Penn State Harrisburg student receives graduate student research award

December 07, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — Emily Sano, an applied clinical psychology graduate student from South Lake Tahoe, California, in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Behavioral Sciences and Education, received the Anastasi Graduate Student Research Award given by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 52: International Psychology.

The award is named after Anne Anastasi, who made major contributions to understanding how psychological development is influenced by environmental and experiential factors.

Sano received the award based on the work she completed for her master’s paper, titled “The Effects of Stigma on Help-Seeking Behaviors in Japanese International Students in the United States.”

Sano’s research focuses on the impact that stigma has on an individual's decision to seek professional help for a psychological problem. She has studied Japanese students studying in the U.S. because the Japanese population has higher instances of both perceived (what an individual believes other people think about mental health and those who have mental health issues) and personal (an individual's own negative perceptions about mental illness) stigma. 

She hypothizes that the higher an individual's personal and perceived stigma is, the less likely he or she will be to seek professional help when an issue arises.

Sano’s award was presented at the APA Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Last Updated December 07, 2015