Athens, Ga. – Alan Stewart, an associate professor of counseling psychology in the University of Georgia’s College of Education, has received the 2007 John Dussich Award from the American Society of Victimology.
Stewart was recognized for significant contributions to the field of victimology through his innovative research in the area of death notification.
The John Dussich Award is presented to victomologists or victim service practitioners who have devoted themselves to the field of victomology full-time for at least 10 years and achieved a high level of mastery in their career.
Stewart’s research interests include death notification following fatal vehicular crashes, death notification training, the psychological effects of surviving serious crashes and behavioral climatology. He has also studied family emotional processes and the ways in which language can be used to characterize one’s family of origin experiences or to construct healing narratives in the aftermath of a trauma.
Stewart joined the UGA faculty in 2002 from the University of Florida where he had been an assistant professor of psychology for five years. He received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from UGA in 1994 and completed his postdoctoral work in counseling and psychotherapy at HUB Counseling in Tucker, Ga. and at the University of Memphis.
Stewart received the award at the annual ASV Symposium in Baltimore in April.