This scholarship is given to support a graduate student in psychology with a special interest in suicide awareness or suicide prevention.
We are proud to introduce the two 2018-19 scholarship recipients:
Stephanie Smith School Psychology
"I am incredibly appreciative of the Jonathan Davis Memorial Scholarship and what it stands for. It is imperative that we keep suicide prevention relevant and visible. Research and evidence based practice are of vital importance when working with students experiencing suicidal ideation and/or PTSD, as is the compassion and consistency we bring to our work with children. Over the next year I plan to begin establishing myself as a trauma informed school psychologist and to carry out my thesis research on inter-professional collaboration for children in foster care. I plan to use my personal, work, and learning experiences to instill hope and to help children experiencing PTSD and suicidal ideation. The scholarship will allow me to focus my energy on my internship and research, and will serve as a reminder of the importance of awareness, prevention, and postvention."
Charles Shepard Counseling and Supervision
"It is a great honor to be selected as a Jonathan Davis Scholar. Since 2008, I have worked with individuals and families dealing with the impact of chronic and/or acute trauma. I came to James Madison University to work on a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision in order to hone my counseling skills and to better prepare to be an educator and trainer of the next generation of professional counselors. The Jonathan Davis Scholarship has enabled me to focus on these goals as well as to explore another passion of mine: developing allies for LGBTQ clients among counselors of religious faith. At present, suicide rates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and young adults are alarmingly higher than their straight, cis-gender counterparts. Often, suicidality correlates strongly with religiously based homonegativity and transnegativity. I hope to contribute to the field of professional counseling through research and scholarship aimed at resolving conflicts between religious and professional ethics and improving the prevention of suicide and victimization for LGBTQ people."