ACA National Awards

Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award

The Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award supports research in the area of college student affairs or related areas of counseling and education ($300 honorarium).

Presented to Caitlyn McKinzie-Bennett

Mckinzie, CaitlynCaitlyn McKinzie-Bennett, MA, NCC, is a doctoral student in the Counselor Education Program at the University of Central Florida (UCF), where she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s in counselor education. As a private-practice counselor in the Central Florida community, Caitlyn provides individual, group, and family therapy to adolescents and adults in clinical areas such as anxiety, severe and persistent mental illness, self-esteem, and transgender issues. Recently selected as an emerging leader by the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), Caitlyn was invited to attend a workshop designed to explore her leadership skills and learn about leadership within the field of counselor education. She received the 2016 SACES Research and Best Practice Award for her research studying the effectiveness of neurofeedback training to reduce anxiety. Caitlyn is an active member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, and other professional groups.