Dr. Bhupinder Singh, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, has been the recipient of several University accolades. He was one of seven faculty members on campus to receive the “Promising New Faculty” Award, through the 2015-16 Provost’s Awards. The purpose of the Provost’s Awards is to honor those faculty members who set new standards of excellence and represent the heart of the University.

He was also recently awarded an “Outstanding Advisor” Award by the Division of Student Affairs. Recipients of this award are nominated by students and colleagues, and is meant for those who go “above and beyond typical advising duties to inspire many students to reach for higher goals, believe in themselves, and develop a love for their respective ares of study or service.”


Dr. Bryan Berrett, associate professor and chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies (CDDS), received the “Spirit of Service Outstanding Faculty” Award by the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning.

He is credited with developing the first service-learning course in CDDS and several more afterward, making the department one of a few on campus that offer three or more ‘S’ designated courses. He also mentors fellow faculty on the development of new service-learning courses.

Most recently, he has been involved with the developing, researching, and refining a set of Blackboard-based service-learning reflection modules, which will be be used by faculty as a tool for enhancing the academic, personal and professional outcomes students gain through service-learning.

According the Richter Center, “Berrett’s service-learning efforts have touched dozens of faculty members, thousands of students, and untold numbers of community members who are ultimate beneficiary of the resulting service.”


Cassandra_PerrySpiritAward_2Dr. Cassandra Joubert, director of the Central California Children’s Institute, received the 2016 Bruce D. Perry Spirit of the Child Award. The award was presented by the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program at U.C. Davis in acknowledgement of her efforts to train and prepare more than 400 early childhood practitioners in the San Joaquin Valley on the principles and foundations of infant-parent mental health.

The award is given annually to an individual who develops and provides services for children, reduce child maltreatment, promote joy and safety for children and their families, and continuously nurture and work to safeguard the Spirit of the Child.

Dr. Bruce Perry is a renowned for his neuroscience research that describes how childhood experiences, including neglect and traumatic stress, change the biology of the brain – and thereby, the health of the child.