Hector Chaidez Ruacho, a first-year doctoral student at SHS, has been selected as a Doctoral Fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Interdisciplinary Minority Fellowship Program for the 2024-2025 academic year. This fellowship program supports the training of exceptional graduate students across six disciplines (psychology, nursing, social work, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, and substance use and addictions counseling) who are committed to careers that address the mental and behavioral health service needs of minoritized groups.

“As a young scholar passionate about enhancing systems to better serve Latine, Spanish-speaking, and Immigrant families, the APA’s Interdisciplinary Minority Fellowship Program presents a valuable opportunity for learning and belonging,” said Ruacho. “At the heart of this fellowship’s mission is the goal of creating a better mental health system that can deliver quality mental health care for all.”

For a doctoral fellow, IMFP fellows are provided a stipend of up to $23,000 for up to two years. Reappointment is contingent upon both the satisfactory progress of the fellow at his/her institution and IMFP’s continued support from its federal funding agency. Beyond the allotted years of stipend support, fellows are encouraged to maintain a career-long relationship with the IMFP for professional development, guidance, and association.

More about the fellowship can be found on their website.