Ayse Çiftçi, PhD, was awarded a Presidential Citation for her passion, conviction and wisdom beyond her age in championing the voice, scholarship and leadership of early career psychologists.

At an early stage in her career, Çiftçi has accomplished several feats, including chairing APA’s Committee on Early Career Psychologists. Her research that spans a broad range of multicultural topics (immigrants, expatriate experiences, gender role conflict with Turkish populations, religiosity, disability status) has resulted in her being elected an APA fellow by Divisions 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) and 52 (International Psychology). An incredibly gifted and inimitable academician and leader, she is a beacon of knowledge, talent and grace. Originally from Turkey, Çiftçi came to the United States to pursue her dream of becoming a psychologist. Through her dedication and creativity, she is a testament to the notion that dreams do come true. She is a role model for her students who learn by her great example, peers who benefit from her international expertise and senior psychologists who learn that change can be good.