Mehmet A. Karaman and Richard J. Ricard












Mehmet A. Karaman and Richard J. Ricard received the 2016 Outstanding Scholar Award for Concept/Theory for their article, “Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Syrian Refugees in Turkey.”

Dr. Mehmet A. Karaman is an Assistant Professor of counseling at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Karaman has practiced in psychiatric hospitals, community mental health agencies, school districts and non-profit organizations. His research interests include instrument development and validation, cross-cultural studies (e.g., Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Mexico), counseling refugees, achievement motivation, and counseling children and adolescents. He is the past president of Texas Association for Humanistic Education and Development.

Dr. Richard J. Ricard is Assistant Dean and Professor of Counseling & Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in developmental psychology. He has been teaching in higher education for over 25 years. Dr. Ricard’s research focuses on program evaluation and implementation of evidence-based counseling interventions with adolescents in schools. His most recent teaching and research focus is on counseling interventions that emphasize mindfulness-based approaches (e.g., DBT, ACT, MBCT) that support counselor and client well-being.

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