The HRSA Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Grant


Overview: The purpose of the project is to increase the number of students who are underrepresented minorities and from disadvantaged backgrounds who will graduate with a PhD in counseling psychology (CP) from New Mexico State University (NMSU) to provide integrative, primary care in medically underserved communities (MUCs). This goal will be obtained by providing financial support for disadvantaged and underrepresented minority students as they engage in coursework and practical experiences during their doctoral training in a MUC. These experiences will increase the likelihood that trainees will develop an interest in working with underserved and diverse populations in multidisciplinary settings during internship and beyond.  

Objectives:The APA-accredited, Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at New Mexico State University (NMSU) will: 

  1. Achieve a 60% enrollment rate of disadvantaged students within the NMSU Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology.  
  2. Achieve a 33% enrollment rate of underrepresented ethnic minority students within the NMSU Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology. 
  3. Achieve a 100% graduation rate of disadvantaged and underrepresented ethnic minority students within the NMSU Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology. 
  4. Achieve a 20% rate of NMSU Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology graduates working in primary care settings. 
  5. Achieve a 40% rate of NMSU Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology graduates working in medically underserved communities. 
  6. Provide didactic, team-based instruction and experiential training experiences in MUCs to 6 Counseling Psychology doctoral students per year with culturally-sensitive, integrated, interdisciplinary primary care with an emphasis on the prevention and treatment of OUDs. 
  7. Disperse SDS award money to 20 Counseling Psychology program Ph.D. students per year.  

This SDS HRSA grant will help to recruit and retain doctoral students in the APA accredited¬†Ph.D. Program in CP at¬†NMSU. Dr. Adams, the Project Director for this grant (having served in this role for 8 years previously), serves as the Training Director of the CP program and has coordinated recruitment and retention efforts and curriculum development for the program for 17 years.¬†Dr. Perez-Rojas, is the Admissions Coordinator for the CP program, teaches the ‚ÄúPsychology of Social Identities‚ÄĚ and researches cultural humility and other cultural aspects of psychotherapy.¬†The¬†NMSU¬†CP¬†program emphasizes diversity,¬†multiculturalism, and social justice in¬†serving those in¬†MUCs.¬†The Program has been recognized by the APA with the Richard¬†Suinn¬†Award for the Recruitment and Retention of Ethnic Minorities. The¬†CP¬†curriculum includes graduate minors in Spanish Counseling and Integrated Behavioral Healthcare. As part of the CP Program‚Äôs Graduate Psychology Education grant, the students¬†provide integrated care at a Family Medicine Residency clinic and an FQHC, which are primary care sites in Las Cruces.¬†Las¬†Cruces is located in Dona Ana County,¬†which has been designated a Mental Health HPSA.¬†Each year in May students may apply for the financial aid award. Eligible¬†students will receive funding on a semester basis through the NMSU Financial Aid Office.¬†

  1. Program Discipline:Graduate program in clinical psychology


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For information about this scholarship, please contact  Dr. Andre Perez-Rojas, the Coordinator of Doctoral Admissions.