Palo Alto University Professor Earns National Recognition

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Dr. Stanley Sue to Receive Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award in Atlanta this Weekend

Palo Alto University (PAU), a private, non-profit institution announced today professor Stanley Sue, Ph.D. has been named a 2011 recipient of the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award. The award recognizes fifteen distinguished professors from around the United States who have inspired their students to make a difference in their communities, granting each a cash award of $25,000. The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 7 at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga.

“As my mentor, Dr. Sue encouraged me to pursue ‘high impact’ research and professional activities,” says University of California at Davis psychology professor Nolan Zane, Ph.D. who nominated Dr. Sue for the award. “When I worked with him as a post-doctoral fellow, he graciously involved me in helping apply to the National Institute of Mental Health to establish the National Research Center on Asian American Mental Health (NRCAAMH). The advanced mental health research center that I currently direct builds upon a program of research on the mental health issues of Asian American populations that had been carried on since Dr. Sue established NRCAAMH in 1988.”

Dr. Sue’s research has been devoted to the study of the adjustment of, and delivery of mental health services to, culturally-diverse groups. He has received many awards in recognition of his research and mentoring, including the 2003 American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Applied Research Award and the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Psychological Association. Dr. Sue has also served as Science Editor for the U.S. Surgeon General’s Supplement “Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity.”

“We feel incredibly fortunate to have Stan at PAU, where he continues to inspire students on a daily basis,” said Allen Calvin, Ph.D., President of Palo Alto University.

Dr. Sue recently sponsored the formation of a PAU student organization, the Asian Pacific American Psychological Student Association (APASA). “In honor of his receiving the Beckman award, PAU has established the Palo Alto University Stanley Sue Award, to be given annually to the APASA member who makes the most significant contribution to the organization over the course of an academic year,” added Dr. Calvin. The first $500 cash award will be granted Spring 2012.

For more information on PAU, please visit For additional details about the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award, please visit the Wells Fargo Foundation website.

About Palo Alto University
Originally founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University (PAU) is a private, non-profit institution. PAU offers small class sizes with renowned faculty and impressive clinical training resources in seven degree programs. The programs range from Bachelor level to Ph.D., and include a consortium with Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for a clinical doctorate degree (Psy. D.) and a joint program with Golden Gate University for dual J.D./Ph.D. degrees. The University’s faculty is ranked among the top 25 schools and universities for research productivity out of the 166 American Psychological Association accredited clinical psychology Ph.D. programs. Through the University’s own Kurt and Barbara Gronowski Clinic, PAU offers its students the integration of research and hands-on clinical practice in culturally informed assessment and treatment of mental health. As a benefit to the larger community, the Clinic offers its services regardless of the client’s ability to pay. PAU also performs collaborative research and in-kind clinical services at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs facilities in San Francisco, Palo Alto and its National Center for PTSD in Menlo Park.


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