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Oklahoma State University

Richardson Named 2016 Outstanding Master’s Student


 Natalie Richardson, a Marriage and Family Therapy master’s student in the Human Development and Family Science department, is the 2016 College of Human Sciences Outstanding Master’s Student. She is an exceptional student and an energetic leader in the MFT program, across campus, through the state and the nation. Richardson was chosen to represent the OSU MFT program on the Oklahoma Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Student Board two years in a row. As a board member, she played a central role in planning and organizing the 2015 OKAMFT Student/New Professional Conference. Richardson was one of 41 individuals selected as a fellow in the Now is the Time: Minority Fellowship Program-Youth.

Richardson’s clinical and research interests are focused on working with families and couples who face unique stressors, including military families and families of individuals who have developmental and intellectual disabilities. She plans to serve these families, as well as other families who have experienced traumatic events, upon earning her doctorate in marriage and family therapy. She also is interested in working with young adults with intellectual disabilities who are transitioning into adulthood.

Richardson’s presentation based on her theses received both the First Place and People’s Choice awards at the College of Human Sciences’ 2016 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition.