Dr. Odessa Luna and Dr. Michele Traub are the 2022-23 Miller Scholar Award recipients, announced Tuesday at the fourth annual Provost Summit at St. Cloud State University.
Luna and Traub accepted the award for their project proposal “Teaching Ethical, Professional, and Culturally Humble Behavior through Situational Role Play and Feedback”. The project aims to design role-play scenarios for two courses to incorporate ethical and professional skills into common clinical interactions. The project includes experiential learning where students respond to created scenarios that teach them situational awareness, cultural humility, problem solving and professional behavior through encountering unexpected situations that they may experience in real-life clinical practice.
The Miller Scholar Award is given each year to a St. Cloud State faculty member or team of faculty from the generous Miller Family donation. There is a history of Miller Scholars working across disciplines to enrich the St. Cloud State community for teaching and learning.
Luna and Traub have worked together previously to launch the Husky Campus Autism Clinic where they provide training to students in a clinical setting.
Luna is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has worked and conducted research in a variety of settings with vulnerable populations including public schools, university clinic, foster homes, a in-patient psychiatric hospital and a juvenile residential treatment facility.
Traub is an associate professor of behavior analysis in the Department of Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. She serves on the university Institutional Review Board and is a member of the department’s committee on diversity, equity and inclusion. She is currently involved in research on best practices in training and supervision, behavioral medicine and dual-language instruction for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her research interests include behavioral assessment, school consultation, cultural responsiveness in behavior analysis practice and application of behavioral principles to issues of social justice and equity.