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$25,000 award for professors who inspired former students to make a significant difference in their communities

ATLANTA, GA – January 22, 2020 – Since 2010, the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust has awarded $2.5 million to 104 professors from throughout the United States; each nominated by a former student or students. The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award honors current or former academic faculty who, as teachers, inspired a student to establish an organization which demonstrated a significant benefit on a community at large or inspired a student to establish a concept, procedure, or movement of comparable benefit to a community. Every Beckman Award winner receive a one-time cash award of $25,000 and recognition during an award ceremony in Fall 2020 in Atlanta, GA. Nominations are made by a former student(s) as a means to honor the academic faculty member who inspired that student’s work. Preference is given to educators who teach or who taught in the fields of psychology, medicine, or law.

The nomination deadline for 2020 is April 30. For more information or to submit a 2020 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award nomination visit:

Administered by the Philanthropic Services group at Wells Fargo Private Bank, the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust was established in 2008 under the Will of Gail McKnight Beckman. Beckman created the award in memory of her mother, Dr. Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman, an educator, a renowned author, and a pioneer in the field of Psychology. Dr. Beckman was one of the first female Psychology professors at Columbia University and also taught at the University of Pennsylvania. She authored nine books and textbooks about child and adolescent Psychology and was a champion of gender equality and advocate for the advancement of women in academia.

Members of the 2020 Beckman Award selection committee are Melissa Begg, ScD, Columbia University, Dean of the Columbia School of Social Work; Nadine Kaslow, PhD, professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Emory University who serves on the committee representing the American Psychological Association; Phyllis Silverstein, CFP®, CAP®, Senior Vice President and Senior Regional Fiduciary Manager of Philanthropic Services at The Private Bank at Wells Fargo, and a representative of Bryn Mawr College.

In 2019, 10 professors received the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award and recognition:

Cheryl Bodiford McNeil, PhD, West Virginia University
Dr. Bodiford McNeil’s former student and nominator Dr. Laura Capage founded the Monogalia County Child Advocacy
Center (MCCAC) in Morgantown, WV in 2005. MCCAC is a center for victims of sexual abuse and children who have
experienced violence, and their families. MCCAC coordinates the work of child protection staff, law enforcement
professionals, family advocates, medical experts, and mental health clinicians in one location. About her mentor, Dr.
Capage said, “The foundation of my clinical skills was built through my early education experiences with Dr. McNeil.
She taught me every parent and family has value and to believe in the power of love and how it can help families

Donald Eulert PhD, California School of Professional Psychology
Dr. Eulert’s former student and nominator Dr. Melis Alkin established the Mental Health Programs for Asylum Seekers
& Refugees, the first and only independent mental health program for asylum seekers and refugees living in Turkey.
The program provides clinical assessment, diagnoses, and psychological affidavits for asylum seekers and refugees,
torture survivors, children, adolescents, adults, and families. About her mentor, Dr. Alkin said, “Dr. Eulert emphasized
psychologists’ moral agency and community involvement, inspiring many of us in making enduring changes. Because
Dr. Eulert taught us to think big and through an interdisciplinary lens, I was driven to serve an international
community and serve as an agent of change.”

Colleen T. Fogarty, MD, MSc, FAAFP, University of Rochester
Dr. Fogarty inspired her former student and nominator Dr. Holly Ann Russell to establish a concept in the treatment of
Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) that teaches buprenorphine waiver training and treatment of OUD as an integral part of
family medicine physician and nurse practitioner residency training at the University of Rochester. About her mentor,
Dr. Russell said, “Working with Dr. Fogarty challenged me to be a better scholar, educator, and person. Dr. Fogarty is
a model of female leadership in medicine.”

Lucy Guerra, MD, MPH, University of South Florida
Dr. Guerra inspired her former student and nominator Dr. Samuel Crane and a group of USF medical students to
establish BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic in 2007. Located in Tampa, FL, BRIDGE is one of the nation’s first student-run,
multi-specialty free clinics. The clinic serves more than 1,000 patients annually through a partnership with USF
Health’s College of Public Health, College of Pharmacy, College of Behavioral Sciences, and hundreds of student
volunteers. About his mentor, Dr. Crane said, “Dr. Guerra provided encouragement and advice, and volunteered her
time as medical director. Now that I’m out of medical school for a decade, I can fully appreciate the level of
responsibility Dr. Guerra took on despite being a new faculty member and in addition to her other professional and
personal commitments.”

Gregory Mantsios, PhD, William Paterson University
Dr. Mantsios’ former student and nominator Dr. Sandford Shevack was inspired to establish the Juvenile Education
and Awareness Project (JEAP). Founded in 1982, this public charity in Passaic, NJ, has purchased and renovated
vacant buildings, converting these buildings to affordable housing, a community center, and a preschool facility,
among other work. About his mentor, Dr. Shevack said, “It was not until I met Dr. Mantsios during my final year of
college I learned how academic concepts could be used to impact and empower people. Dr. Mantsios’ academic
knowledge, critical analysis, respect for students, safe-space classroom, and his real life activism was my inspiration
to work for social change.”

Michael W. Otto, PhD, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Otto’s former student and nominator Dr. Steven Safren was inspired to develop Life-Steps, an adherence
intervention program to identify and overcome structural and psychological barriers to adherence to improve
adherence to HIV treatment. Since the 1997 pilot study, Dr. Safren has modified and culturally adapted Life-Steps to
the South African context. About his mentor, Dr. Safren said, “Along with his contribution to helping shape the Life-
Steps program, Dr. Otto made sure I would take full credit as leader of the work, first author on the publications. This
allowed both my career to launch, as well as this successful program to be implemented across the globe.”

Guy Seymour, PhD, Boston University
Dr. Seymour’s former student and nominator Dr. Omowale Amuleru-Marshall established the Caribbean Alliance of
National Psychological Associations (CANPA), regional network of national organizations and groupings of
psychologists throughout the broader Caribbean. Organized to advance psychological knowledge, research, skills, and
practice in the service of Caribbean well-being and development, CANPA also addresses the professional interests of
psychological practitioners, academics, and researchers. About her mentor, Dr. Amuleru-Marshall said, “Dr. Seymour
taught me to see, respect, incorporate, and employ appropriate responses to different peoples’ lived historicultural
experiences. While I have had many opportunities to draw on my mentor Dr. Seymour’s example over the past 40
years, it’s my role in the development CANPA that offers the best synthesis of these themes.”

James M. Spears, MD, Columbia University
Dr. Spears’ inspired his former student Dr. Dane Saksa and a team of Columbia University students and faculty to
establish Q Clinic. Founded in 2015, Q Clinic provides STI prevention/treatment, acute walk-in care, management of
chronic conditions, and more medical services to the LGBTQI community across New York City. About his mentor, Dr.
Saksa said, “Dr. Spears stood by our student team as the quiet rock we all relied upon. Dr. Spears supported me in
the proudest accomplishment of my life in the founding of Q Clinic. He is deeply committed to nurturing a next
generation of doctors filled with empathy who will realize their full potential as clinicians, leaders, and servants of the

Scott Stanley, PhD, University of Denver
Dr. Stanley’s former student and nominator Dr. Galena Rhoades founded MotherWise Colorado, a metro Denver public
charity dedicated to reducing the risks of stress, relationship problems, and family instability during pregnancy to a
population living 200 percent the poverty level. Dr. Rhoades uses an evidence-based curriculum focused on models of
health, safe relationships, and relationship improvement developed with Dr. Stanley and another colleague while Dr.
Rhoades was a graduate student at the University of Denver. About her mentor, Dr. Rhoades said, “Dr. Stanley is a
leader who empowers his students to recognize and capitalize on their own strengths. His mentorship and deep caring
for the welfare of families inspired me to start MotherWise.”

Bernard Weiner, PhD, University of California
Dr. Weiner’s former student and nominator is Dr. Steven Lopez. Dr. Lopez directs the Latino Mental Health Research
Training, working to reduce mental health disparities in Latino communities in the United States and Mexico. He and
his colleagues developed this Spanish language public education program to help relatives identify the key signs of
psychosis in their loved ones and to seek early treatment. In another line of research, Dr. Lopez and his research
team developed a model of cultural competence to give clinicians an understanding what’s at stake in their client’s
local social world. About his mentor, Dr. Lopez said, “Dr. Weiner provided an intellectual home to young scholars
committed to the study of diversity and gave us the tools to have a longstanding impact on the science of gender,
race, culture, and ethnicity in psychology.”

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