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BA in Psychology - Washington College
Masters in Social Work - VCU Richmond
Laura is a student counselor at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Washington College, with membership in the Psi Chi honors society. In her subsequent Masters in Social Work from VCU, she was selected for the Phi Kappa Phi honors society.
As a founding member of VCU’s Multicultural Committee, she published an article in Perspectives on Multiculturalism and Cultural Diversity entitled “Stereotypes: Negative Racial Stereotypes and Their Effect on Attitudes Towards African Americans.”
When she moved to Qatar 14 years ago, she designed the first culturally responsive university counseling program in Education City (now Hamad Bin Khalifa University). In 2007, she received the Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment from VCU’s office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
Her research interests include mindfulness, spirituality, focusing, interpersonal neurobiology, Imago couples therapy and cultural competence; her experiences in these areas have enabled her to form cross-cultural relations and to guide others in the journey to open-hearted exchange.