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Psychology Prof Receives Leadership Award

November 09, 2016

Dr. Sangeeta Singg, a professor of psychology at Angelo State University, received the Outstanding Leadership in Psychology Award from the Psychological Association of Greater West Texas (PAGWT) at the organization’s Nov. 4 meeting at Bentwood Country Club in San Angelo.

The award was presented by Dr. Jarvis Write, one of the founders of PAGWT and its first president. Singg is the current president of PAGWT and will continue in that position in 2017. 

Dr. Sangeeta (left) receives her award from Dr. Jarvis Write.Dr. Sangeeta (left) receives her award from Dr. Jarvis Write.The award reads, “Since 2010, for seven years, Dr. Sangeeta Singg served professional psychology in West Texas by organizing and administering the largest geographical area psychology society in the state. She arranged outstanding professional development programs and coordinated resources within the mental health community to provide meeting places and participation incentives. She spearheaded political action drives that promoted professional excellence in the provision of mental health services to the citizens of Texas. Members of the Psychological Association of Greater West Texas genuinely thank Dr. Singg for her Outstanding Service and Leadership.” 

An ASU faculty member since 1981, Singg teaches both undergraduate and graduate psychology classes in the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work. She also developed the graduate counseling psychology program and served as the program director. 

Dr. Sangeeta SinggDr. Sangeeta SinggAlso an avid researcher, Singg has published 35 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has made more than 100 presentations at professional conferences. Her diverse and interdisciplinary research interests include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, childhood sexual abuse, memory, alternative methods of healing, grief, suicide, energy medicine, student personal responsibility, self-esteem, color preference and color therapy, and the role of nutrition in physical and psychological wellness. She also serves on the editorial board of several industry journals. 

Her many honors and awards include an ASU Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, ASU President’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Leadership/Service and Phi Delta Kappa Research Award. She was named a “Top Psychologist in San Angelo, Texas” by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals and a “San Angelo Woman to Watch” by the San Angelo Business & Professional Women’s Club. 

Also active in the community, Singg has served on the board of the local American Heart Association for 32 years, including four terms as president, and was a founding member of the original San Angelo AIDS Foundation.

A native of the Punjab state of India, Singg holds a bachelor’s degree from Punjab University, a master’s degree from Mississippi State University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce). She is also a licensed psychologist, a certified applied clinical nutritionist and a purification and weight loss coach. 

The PAGWT is based in San Angelo and is affiliated with the Texas Psychological Association. More details are available at www.texaspsyc.org/.