Rachel Wiegand, MA ’22, from the Education Specialist in School Psychology program is the recipient of Chapman University’s 2022 James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the master’s category.

The Doti Award is the highest honor for graduate students at Chapman University. The award is given to a graduating master’s and doctoral student for academic accomplishment, scholarly/creative activity, and/or service.

Attallah College of Educational Studies: Rachel Wiegand

Wiegand co-founded the Social Justice and Equity Collective in the school psychology program, which gives students and program faculty a place to discuss social justice and advocacy topics. Her school and clinic-based work has supported youth in difficult circumstances at home, such as domestic and community violence.

Wiegand’s fieldwork supervisors called her a “tremendous asset in our program and K-12 schools.” She has presented peer-reviewed posters and papers at state and national conferences on topics including supporting minoritized graduate students, absenteeism, student mental health, and adolescent substance abuse. She has contributed to two peer-reviewed journal articles and one book chapter. She served in Chapman’s school psychology association and in three roles in the graduate student division of the National Association of School Psychologists. She was the recipient of the Warne Family Foundation Scholarship, the most competitive scholarship in the school psychology program, and the California Association of School Psychologists’ Paul Henkin Scholarship.

The awardees’ names are permanently inscribed on the Doti trophy on display in Argyros Forum. The recipients get a desk-size copy of the trophy, a $1,000 cash award, and are recognized at their college’s degree ceremony.

Read the full Chapman University newsroom article here: https://news.chapman.edu/2022/05/09/chapman-university-honors-2-grad-students/