and has two manuscripts in review for related research.

If you would like to nominate a Holmes Scholar of the Month, contact me at whitney.watkins@ucf.edu.

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Whitney Watkins

Holmes Scholars Council President, 2015-2017