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Daya Sandhu Announcement -- July 2014
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Veteran Educator Sandhu Named School of Professional Counseling Director of Research

Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 [9:27 AM]

Daya Sandhu -- July 2014

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Veteran counseling educator Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu has been named director of research for the Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling.

Sandhu, who has more than 30 years of experience as a counselor and counseling educator, is an international expert in mental health.

  "We are very excited to have Professor Sandhu join our college," said LWC Vice President for Academic Affairs Bettie Starr. "He brings an incredible amount of experience, knowledge and respect to Lindsey Wilson. Our faculty and students will benefit a great deal from the leadership and guidance of a world-renowned scholar."

As SPC director of research, Sandhu will be responsible for guiding faculty research and working with graduate students in the college's doctoral program in counselor education and supervision.

Sandhu comes to LWC from the University of Louisville, where he was a distinguished professor of research and chair of the university's educational and counseling psychology department.

Sandhu grew up in rural northwest India where he had to walk seven miles round trip each day to school from the fifth grade through his undergraduate years.

"My own background is very similar to a lot of the Lindsey Wilson students' backgrounds," he said. "All of the problems I've had, I can empathize with them. One of my goals is to help people in the Appalachian region and get them to realize what they can achieve."

Sandhu is a pioneer in multicultural counseling. He's published 13 books, two more are in press and two additional books are in progress. Sandhu has published 60 book chapters, 50 articles in refereed journals and edited four special issues of professional journals. He's presented at more than 250 international, national and state conferences.

"My previous experiences, which included teaching minority students from many ethnic groups such as African-American, Native American, and Latina/Latino Americans, have truly enhanced my understanding and sensitivities to the cultural background and experiences of diverse groups in our society," he said. "For this reason, I have extensively published in the areas of diversity and multiculturalism."

Sandhu has been honored with scores of awards and recognitions, including two  Fulbright awards and a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award. Earlier this year, he received the prestigious  Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) award in New Delhi by the NRI International Welfare Society and the Government of India. Sandhu was one of the 23 awardees from a large number of nomination received from among 25 million people of Indian origin from all around the world.

 

Most recently on, March 27, Sandhu was honored with the prestigious President's Award bestowed by American Counseling Association, a professional organization of more than 55,000 members.

As president of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development and Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, Sandhu launched a mental health movement in his native India with support and encouragement of the Vice Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar and Fulbright Commission in New Delhi.

Sandhu said that India, with a  population of more than one billion people, has limited mental health facilities and professionals available to provide help.

In addition to his experience in higher education, Sandhu was a high school guidance counselor and also taught English and science in public schools. Sandhu holds six graduate degrees, including a doctor of counselor education.

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