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About the Current Team > Austin Eklund

About the Current Team

Austin Eklund

Curriculum Vita

I have earned an M.A. and am currently earning an Ed.M. in Psychological Counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University, to graduate in 2014. In addition to this research team, I am also a member of Dr. Marie Miville's team, which is compiling and editing a book on multicultural gender roles. I am currently a clinical intern at Mount Sinai Hospital treating individuals with severe and persistent mental illness in its Psychiatric Continuing Day Treatment Program. Additionally, I spent a semester administering individual counseling at the Dean-Hope-Center for Educational and Psychological Services as part of my graduate program. I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. In 2011, I earned a B.A. in Linguistics with minor concentrations in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from the University of Florida. While there, I spent three years volunteering as a sociocultural counselor for international students as part of its Cultural Immersion Program. In my last semester as an undergraduate, I designed and taught a course on English grammar and academic writing to visiting scholars doing post-doctoral work at UF and was awarded a special certificate by the Department of Linguistics for my achievement. I worked closely with UF President J. Bernard Machen as the student representative of the Florida Fund and was appointed to speak at several fundraising events up and down the eastern seaboard. I am fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) and have done extensive volunteer work as an interpreter and translator in the Spanish-speaking and Deaf communities. My varied research interests share the common thread of studying and affirming the experiences of marginalized populations in the U.S., including sexual minorities, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and atheists.