USD grad student receives prestigious NIH fellowship

USD grad student receives prestigious NIH fellowship Raluca Gaher, a University of South Dakota graduate student, is a recent�of a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study expectancies and evaluations of alcohol problems.

This prestigious two-year fellowship provides an annual stipend, tuition remission, and support for Gaher's dissertation research.

"Receipt of the NRSA fellowship recognizes Ms. Gaher's outstanding scholarship and research activities as a clinical psychology doctoral student," said professor Barbara Yutrzenka, director of the university's clinical psychology training program. "This award is well deserved and honors not only Gaher's achievements, but also honors our program and department."

Gaher attributes her enthusiasm for research and her success in obtaining this fellowship award in large part to her collaboration with her research mentor and doctoral advisor, Jeffrey Simons, assistant professor of psychology at USD. Simons and Gaher have co-authored a number of publications and professional presentations in the three years they have worked together.�

Gaher received her bachelor of arts in psychology and master of arts in counseling from South Dakota State University in 1999 and 2002, respectively, and her master of arts in psychology from USD in 2004. She will complete her doctoral requirements in 2007.

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