UNC Charlotte Psychology Professor Ryan Kilmer, who has a doctorate in clinical psychology, focuses on improving life for children and adolescents in the Charlotte area.
A hands-on kind of guy, he co-directs the Community Psychology Research Lab, a collaborative effort that brings together UNCC faculty and students with community partners.
At the same time, knowing that challenges facing at-risk families demand long-term solutions, Kilmer is a teacher and mentor for the graduate students who will take up this work in the future.
In recognition of his accomplishments inside and outside the classroom, the university has selected Kilmer as the winner of the 2014 Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award.
He was honored at a ceremony Feb. 18 on the UNCC campus and Chancellor Philip Dubois presented the award.
Psychology graduate student Laura Lovato, a student Kilmer mentors, spoke of how his unique balance of approachability, support, and intellect helped her cope with the rigors of graduate school and discover her own unique and independent voice and perspectives.
In acceptance comments, Kilmer thanked his own graduate mentor at the University of Rochester, and said he is continuing in the same tradition.
He thanked his UNCC colleagues for their support, and his students, current and past. Some graduates he worked with are now making an active contribution to their community, Kilmer said.
Kilmer joined the UNC Charlotte faculty 15 years ago.
UNCC offers more than 100 graduate degrees, including 21 doctoral programs.
The award is presented annually to a faculty member who does an exemplary job working with graduate students. The award is named for the late Dr. Harshini de Silva, a popular UNC Charlotte Biology professor who died in a car accident. The annual award, dedicated to her memory and her work, is now in its 14th year.