Psychology professor named Fulbright Senior Scholar – Pennsylvania State University

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — Senel Poyrazli, professor of psychology and chair of the Division of Social Sciences and Psychology in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education (BSED) at Penn State Harrisburg has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar award for the 2022-23 academic year.

As part of her award, Poyrazli will lecture at Bilkent University, in Ankara, Turkey; conduct a research study related to Syrian refugees; and complete a book related to multicultural competency. Poyrazli also will present her research related to multicultural competency at different institutions and conferences throughout Turkey.

Fulbright awards are prestigious and competitive fellowships that provide opportunities for U.S. academics to continue their professional activities and build connections between nations.

“I feel very excited and honored to be named a Fulbright senior scholar,” Poyrazli said. “I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to continue my work as an international counseling psychologist. I look forward to representing Penn State next year, building connections between the people of the U.S. and the other countries, and contributing to Fulbright’s mission to improve lives around the world.”  

Poyrazli has received numerous recognitions for her research, including the 2021 Outstanding International Psychologist Award from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) International Psychology division, which recognizes psychologists who have made outstanding contributions to international psychology and whose work has an impact across countries and cultures. She also has received the Excellent Contribution Award from the APA Society of Counseling Psychology International Section.

Poyrazli also has been named a Fellow of three divisions of the APA, including Division 1 for General Psychology, Division 17 for Counseling Psychology, and Division 52 for International Psychology. APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 121,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students as its members.

She was selected for the Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity Award at Penn State Harrisburg, which is given to recognize and encourage excellence in academic research, creative activity, scholarship, and mastery of subject matter by faculty.

Over the course of her career, Poyrazli has explored several areas of research and emerged as a national and global leader for the internationalization of psychology. Nearly 20 years ago, she was one of a small group of psychologists who recognized that psychology curriculums and research in the United States, though high in …….


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