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Asuncion Miteria Austria

PhD, Professor Emerita of Psychology


Asuncion Miteria Austria, PhD, Professor Emerita of Psychology, Founding Chair and Director of Clinical Training of the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology, received the 2014 Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award for Distinguished Service from The Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35) of the American Psychological Association at the APA Convention held in Washington, DC in August  2014. 

The Zalk award is “In recognition of her long and distinguished service to SPW, to APA, and to the profession.  Siony is one on the most dedicated, most respected, and longest-serving member of SPW’s Executive Committee.  She has chaired committees and task forces and represented SPW on APA Council.  She prefers to avoid the limelight and to focus her considerable energy on promoting other women’s careers.  She is a wonderful colleague, role model, mentor, and friend, and a strong and effective voice for feminism, equality, and social justice for all.”

Dr. Austria is a recipient of numerous awards, among which is the 2007 APA Presidential Citation “for her lifelong devotion to multiculturalism reflected in all her work in psychology. Through her tireless commitment to issues for women and ethnic minorities, Dr. Austria has advocated, without hesitation, on controversial issue to propel the diversity and social justice agenda within psychology as well as the community. Dr. Austria has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and knowledge of the Filipino experience in the United States.  She has dedicated her professional life to education, mentoring, and advocacy for social justice.  Through her teaching, numerous publications and presentations, she gives voice to those who have none”

In the same year Dr. Austria received the 2007 Distinguished Elder/Senior Psychologist Award from the American Psychological Association National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS).  She was recognized for “pioneering work and years of distinguished service that has laid the path for those who walk behind her.”

2006 Award for Distinguished Leadership for Women in Psychology. American Psychological Association Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP).  Recognized her for “outstanding contributions to education and training and to the delivery of psychological services to women through her teaching, writing, administrative leadership, mentoring, and guidance for their professional careers.   She has been a mentor and a role model for students and professionals in many capacities.”  

From Cardinal Stritch University, Dr. Austria received the Cardinal Stritch University
 2010 Distinguished Scholar Award for her scholarly activities which are at the forefront of her discipline.  She also received the 2007 The Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, recognized for model classroom teaching, campus leadership, pioneering teaching methodology, and creative course development and instructional support.”

The  2012 Asuncion Miteria Austria and John Robinson Distinguished Mentoring Award was created in the Society of the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race (APA Division 45)  in honor of Drs. Austria and Robinson for their distinguished contributions to the governance of the American Psychological Association and for their outstanding mentoring of ethnic minority psychologists into governance roles. The award is given annually during the American Psychological Annual Convention.

Dr. Austria is a Fellow of five APA divisions and is currently Chair of the Fellows Committee of the Society for the APA Psychology of Women and Chair of the Finance Committee as well as the Governance Committee for the APA Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (Division 45).

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