USD professor receives alumni award at UND Dr. Barbara Yutrzenka, professor of psychology and director of clinical training at The University of South Dakota, was recently awarded the University of North Dakota Outstanding Alumni Award. Yutrzenka was honored at the second annual Northern Lights Psychology Conference held at the University of North Dakota on Oct. 12. Yutrzenka's mentor and dissertation advisor, Dr. Jim Antes, presented the award.
The goal of the Northern Lights conference is to promote fellowship, professional contact, and research exchange among psychologists (teachers,
researchers, and practitioners) and students (high school, undergraduate, and graduate) living in the northern plains area of Manitoba, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This year's conference consisted of approximately eight presentations, 20 posters, and a keynote address by Dr. Patrick Deleon.
Yutrzenka is currently professor of psychology and director of clinical training at The University of South Dakota. She entered the University of North Dakota as a graduate student in 1975, having earned her bachelors degree at Wake Forest University. She completed her Ph.D. at UND in 1981 after her pre-doctoral internship at Baylor University College of Medicine. She has been at The University of South Dakota since 1984, and has been director of clinical training since 1989.
At USD she has risen to national as well as regional prominence. She serves on the board of directors of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology. She is site visit chair of the APA Committee on Accreditation, active in the state psychological association, and also serves on the South Dakota Mental Health Advisory Board.
The author of numerous conference presentations and publications, Yutrzenka has a special interest in diversity and is author of several grants to support diversity initiatives at USD. She is active as a consultant � a clinical consultant, research consultant, and administrative consultant and is a frequent invited speaker at USD and in the region. Yutrzenka was awarded the Belbas Larson Award at USD in 2000.