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Psychology Doctoral Student Violeta Rodriguez Receives PEO Scholar Award!

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Congratulations to Violeta Rodriguez on her receipt of a P.E.O. Scholar Award! As recognition of her many research accomplishments, this award is given to women in doctoral programs in the US and Canada by the Philanthropic Educational Organization.

Violeta J. Rodriguez, a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology at University of Georgia, is one of 100 doctoral students out of 847 nominees in the U.S. and Canada selected to receive a $20,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was sponsored by Chapter BL of Gainesville, Georgia. Violeta is originally from Nicaragua, moved to the US at the age of nine with her family as an asylee, and grew up in Miami, Florida. Violeta is currently a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow (2018-2021), a prestigious fellowship managed by the National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering. Violeta’s research has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts (74; 19 first author), with several others under review. Broadly, her research at the University of Georgia has focused on the psychometrics of parenting and family constructs, with an emphasis on making parenting and family measures more representative of diverse families. Her research at the University of Georgia has been recognized by the Psychological Association Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) Student Achievement Award in Research, as well as the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship. Violeta’s dissertation will focus on revising and validating the Multidimensional Assessment of Parenting Scale in a racially and ethnically diverse national sample. After graduation, Violeta plans to continue this line of research in a university setting.

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