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2019 Champion of Diversity Presented to Dr. Brian Buzzella

Brian Buzzella, PhD, receives Diveristy AwardBrian Buzzella, PhD was selected as the recipient of the Faculty Champion of Diversity Award for 2019. He is an HS Clinical Assistant Professor in our Department and Director of the Family Mental Health Program and Director of Training for the Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Program in the Mental Health Care Line at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. His research has focused on developing, tailoring, and evaluating clinical interventions for same-sex couples and has led to numerous grants, publications, presentations, and posters on the topic of improving access and care for same-sex couples, as well as training manuals to guide other clinicians. Dr. Buzzella has been very involved in training in the area of diversity and inclusion. Along with Autumn Backhaus, he expanded the Diversity Seminar from an 8-session to a 22-session component of the VA postdoctoral trainee seminar series, and partnered with Rebecca Williams to design, implement, and evaluate a diversity-focused mentorship program in the VA. He has served on the VA Postdoc Diversity Committee throughout his tenure at VA San Diego and is now guiding implementation of a VA-specific trainee climate survey. His nominator admires Dr. Buzzella’s “whole-hearted yet humble support of other’s efforts to promote inclusivity and belonging for all individuals: his is that role model whom many of us aspire to be.”