Public Service Awards 2006

Sharon Sousa, UMass Dartmouth

For her significant contributions throughout her career to the SouthCoast region's ability to address the needs of people with a variety of mental disorders

Professor Sharon Sousa of the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has made significant contributions to the SouthCoast region's ability to address the needs of people with a variety of mental disorders. These diseases affect the ability of children and adults to be productive members of society. Professor Sousa participates in the SouthCoast Hospital Group which is designing educational offerings for health care providers in the community that will improve their understanding of mental illness.

She is also the coordinator of wellness programs at General Fitness in Fall River and provides psychological testing to adult psychiatric patients every week at Corrigan Mental Health Center. Together with Christine Frizzell, Director of the UMass Dartmouth Counseling Center, Professor Sousa successfully applied to establish an affiliate chapter of Compeer International, an award-winning program that matches trained, sensitive volunteers with adults, adolescents and children with mental illness in one-on-one friendship relationships.

The type of public service provided by Professor Sousa generally goes unrecognized for a variety of reasons, including society's desire to keep mental illness less visible. Professor Sousa's career reflects a lifetime commitment to this important area of public service.

Public Service Awards 2006

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