Hammond PUC marriage and family therapy student earns prestigious research award

Awards and recognitions keep coming for students and graduates of Purdue University Calumet’s marriage and family therapy (MFT) master’s degree program.

Spring graduation candidate Francisco Limon of Hammond has received the 2012 Indiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Student Research Award (IAMFT). He is the 14th Purdue Calumet student/graduate since 1993 to earn an IAMFT research award.

The award recognizes the top thesis or dissertation by an Indiana graduate student conducting research within the discipline. Limon’s thesis is an outcome study of the effectiveness of the Bienvenidos Program, which helps immigrant Latino adolescents experiencing problems in school and society to connect better with their families and community. Limon’s thesis chair is Purdue Calumet Associate Professor of Psychology David Nalbone.

“Francisco Limon has done an important thesis that evaluates the effectiveness of an established treatment model for helping immigrant, Latino adolescents with school and social problems,” Purdue Calumet Marriage and Family Therapy Program Coordinator and Professor Joe Wetchler said. “This is a highly important study. Congratulations to Francisco and his thesis chair.”

Purdue Calumet’s marriage and family therapy program is internationally recognized, attracting students worldwide.

Program graduates have enjoyed a 100 percent employment rate and high acceptance into doctoral programs. More information about the program can be obtained by contacting Prof. Wetchler at 219/989-2587, by e-mailing Wetchler@purduecal.edu or by visiting on line http://webs.purduecal.edu/mftp/.