Professor’s impactful research earns inaugural award

Dr. Maureen Kenny

The American Psychological Association (APA) recently presented Professor Maureen Kenny with the inaugural Child and Family Citizen Psychologist Award

The award honors APA Division 37 psychologist members who have demonstrated notable engagement in the community and service independent of their employment duties. Kenny has been an APA member since her undergraduate studies in psychology and is a long standing member of Division 37.

“There are many outstanding members of the organization, so it is truly humbling to be chosen,” said Kenny. “I hope that my research in the area of prevention of child sexual abuse is meaningful to other psychologists and has an impact on children and families.”

Some of her early research on child abuse reporting by mandated reporters has influenced researchers across the world. She worked closely with researchers in Australia and was involved in some of the work of the Royal Commission. Kenny is a professor in the Department of Counseling, Recreation and School Psychology in the School of Education and Human Development.