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May 11, 2000

Contact:
Barbara Chamberlain, 509/358-7527, chamberlain@wsu.edu

Blodgett Receives WSU Spokane Faculty Excellence Award

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Christopher Blodgett, senior research associate for the Washington Institute for Mental Illness Research Training, has been awarded the 2000 Washington State University Spokane Faculty Excellence Award in recognition of his outstanding teaching, research and community service.

Blodgett, who has been with WSU Spokane since 1995, is also assistant director of community program development at WIMIRT and an associate professor in human development and cooperative extension. His most recent research focuses on the development of community prevention and intervention programs for high-risk children and adolescents.

Under his leadership, WSU Spokane and WIMIRT received a five-year, $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for the Spokane Safe Start Initiative. The program is a community planning process designed to reduce children’s exposure to violence in Spokane.

As assistant director for child and community services, Blodgett has played a key role in developing model service programs that integrate services and resources from the mental health, substance abuse, child welfare and juvenile justice sectors of the community to address child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and mental illness.

"Because of his openness, accessibility and personable style, Chris is one of the most widely liked and appreciated faculty members within WIMIRT, WSU Spokane and the community," said WIMIRT Director Dennis Dyck in making his nomination. "He is totally selfless, a great team player, and a person with a sense of vision and passion."

Blodgett received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Manitoba in 1983, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the State University of New York in 1976, and a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology at Union College.

The award was presented at the WSU Spokane commencement ceremonies May 5. Blodgett received an engraved pewter medallion and a check for $1,000. Sterling Savings of Spokane sponsors the annual award.

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