PULLMAN, Wash. — Brian McNeill, professor and co-director of training for the Washington State University Ph.D. program in counseling psychology, received the Suinn Minority Achievement Award at the American Psychological Association annual convention in Chicago last week.

The award, one of three awarded nationally, was given to the doctoral program for “demonstrated excellence in recruitment and retention of ethnic minority students.”

According to the WSU Graduate School, the counseling psychology doctoral program includes the largest percentage of American students from diverse backgrounds of any graduate program at WSU.

The APA is the nation’s foremost professional organization for psychologists. More than 30,000 attended the Chicago conference.

The program, which is part of the College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology, was nominated by Sylvia Gomez, a student now enrolled in the doctoral program.