David Zelaya receives Karen Lopp Memorial Scholarship
Counseling Psychology PhD student David Zelaya has been awarded The Karen Lopp Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Karen Lopp, a PhD student in the School Psychology program at Georgia State University. Karen was committed to multi-cultural issues. She was committed to issues impacting the LGBT community and African-American girls. Her life and work stand as a model for those who are in the helping professions. Through the provision of this scholarship, her crusading spirit and efforts continue to live on.
One $500 scholarship is awarded each year to either a master or doctorate level student. Applicants should be a current student in the CPS department with a history of advocating for multicultural issues.
David Zelaya’s doctoral research examines minority stress and the intersection of multiple, marginalized identities. He puts a particular emphasis on the experiences of sexual and ethnic/racial minority individuals. In the IamPride research lab, David conducts research through lens of diversity and intersecting identities. In the HAPPI Lab, he has researched positive-psychology, strength-focused approaches and how spirituality intersects with other identities in counseling and other relationships. In addition, David is as a 2016 American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellow.