Daya Sandhu

Columbia, Ky.-based Lindsey Wilson College director of research and professor Daya Singh Sandhu (second from right), seen here with (from left) LWC vice president for academic affairs Trish Parrish, associate dean Jackie Montgomery, and college president William Luckey, was recently named a Senior Fulbright Research Award in India recipient. (photo provided)

Indian American professor and director of research at Columbia, Ky.-based Lindsey Wilson College’s doctoral program of counselor education and supervision Daya Singh Sandhu was named among the 2017-2018 Senior Fulbright Research Award in India recipients.

Sandhu was named a recipient for the program, also called the Senior Fulbright-Nehru Research Award as part of an India-U.S. government exchange program, in mid-September. He now has been named a scholar three times.

“I feel both honored and humbled to receive this incredible recognition and honor to be a part of the very illustrious Fulbright Program which has produced 58 Nobel Laureates, 31 MacArthur Fellows, and 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients,” Sandhu said in a statement.

Recipients of these awards are expected to be eminent scholars and have significant number of publications and impressive research record as well as they should have maintained meritorious record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective academic disciplines.

“It is truly amazing that I received this honor not once, not twice, but three times which is considered very rare,” Sandhu added.

As part of the program, Sandhu will be affiliated for six months with the Punjab University and will study the effects of worldviews and coping response styles on mental depression in culturally diverse populations, according to a news release.

It is theorized that major differences in reasons, rate of incidence and clinical presentations of mental depression are due to different presuppositions and coping strategies used in different cultures, it said.

Additionally, Sandhu will be lecturing and holding discussions on his research topic, as well as help local faculty develop curricula, host seminars and engage in community services that will benefit students, scholars and general public in India and the United States.

He will also travel to several higher education institutions around India to deliver guest lectures and take part in symposia and conferences.

Sandhu is a fellow of American Counseling Association, Diplomate of American Mental Health Counselors Association and an Ambassador of Kentucky Mental Health Counselors Association.

He has served as the national president of the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, chair of the Research and Knowledge Committee and chair of the International Committee of the American Counseling Association.

He has received numerous state, national and international awards including ACA Presidential Award, Lifetime Career Achievement Award and Outstanding Counselor Educator of the Year Award, among others.

In honor of Sandhu’s exemplary career as a scholar, educator and researcher, the Kentucky Counseling Association initiated a “Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu Research and Creative Innovations in Counseling Award,” which dates back to June 2015.

The NRI Indian Welfare Society, an organization under the umbrella of the government of India, honored Sandhu with the highly prestigious Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) Award in January 2014 for his exceptional contributions to India.

Sandhu was previously a distinguished professor of research and chairman of the educational and counseling psychology department at University of Louisville. He retired from there in 2014 after distinguished service of 21 years.

Sandhu holds six graduate degrees including a B.A., B.Tech. and M.A. from the Punjab University in Chandigarh. In addition, he earned M.Ed., specialist in English, and a doctorate degree in counselor education and supervision from the United States.

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