University of Central Arkansas psychology professor Femina Varghese has been named the recipient of the 2013 Division 18 Early Career Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the Division 18 Business Meeting at the 2013 American Psychological Association Annual Convention July 31 through August 4 in Hawaii.

"Colleagues nationally had mentioned to me nearly a year ago their desire to nominate me for this, yet it was a pleasant surprise when I heard that I had won. It is an honor when colleagues believe that your work deserves such national recognition," Varghese said. "This award recognizes not only my achievements, but also confirms that the University of Central Arkansas is a wonderful place to nurture emerging leaders in the field."

The Early Career Achievement Award is given to division members who have made outstanding contributions to public service through research, teaching, program development, and clinical practice. Recipients must be in the early stages of their career, roughly the first seven years of graduation.

The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world’s largest association of psychologists, with more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members. This year marks the 121st year of the annual convention.

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