Professor of graduate studies in counseling, Kathryn Norsworthy, received the American Psychological Association 2017 International Humanitarian Award during the national APA Convention in Washington, D.C. The International Humanitarian Award is one of the most prestigious awards bestowed by the APA, recognizing extraordinary humanitarian service and activism by a psychologist or team of psychologists, including professional and/or volunteer work conducted primarily in the field with underserved populations. The American Psychological Association has more than 115,000 members.
Norsworthy, an activist academic and professor of graduate studies in counseling, has spent the past 20 years working in solidarity with local colleagues in conducting activist research and feminist-liberation practice projects in South and Southeast Asia. Projects focus on such issues as trauma-informed peacebuilding in areas of ethno-political conflict, violence against women, HIV-AIDS, refugee women’s leadership in support of the Burma democracy movement, culture-centered post-tsunami response efforts, and LGBTQ+ social movement building. Along with her colleagues from Thailand, Norsworthy has also been collaborating on Thai women’s reclamation of Buddhist wisdom in healing and trauma recovery as well as the development of a nationwide system of one-stop crisis centers for women survivors of gender-based violence. For the past 15 years at home in Central Florida, she has been immersed in LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice/solidarity projects with the farmworker and migrant communities.
In recent years, Dr. Norsworthy has been the recipient of several other national awards connected to her international activism, including the 2016 Diversity Award from the American Psychological Association Group Division, the 2015 Florence Denmark Mentoring Award from the Association for Women in Psychology, and the 2012 Eminent Career Award from the American Counseling Association for Specialists in Group Work.