Kevin Hynes, recipient of a 2017-2018 AAMFT/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship

Kevin HynesCongratulations to HDFS graduate student Kevin Hynes!  He is the recipient of a 2017-2018 AAMFT/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship.

Each year, the AAMFT/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program awards Fellowships to a select pool of talented minority MFT doctoral students recognized for their developing competence in and demonstrated commitment to conduct research and provide service to ethnic minority and underserved populations. This year, Kevin Hynes, a doctoral student in the HDFS Department’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program, was selected to receive one of these prestigious Fellowships.

Funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the AAMFT/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program was created to support the training of practitioners and practitioner/researchers in culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services, treatment, prevention, and research. The objective of the Fellowship Program is to expand the delivery of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to underserved minority populations and to increase the number of doctoral level culturally competent minority Marriage and Family Therapists.

Because the Fellowship is both a scholarship and a professional training appointment, Kevin joins a community of MFT students and professionals who will participate in myriad opportunities to advance their knowledge and skills in the areas of cultural competence, mental health, and substance abuse by learning from, collaborating with, and being mentored by multicultural leaders across several professions. Through these experiences, Kevin will build a lifetime network of professional associations with MFTs who are dedicated to assisting underserved minorities and advancing culturally relevant contributions to the social and behavioral sciences.