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Issue 472, 5 November 2001

Psychology lecturer gets top TV award

Leeds psychology lecturer Dr Naz Derakshan has been acknowledged in Carlton TVís multicultural achievement awards, for outstanding achievements in education and science. The awards aim to recognise imaginative and motivated people who are inspirational leaders, have accomplished amazing deeds for their community or have overcome enormous obstacles to succeed.

No worries – Dr Derakshan recognised in multicultural awards

Dr Derakshan said: "I donít know how I got nominated. There were thousands of people up for the ten different categories, so I thought no more about it. Then a few weeks ago, they got in touch to say Iíd won an award. Itís fantastic."

Having earned her doctorate only three years ago, Dr Derakshan came to Leeds in July 2000, and has already published extensively, been invited to speak at conferences around the world, and recently organised and chaired two international symposia. Her research focuses on how we repress feelings of anxiety, and the influence this has on our physical and mental health.

Dr Derakshan was awarded the Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship for four years in July 2000, and is the second person in the UK to achieve this in psychology. In July 2001 she was awarded the young scientist award and the early career contribution award from the International Society for Research on Stress and Anxiety.

She said: "I think that itís important to recognise and foster the talents of individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds, those with strong motivation who have fought great obstacles to achieve and who aim to make a real difference to society. Personally, itís a great feeling to be recognised in this way.

For more information on Dr Derakshan's research, see her staff pages on the psychology departmental website.


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