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Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu, Ed.D., NCC, NCCC, NCSC, LPCC
Director of Research
Professor of Counselor Education and Supervision
210 Lindsey Wilson College
Columbia, KY 42728
Office: (270) 384- 8583
Cell: (502) 931-2158

The newly hired Director of Research, Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu,
is launching this new website for the Center for Excellence in
. This website will serve as an intellectual hub for all
the faculty members, students, and administrators at Lindsey
Wilson College, alumni, and members from the local community.
This center will also provide an important opportunity for invited
scholars to discuss, debate, and examine crucial
educational issues that are relevant to all educational programs
in general but the doctoral program in particular.

This Center for Excellence in Research (CER) will also provide much needed information to train interested faculty and students in how to conduct research and use statistical programs, including developed technological packages which have great relevance to current educational research and scholarship.

Continuing education activities and faculty development workshops will be conducted on a continuing basis through this research center. Faculty and doctoral students will participate in research discussions on the last Friday of each month and share results of their research studies with their colleagues and peers
on this website under a column called, Monthly Research Highlights.

To educate the citizens of the community, several subjects of relevance to them will be discussed by the panelists on the radio or television. The Center for Excellence in Research will serve as the clearinghouse for needed information on several topics such as domestic violence, substance abuse, poverty, career choices, stress, mental depression etc.

Presently, several continuing efforts are being made through individual and group meetings and  through faculty retreats to encourage research, scholarship and creative activities at Lindsey Wilson College. A formation of new culture focused on teaching, research, and community service is in progress at Lindsey. A group of  dedicated faculty members called Lindsey Star Scholars  has already started working on its joint research project for this year, Appalachian Americans: Issues and Concerns for Counseling and Psychotherapy.

The Center for Excellence in Research is intended to provide essential support, guidance, and encouragement to promote and enhance research and creative activities of both the students and the faculty of Lindsey Wilson College. My slogan for this website is very simple:

Research matters at Lindsey Wilson College. Strong teaching is not possible without strong research! Let's promote research!

                                                                    Daya Singh Sandhu- Director of Research


Kentucky Counseling Association Annual Awards
(Announcement) By Tammy Hurst

RE:  Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu Research and Innovations in Counseling Award

The Kentucky Counseling Association was pleased to announce a new award for 2015 on July 15, 2015.  The award is named in honor of Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu, who has been recognized nationally and internationally for his extensive and outstanding research, scholarship, and creative activities throughout his distinguished career. Dr. Sandhu, formerly a Professor at the University of Louisville is currently the Director of Research and Professor in the School of Professional Counseling at Lindsey Wilson College.
This award is designed to recognize and honor counselors within our organization that have conducted high quality research or developed innovative practices/ programs. The results of their work are of significance and interest to counselors and contribute to the expansion of the counseling profession and/or lead to new methods or services for clients.counseling award
The Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu Research and Innovations in Counseling Award was presented as follows on November 6, 2015 at the annual convention of the Kentucky Counseling Association:
Honorable Mention I : Providing Support for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) through collaborative group work, by Dr. Rebecca Pender Baum, Dr. Alan Bakes, Karen Coulter, and Sharon Hart, Murray State University.

Honorable Mention II: Services addressing identified needs within the Jefferson County school population which provided implementation of three innovative counseling support programs for students with drug and alcohol addictions, mental health needs, and those involved in domestic violence by Michelle Sircy, Lead Counselor, Jefferson County Public Schools.

Dr. Richard Balkin as the Winner:
And finally, the Winner for 2015 with research validating the Crisis Stabilization Scale (CriSS) and the Goal Attainment Scale of Stabilization (GASS) and which yielded information that validated a tool for professionals seeking accurate assessment of teens in crisis is Dr. Richard Balkin, University of Louisville.

Dr. Richard S. Balkin, Ph.D., LPCC, NCC is Professor and Program Coordinator
for the doctoral program in Counselor Education and master's program in school counseling at the University of Louisville.   Presently, Dr. Balkin is also the Editor for the Journal of Counseling & Development, the flagship journal for the American Counseling Association.  Dr. Balkin is the past recipient of the ACA Best Practice Research Award and ACES Counseling Vision and Innovation Award.  He is lead and co-author of Theory and Practice of Assessment in Counseling (Pearson) and has over 60 scholarly publications with emphases on adolescents in crisis, research methods, instrument design, and outcome research.

Unbelievable, noteworthy accomplishments by all! We cannot be prouder of all of you and we are so honored to get to serve alongside you in this great organization, KCA!  ---- Tammy Hurst

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