Athens, Ga. – Michael Jay Manalo, a University of Georgia graduate student in counseling psychology, has received the Joint American Psychological Association Ethics and Division 44 Student Travel Award.
Manalo, a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology in the College of Education’s department of counseling and human development services, received the award for his academic record, clinical work and research concerning ethnic minorities in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual psychology.
He was nominated for the award by Anneliese Singh, an assistant professor in counseling psychology.
Manalo also serves as a graduate assistant for counseling in the Division of Academic Enhancement, a nationally certified counselor and a certified school counselor in Georgia. His research interests include Asian-American psychology and Hmong-American students while his clinical interests and professional experiences include school counseling, LGBT issues and Safe Space training from the LGBT Resource Center at UGA.
Manalo earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina in 2001. After working in information technology, he decided to return to school to pursue a field that enables him to work more closely with people. He received his master’s degree in school counseling from UGA in 2007.
The Joint APA Ethics and Division 44 Student Travel Award assists students with the cost of attending the National Multicultural Conference and Summit each year. This year, the conference will be in New Orleans, La., and the award will cover all expenses.