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Dr. Stephen Lenz Receives AARC Exemplary Practice Award

For release: June 25, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843

Dr. Stephen Lenz
Dr. Stephen Lenz

Dr. Stephen Lenz has been named the recipient of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) 2013 Exemplary Practice Award. Lenz is an assistant professor of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Memphis.

This national award is given to an individual who has contributed significant levels of service and scholarly engagement through clinical practice, as an educator, and in his professional counseling role within the community.

Lenz and members of the Program Evaluation Research Consortium (PERC) provide the systematic evaluation of community-based programming to individuals and agencies that help underserved or marginalized populations in the Mid-South and beyond. They have been establishing cooperative partnerships with educational programs (K-12 and post-secondary) and community counseling service providers facing funding shortages in the absence of evidence-supported practices.

“By providing free services to community partners, Dr. Lenz and PERC are providing interventions that have positive social implications and promote practical changes for the citizens of our community using a strategy that emphasizes partnership, teamwork, training, mentoring and support,” said Dr. Douglas Strohmer, professor and chair of the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research. “The effort and outcomes demonstrated by Dr. Lenz fit well with the model of teaching, research, and service that we strive for at the University of Memphis.”

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