lecturer gets top TV award
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
worries Dr Derakshan recognised in multicultural
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.
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.
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.
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.
more information on Dr Derakshan's research, see her staff
pages on the psychology departmental website.