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Counseling Professor Earns Fellowship to Enhance Curriculum at New Zealand University

Dr. Krista Malott will assist the University of Canterbury in developing a social justice-oriented curriculum in its Master in Mental Health Counseling program.

Counseling Professor Krista Malott, PhD, is traveling to New Zealand to assist the University of Canterbury in enhancing its curriculum.

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Krista Malott, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Education & Counseling, was awarded a Visiting Erskine Fellowship by the School of Health Sciences, College of Education, Health and Human Development at University of Canterbury, of Christchurch, New Zealand, to engage in scholarship and teaching from July 15 to August 23.

During this six-week residency, Dr. Malott will aid in infusing critical consciousness and social justice content across the curriculum of the university’s Master in Mental Health Counseling program. Outcomes of the curriculum will be empirically assessed, with the collaborative endeavor to be presented at the International Conference on Counseling, Psychotherapy and Social Justice in Belfast, Ireland, in the fall of 2019

“I’ve been asked to help develop and model a new social justice-oriented curriculum,” Dr. Malott says. “I will be giving several public talks about my research, as well as teaching portions of several master-level courses and in one undergraduate course, all in the area of critical consciousness and multicultural counseling."

Dr. Malott’s research focuses on racial and ethnic identity development and methods of addressing social injustice. The Erskine Fellowship at Canterbury was established to bring in international scholars to engage in teaching and research and knowledge exchange at the university.

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