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Counseling professor receives Community-Based Learning Award

April 15, 2015

Bridget Roberts-Pittman, associate professor of counseling in the department of communicationdisorders and counseling, school, and educational psychology, was recognized with the Community-Based Learning and Scholarship Award during Indiana State University's Faculty Recognition Banquet Wednesday.

The award recognizes outstanding faculty who have made serving the community an integral part of their academic goals and activities.

"I was so excited when I heard I'd won," said Roberts-Pittman, who serves as director of the Norma and William Grosjean Clinic at University Hall. "I cannot tell you truly what the clinic and the students' experience mean to me. It means so much to me to have that work and dedication recognized by the university."

Roberts-Pittman has been in the counseling field for 20 years and holds three licenses in Indiana: psychologist, marriage and family therapist and clinical addiction counselor. She was also instrumental in opening the clinic at Indiana State in the fall of 2010.

"So often, as counselors, we're good problem solvers and are often saturated with things that aren't going well, so it was wonderful that people have recognized my efforts," she said. "It was an honor to even have been nominated for an award. To actually find out I won it was amazing."

Roberts-Pittman earned a bachelor's degree from Indiana University in 1994. She also has both a master's degree in marriage and family therapy and a PhD in counseling psychology from Indiana State, where she now prepares the next generation of helping professionals.

"Just to be instrumental in a student's life and watch them develop is incredible," she said. "Our community partners, like Vigo County School Corporation and Teen Court, and campus partners, like the Center for Community Engagement, are the ones who make it possible for us to provide such a great learning experience for our students. Community engagement is at the heart of everything we do as we prepare our students for the real world and the clinic helps us do that."

Before coming to Indiana State in 2005, Roberts-Pittman worked at the Child and Adolescent Services division of Hamilton Center for eight years, where she served in various roles.

Her past accolades include Charlotte Zietlow Women Faculty Research Award at Indiana State in March 2011, Faculty of the Year Award in 2010 from the Bayh College's Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student Organization and the Paul A. Kinser Faculty Development Award in 2009.

Writer: Betsy Simon, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-7972 or