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April Highlander, a graduate student in Clinical Psychology, has received an honorable mention for the 2020-21 Bernadette Gray-Little Award for Diversity Enhancement in Psychological Research.

The purpose of the Bernadette Gray-Little Awards for Diversity Enhancement in Psychological Research is to encourage and honor students who make a contribution to the advancement of knowledge concerning issues that face diverse populations or that are of concern to diverse populations.

April received an honorable mention for her work examining the intersection of race and social class in our understanding of young children with behavior disorders. Her work has included the development of tools to better understand how parents socialize their young children regarding social class as well as how race and class shape processes linked to child behavior, such as emotion regulation and socialization, and the link between race and class and treatment process and outcomes. In addition to her research, April is engaged in a range of efforts on campus and beyond to engage and retain first generation and underrepresented students in graduate training. April was honored with the Bernadette Gray-Little Diversity in Research Honorable Mention at the Psychology and Neuroscience Departmental Awards Ceremony on May 5, 2021. Congratulations, April!

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