Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia counseling professor Anneliese Singh has received the 2009 Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development Kitty Cole Human Rights Award.
Singh, an assistant professor in the College of Education’s department of counseling and human development services, was honored for her extensive work with a variety of human rights topics including working to end child sexual abuse in South Asian communities, assisting and training counselors on dealing with transgender clients and working to reduce school aggression in early adolescents.
“Kitty Cole was an incredible scholar and activist in the counseling field, so I feel inspired to live up to her model of being an advocate,” Singh said. “I think that as counselors and psychologists, we cannot just sit back and witness the ways people hurt as a result of violence and oppression- we must act to intervene and end violence in our communities. I feel fortunate that I work in a program (counseling and student personnel services doctoral program) at the University of Georgia that values this type of intervention and advocacy in pre-kindergarten through university settings.”
Singh researches multicultural counseling and social justice; qualitative methodology with historically marginalized groups; feminist theory and practice; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender counseling; Asian-American counseling and psychology issues; and empowerment interventions with trauma survivors.
In 2008, she received the ‘Ohana Award from Counselors for Social Justice for her work affirming social justice and diversity. In 2007, she received the Ramesh and Vijaya Bakshi Community Change Award for her outstanding leadership and social activism in metro Atlanta’s South Asian community. Singh joined the UGA faculty in 2007. She earned her Ph.D. from Georgia State University.