JSU doctoral student becomes American Psychological Association fellow

Jackson State University clinical psychology doctoral candidate Reginald K. Riggins was recently awarded the Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services from the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program.

0The MFP is committed to increasing the number of ethnic minority professionals in the field and enhancing their understanding of the life experiences of ethnic minority communities. APA MFP Fellows receive much more than financial support; they join a community committed to their success. Fellows are mentored by leading ethnic minority psychologists and become part of a lifetime network of professional psychologists interested in ethnic minority behavioral health issues.

The MFP, which began in 1973, is a comprehensive training and career development program funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The program promotes psychological and behavioral outcomes of ethnic minority communities.

Riggins, a native of Chicago, is one of 15 fellows selected from a pool of 193 applicants.

Riggins received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from JSU in 2007. He received his Master’s in Public Health from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2009. He is currently in the process of completing his dissertation research while seeking a pre-doctoral internship placement for summer 2014.


Darrell Robinson, Jr.



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