Graduate Mentor of the Year Award

The Outstanding Graduate Mentor of the Year is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes faculty who have, over their years at USU, a record of excellence and who have significant accomplishments in graduate student mentorship.

Nominees are effective advisors who facilitate degree completion, model sound scholarship and ethical behavior, provide emotional support, extend constructive criticism, involve students in publishing and other professional activities, and prepare students for their careers after they have completed their degrees.

This award is presented at the Faculty Awards Ceremony each spring.

Melanie Domenech Rodriguez, recipient of the 2020 USU Outstanding Graduate Mentor of the Year Award

Melanie Domenech Rodriguez has been a professor in the Psychology Department at Utah State University since 2000. Her research focuses on parenting in Spanish-speaking Latinx families and more broadly on multicultural issues.

Her research started in earnest with an NIMH K01 grant to culturally adapt GenerationPMTO for Latinx families with school-age children: Criando con Amor: Promoviendo Armonia y SuperaciĆ³n (CAPAS). CAPAS has been implemented in Logan, Michigan, and Mexico City. She developed and implemented Padres Preparados for parents of preschool aged children. Rodriguez collaborated to test the implementation of a GenerationPMTO training using distance education technology to test a sustainable model for dissemination of evidence-based interventions. She is currently collaborating with colleagues on a HRSA-funded project, Pipeline to Diversity, to increase the number of culturally and linguistically diverse physician assistants in Idaho.

She has received excellent, caring, and long-term mentoring from top-notch scholars. At USU, she had the pleasure of mentoring students to completion on 21 dissertations, 14 masters theses, and 9 undergraduate honors theses. She is proud of the diversity of the students she has mentored. She is a past president of the National Latinx Psychological Association and of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

2020 College Graduate Mentors of the Year