White House Champions of Change program honors APA member

Maria Dolores Cimini, PhD, co-chair of APA’s Women with Disabilities in STEM Education Project, was recognized for her work to promote access to STEM disciplines.

Maria Dolores Cimini, PhD, was one of 14 Champions of Change honored by the White House earlier this month for her work in giving students with disabilities greater access to science, technology, engineering and math.

Kareem Dale, special assistant to the president for disability policy at the White House said the honorees are “proving that when the playing field is level, people with disabilities can excel in STEM, develop new products, create scientific inventions, open successful businesses, and contribute equally to the economic and educational future of our country."

Cimini is the assistant director for prevention and program evaluation at the University at Albany Counseling Center and has served as the principal investigator for more than $6 million in behavioral health projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Education during the past decade.

The Champions of Change program is part of President Obama's Winning the Future initiative. Each week, people are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.