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Outstanding Achievement and Mentorship of Women Awards

  • 2020 Awardees

    Rising Star: Dr. Emily Graham, History

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    Dr. Emily Graham is an Associate Professor of History, specializing in the intersection of politics and religion in the Middle Ages. Her research has been published in international venues including the Journal of Medieval History and Franciscan Studies. Dr. Graham’s teaching incorporates her interests in modern views of the Middle Ages, religious and gender history.


    Outstanding Achievement: Dr. Tonya Hammer, Applied Health and Educational Psychology

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    Dr. Tonya R. Hammer is an Associate Professor of Counseling and Counseling Psychology.  Dr. Hammer is the director of OSU Tulsa’s Body Image and Disordered Eating Lab. Her research interests include the areas of body image and eating disorders, humiliation and language, relational cultural theory, and mentoring.  Dr. Hammer has written on issues impacting women both as clients and as professionals. She has served in numerous positions within the American Counseling Association (ACA) including serving as the 2016-2017 President of the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling.


    Inspiring Excellence: Dr. LaRicka Wingate, Psychology

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    Dr. LaRicka Wingate is a Professor of Psychology at Oklahoma State University. She has a strong history of training, research, and publications elucidating the vital areas of interpersonal suicide risk and protective factors, positive psychological approaches to suicidology, and ethnic minority mental health. Her approach to suicide has predominately addressed interpersonal causes and correlates of suicidal behavior, with the majority of her work contextually grounded in the Interpersonal Theory of Suicidal Behavior (ITS) and the key theory constructs of perceived burdensomeness (PB) and thwarted belongingness (TB). Dr. Wingate is particularly interested in those strengths thought to serve as protective factors for African Americans and other minority group members, including American Indians. She is dedicated to extending suicide research to a greater degree to the study of ethnic minority people. She has incorporated the study of specific risk and protective factors that may be particularly salient to ethnic minority suicide and mental health, including the impact of acculturation, racial microaggressions, historical loss, racial/ethnic discrimination, and intersectionality. Dr. Wingate’s students regularly win research and training awards, and four graduates of her lab have gone into academic positions and continued suicidology and minority-focused research.

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