TEXAS-JULY 9, 2013-Dr. Eugenia Curet, Assistant Dean of
Counseling and Medical Services at The
University of Texas at Brownsville, has been awarded the 2013 Leadership on
University Campuses and in the Community Award by the Texas Suicide Prevention Council.
Dr. Eugenia Curet displays a Suicide Prevention Leadership Award from the Texas Suicide Prevention Council she received during the recent symposium in Dallas, Texas.
Curet will receive the award
at the Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium in Irving, Texas, on Wednesday, July 10.
“I am honored to
receive this award on behalf of my entire team and the university,” said Curet.
“This award validates all of our efforts in implementing our suicide prevention
Curet is being
recognized for her leadership in implementing training to more than 200 faculty,
staff and students in assessment and intervention strategies for addressing
suicide issues. The program was made possible by a three-year grant in the
amount of $284,377 by the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration.
“The SAMHSA grant was
initiated so that colleges and universities could train peer mentors, staff and
faculty to be aware of symptoms of mental health distress in students,” said
Curet, who was the principal investigator for the project.
Educational seminars on
suicide prevention were hosted campus-wide. The training focused on how to
recognize and respond to students’ mental health and behavioral needs. Student
Health Services also established a health care provider network in
collaboration with the Tropical Texas Behavioral Health Agency to provide
students with emergency care during evenings and weekends when the campus clinic
Along with campus
personnel, counselors and nurses from The University of Texas Pan American, staff
from the Valley AIDS council and
officers from Brownsville Police Department and UTB Campus Police received
training at their respective locations.
Public health, with a
focus on substance abuse, has been a focus of Curet’s career. The native of
Puerto Rico said she was inspired by the women in her life.
“Both my grandmothers
were a midwife and a counselor respectively, and my mother was a school teacher.
They were passionate women committed to serve their communities,” Curet said.
Curet earned a Bachelor
of Arts in Psychology from Goddard College in 1974. She received a master’s
degree in social work with a specialty in psychiatry from New York University. She
was awarded her Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration on
substance abuse and public health from Union Graduate Institute and University
in Cincinnati, Ohio.