Violeta Rodriguez Honored With P.E.O. Scholar Award

Violeta Rodriguez, a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology at University of Georgia, is one of 100 doctoral students in the U. S. and Canada selected to receive a $20,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood.  She was sponsored by Chapter BL of Gainesville, Georgia.


Violeta is originally from Nicaragua. She moved the the U.S. with her family when she was nine-years old as asylees. She grew up in Miami, Fla.

Violeta’s research focuses on the psychometrics of parenting and family constructs, with an emphasis on making parenting and family measures more representative of diverse families. This research has been recognized by the Psychological Association Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) and American Psychological Association of Graduate Students/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship. She has 74 peer-reviewed manuscripts of which she is first-author of 19 with several more under review. Violeta’s dissertation will focus on revising and validating the Multidimensional Assessment of Parenting Scale in a racially and ethnically diverse national sample.

Violeta is currently a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow (2018-2021), a prestigious fellowship managed by the National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering. After graduation, Violeta plans to continue this line of research in a university setting.

The P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) were established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree at an accredited college or university.  Scholar Awards recipients are a select group of women chosen for their high level of academic achievement and their potential for having a positive impact on society.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded January 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is a philanthropic educational organization dedicated to supporting higher education for women. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly a quarter of a million active members.


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