Graduate student wins counseling psychology research award

Author: Shannon Chapla


Errol Philip, a University of Notre Dame graduate student in the Department of Psychology’s counseling program, recently received the Student Research Award from the health section of the Society of Counseling Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association.

Philip, who was graduated from the University of Melbourne, Australia, was selected for the award from a national pool of candidates.He was recognized for a paper titled"Measurement Accuracy in Assessing Patients’ Quality of Life: To Weight or Not to Weight,"which compared different ways to assess patients’ well-being in order to determine the most accurate method.

This is the first time the award has been presented two years in a row to graduate students from the same university.The award last year was presented to Carolyn Heitzmann, also a graduate student in the Notre Dame psychology department’s counseling program.Her research suggested that theremight be an"optimal match"of the need for social support and its provision to enhance cancer patients’ well-being, and that support from others, such as family, friends or more formalized providers may not always be beneficial.

“I am very proud to be mentoring both Errol and Carrie,”said Thomas Merluzzi, professor of psychology.“They are industrious, dedicated students, who will make significant contributions to research aimed at improving the lives of those with cancer and cancer survivors.Also, I am pleased that the quality of research we are conducting here at Notre Dame in our Laboratory for Psycho-oncology Research is being recognized as outstanding by my colleagues around nation.”

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