OC grad chosen for prominent global mental health program

Sep 13, 2017

Oklahoma Christian University alumna Abby deSteiguer will be “in the room where it happens” at King’s College in London.

The 2017 OC grad was accepted into the prestigious Master of Science in Global Mental Health program, jointly run by King’s College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The program starts September 25.

“I have a passion for psychology and mental health,” deSteiguer said. “When I heard about the Movement for Global Mental Health, I knew I wanted to be involved in some way. This program at King’s College and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has been at the forefront of research and education in this field. I was thrilled when I found out I had been accepted, and I immediately knew this was where I was supposed to be.”

The QS World University Rankings rated King’s College 23rd in the world while Times Higher Education named the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as University of the Year in 2016 for its response to the Ebola epidemic.

“OC’s Department of Psychology has an academic rigor and focus on research that prepares students to move further with their studies at the highest levels.” Abby deSteiguer

“I feel so prepared for this opportunity because of professors like Dr. Tina Winn and Dr. Ryan Newell,” deSteiguer said. “OC’s Department of Psychology has an academic rigor and focus on research that prepares students to move further with their studies at the highest levels.”

In 2017, the Center for World University Rankings by Subject placed the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine first in the world for tropical medicine research, second for parasitology, and seventh for infectious diseases, public environment and occupational health, and social sciences and biomedical.

The London School is ranked sixth in the world by U.S. News and World Report in the fields of social sciences and public health. It also is ranked 25th for medicine in the 2017 QS World University Rankings.

“It was evident early on in Abby’s work she possessed both the intellectual ability to succeed and the passion and motivation to channel her talent toward service to others,” Winn said. “Although Abby’s academic achievement and broad interests gave her options in several fields of graduate study, I believe global mental health won the day because of her heart to serve others – especially those who have been overlooked or rejected. Because Abby is a person of true character and virtue, she will do well, and she will do good.”

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