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NCSPP Honors Dr. Moore 
 with Diversity Award 02.09.17
NCSPP Honors Dr. Moore
with Diversity Award

Through its Women’s Issues Committee (WIC), The National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) recently honored Nataka Moore, Psy.D., with is 2017 Diversity Award. In addition to a formal citation of excellence, a $1,500 honorarium is attached to the award.

Presented during the NCSPP’s mid-winter Conference in Long Beach, California, by WIC chairperson Megan O’Banion, Psy.D., Dr. Moore was one among three other honorees, who were honored for their significant contributions in the areas of racial/ethnic diversity issues.

Nominees of WIC’s Diversity Award demonstrate a special commitment to fostering a leadership pipeline for women in the profession of psychology, and a particular commitment to intersectionality across women’s issues.

Dr. Moore, a core faculty member of Adler University’s doctorate in clinical psychology program, is in addition a co-founder of Women at Adler, a forum for female-identified staff and faculty, and she is faculty advisor for the Adler Black Student Association. Collaborating with students in the Association, Dr. Moore recently created the research initiative Black at Adler to highlight diverse experiences and ongoing struggles—necessary even within an institution that strives to continuously support diversity and inclusion.

“It’s tempting to see Dr. Moore’s impact on professional psychology and social justice only through her impressive publications, or her political activism, or the brilliant work she does in the classroom,” said Wendy Paszkiewicz, Psy.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs. “But it’s the breadth of her commitments across not only our university and the city of Chicago, but in the world that must be taken into account—her advocacy of women’s health and education, her international appeals for women’s rights.” 

Last year, in partnership with the University of Havana, Dr. Moore helped organize a delegation to visit Cuba, and hosted a conference addressing issues of violence and intersectionality.

“And the fullest picture comes into focus when we recognize the successful careers she’s shepherding for her students,” continued Dr. Paszkiewicz. “These graduates will follow after her in making the world a more just society. She’s training a generation of mental health professionals focused on making communities safer, on healing divisions, and she’s doing this through sensitive mentoring and exceptional professional guidance, especially for African American women at Adler.”

Dr. Paszkiewicz, along with Cristina Cox, Ph.D., Monique Jimenez, Psy.D., and Eunice Kim, Psy.D., drafted the University’s nomination letter.

“We were extremely impressed by Dr. Moore’s commitment to diversity and women’s issues in and through the field of psychology, which was illustrated in her academic, research, community- and globally-based work,” stated Dr. O’Banion in her comments on the Committee’s selection. “We were amazed by the weight, scope, and magnitude of her efforts. Her contributions to the mentorship and development of both students and professionals from marginalized populations were remarkable.”

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.