David Zelaya receives Karen Lopp Memorial Scholarship

Posted On March 8, 2017
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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.