Do you have an idea, project, event, initiative, or research that will impact the global world of psychology, but need funding to see it come to fruition? TCSPP is proud to kick start your efforts with resource funding.
How It Works
- Tell TCSPP about your idea, event, initiative or research that will impact the global world of psychology and why you need assistance from TCSPP to make it happen.
- A committee will review your Global Psychology Scholars & Start Ups proposal and award up to $3,000 based on creativity, feasibility, appropriate funding structures, application quality and potential to contribute to the psychology field.
- You will be awarded 50% of the funding the week of January 9, 2017 and to receive the remaining you will submit a deliverable by March 1, 2017.
- The funding will be awarded through your TCSPP student account and the award will first be applied to your outstanding balance. By applying for the full amount of federal financial aid up to your cost of attendance, your loans may be adjusted to make room for the scholarship in your cost of attendance budget. Please consult with Financial Aid (email@example.com or 1.800.684.2890, option 1) to determine if the scholarship will impact your funding.
To be eligible for Global Psychology Scholars you must:
- Not have previously received this scholarship
- Submit a completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org by the application deadline of October 1, 2016.
- Be a TCSPP full-time student in semester that scholarship is awarded.
- At the time of review, be in good academic and professional standing at TCSPP.
- If your project involves a research component, then you must include your IRB approval in your application
Meet Your 2015-2016 Global Psychology Scholars
Erin Langdo, M.A. International Psychology. Project Overview: The project is to
create a five- minute public awareness video addressing the plight of the
mentally ill as applied to incarceration rates and treatment. The video will
serve as an awareness campaign piece and is an introduction to a full-length
film addressing the global degradation, human rights violations, and
indiscriminate incarceration of the mentally ill. The main goal is to use video
and film to call attention to the need for intervention in this very serious
global mental health issue. In addition, the making of this film will be
helpful in learning the aspects of intervention that work within this moral
framework. The production of this educational video and film might assist in
changing or addressing the policymaking that contributes to the atrocities
inflicted on this population in the future.
Sharon Asonganyi, PhD International Psychology. Project Overview: The Threads of Our
Fabric (TOF) Project is an innovative life story venture that seeks
to empower and support the development of young African immigrant women and
girls in America, using multimedia to address the social, educational,
cultural, and environmental factors that affect their quality of life. Its goal is to weave a vibrant multimedia tapestry chronicling the personal story
threads of African women and girls’ immigrant experiences in America. This project utilizes
three platforms for personal oral stories: 1) an “African Girl Development in
the U.S.” Facebook page, Wordpress blog, and Twitter that engage a broad
audience on important topics for African women and girls in America; 2) YouTube
stories capture the personal and unique nature of adjusting to the American
experience as told by African immigrant women; and 3) Presentations in
partnership with multicultural organizations and colleges and universities
engage students in diversity conversations.
Jay Burke, PsyD MFT. Project Overview: The project is to create a premarital education program for couples who identify as Muslim. They recognized that there is a serious lack of premarital resources available for Muslim couples, and their goal is to create a premarital education program for Muslims that can then be distributed to and utilized by clinicians or individuals who work with Muslim couples. They are currently reviewing the literature and talking with individuals about the needs for premarital education in the Muslim community, and the intention is to develop this information into a formal premarital education program for Muslim couples.
Hope England, M.A. Counseling Psychology. Project Overview: This project is to provide children with acute, chronic, or terminal illness an opportunity to experience improvisational comedy as a therapeutic intervention. Humor For Hope, a soon to 501©3 non--‐profit, partners with families, caregivers, and medical staff to utilize humor as a form of healing therapy. The aim is to break down the pre-established barriers of how we process and react to illness by educating and implementing the art of improvisation through one-by-one and/or group therapy. At Humor for Hope, they believe that the human spirit is not only resilient, but that it is wired for human connection. For this reason, they have created an interactive encounter, one that enables an alternative and effective model to handling some of life's most challenging circumstances. Specifically, her idea is to implement this healing art form in children's hospitals for populations placed on isolation wards that are suffering from terminal and/or chronic illness and have little to no access to any form of engagement due to serious risk of infection. She has already began implementing this humor therapy in two hospitals and has received resounding feedback.
Cheryl Green, PhD International Psychology. Project Overview: This
project is to establish a global non-governmental organization (NGO) for
research and capacity-building training of civil society organizations (CSOs)
around the world, in full collaboration with civil society leaders within each
country. Her NGO is to be called The Global Research Center on Civil Society
Organizations. Her dissertation research is the first time that she is using
her research and professional experiences to study civil society in another
country (South Africa). My dissertation would lay the foundation for the type
of work and approach the start-up NGO research center would conduct as she
engages in work as an IP. She will legally set up her NGO and travel to South
Africa to continue collecting data collection for her dissertation research,
which, once finished, will be one example of the type of research my NGO would
and could do in association with CSOs/TSOs across the world.
Meet Your 2013-2014 Global Psychology Scholars
Leslie Ellis, PhD Somatic Psychology, Southern California Project Overview: I have developed a protocol for the treatment of PTSD-related nightmares using an experiential (focusing) approach that is showing some promise in the initial stages of my research. I am working with the Vancouver Association for the Survivors of Torture on a pilot study to determine the potential effect of this short-term treatment on participants' PTSD symptoms, such as the frequency and types of dreams they are having, and on their ability to think metaphorically. I plan to use a numerically-assisted phenomenological approach to analyze the data and to refine the protocol for further study. I plan to capture not only a range of possible effects of this new treatment for nightmares, but also a sense of the participants' experience with the process, with a spotlight on pivotal moments in the sessions that may be the catalyst for change.
Nidhi Trivedi, PsyD Clinical Psychology, Chicago Project Overview: Due to the meager resources available to individuals with a mental illness and wide-spread stigma regarding mental illnesses in India, the task of the primary caregivers of individuals with chronic mental illnesses is expected to be challenging, especially the ones who have decided to take care of their family member with a mental health illness. Through my research, I want the voices of the primary care givers of India who have closely seen the reality of mental illnesses to be heard and the truths about their lives and of that of mental illnesses to be exposed to everyone. In addition to that, individuals in India, who have had no exposure to mental illnesses, will be surveyed regarding their knowledge about mental illness, to get an impression of their understanding of this matter. Through this initiative, I will take the first step in bringing about a change in the prevailing mentality of people in India regarding mental illnesses, and I will get the satisfaction of having brought home what I learnt at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a place that celebrates diversity and gives an opportunity to students to create a global impact.
Jenifer White, PhD International Psychology, Online
Project Overview: Humanity is a part of culture and is not separate from it; culture is part of the soul. As the soul or culture in communities is oppressed, Bosnia-Herzegovina experienced wounding by ethnic division that need healing and reconciliation. The Balkans’ offer a complex history of culture, war, survival, and religion. In taking the healing path, the global community is in need of understanding a way toward liberation and fullness of life that promotes harmonious interactions with other’s different than oneself. As a research study, understanding intergenerational trauma among Bosnian young adults, who have experienced narratives of ethnic cleansing throughout childhood and adolescence, is important for future generations in hopes of leaving the world a better place in which to grow. The strength and endurance of the Balkan region reminds humanity in the face of atrocity, a human can survive siege and move toward healing that further will impact future generations in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Akanksha Dutt, PsyD Clinical Psychology, Chicago Project Overview: My education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has taught me to be present with others, and empathic to their struggles. I find that the urge to reach out, to contribute and to help people find strength in their fragility and societal limitations drives my therapeutic work. That being said, when I go back to my home country, India, I still find myself being asked about what I do, why I do it and how I do it. Being a Global Psychology Scholar entrusts me with the responsibility of working beyond the four walls of a therapy room and catering to society and the world at large. This is my way of giving back. Thus, as a Global Psychology Scholar my initiative will focus on providing outreach to students in schools (6th – 12th grade) across India. Through this outreach effort I aspire to normalize mental illness, validate the experience of those affected by it and motivate them to advocate for themselves and seek the services of a mental health clinician. I view the impact of this outreach effort as contributing to greater awareness about mental health and services and being reflective of my commitment to social justice, diversity and international psychology.
Amanda Grace Garoutte, PhD International Psychology, Chicago Project Overview: I am starting a nonprofit that focuses on peacebuilding in Rwanda through
mental health and development initiatives. The first project of this nonprofit
will focus on improving the quality of education, as research has shown school
attendance as a resiliency factor. This project will help support students by
helping pay school fees, and through training teachers to better work with
traumatized or struggling students, and to be more effective in teaching their
Jenna Hedglen, PsyD Clinical Psychology, Chicago Project Overview: The Rwandan people have demonstrated tremendous resilience in the wake of the 1994 genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi. The Children’s HOPE Club is an expressive arts intervention developed to cultivate resilience in Rwandan children who have experienced intergenerational trauma. However, community counterforces such as poverty and the culture of silence have threatened the efficacy and sustainability of programs such as the Children’s HOPE Club. My project will be focused on program development and sustainability of the Children's HOPE Club (CHC) through conducting focus groups with facilitators to assess the program needs, providing my individual support in terms of organization of expressive arts documents and written reports, and working with Dr. Masson to discuss the development of the NGO.
Priscilla Cheng, PsyD Clinical Psychology, Chicago Project Overview: As a global psychology scholar, I will establish a non-profit organization to facilitate distribution of trauma-informed resources and funding for the Children’s HOPE Club at St. Famille School in Kigali, Rwanda. The Children’s Hope Club is a trauma-informed after-school expressive arts program developed to cultivate strength and resiliency in Rwandan youth. It is a safe therapeutic space for children to express themselves and work through their experiences with the support of trained, concerned and caring teachers. Interventions that are utilized in the Children’s Hope Club include expressive arts activities such as storytelling, musical expression, poetry, artwork, comedic dramas, cognitive strengthening (i.e., memory games) and physical activation (i.e., dance, sports). The Children’s Hope Club at St. Famille has approximately 80 members between the ages of ten and 23 years. They meet every Wednesday after school for two to three hours, until the last child leaves.
Orlando Saiz, PhD Organizational Leadership, Southern California Project Overview: I am creating a business plan for an artistic/multicultural themed clothing and accessory line that will be focused on much more than making profits, but will have a mission to give. For each apparel (t-shirts, hats, hoodies, etc.) and accessory (bracelets and hand-made scarves) item sold, a donation will be made to support international charity causes. All imported/handmade items will be sourced ethically, while smaller manufacturers/makers will be given preference over larger conglomerates, helping to support small businesses and local economies.
Another part of the business will be to host local events, in the form of art and music shows, or private parties, where money can be raised for charity. My plans are to give a substantial amount of the proceeds from these events to Brazilian charity organizations. My company will use a simple and straightforward message: that we are a giving company and that a donation will be made to support international charities for every purchase made.