Lecture on Education in Afghanistan Highlights School Psychology Awareness Week

Nov. 22, 2017

Shabnam Granzooy spoke to Applied Educational Psychology and School Psychology students, and later to a Multicultural Counseling class.
Shabnam Granzooy spoke to Applied Educational Psychology and School Psychology students, and later to a Multicultural Counseling class.

Faculty and students in Webster University Applied Psychology and School Psychology celebrated School Psychology Awareness Week with a guest lecture on education in Afghanistan from a fellow Webster student with unique insight into the topic.

Their speaker was Shabnam Granzooy, one of two Fulbright Scholars from Afghanistan pursuing master's degrees at Webster's main campus in Webster Groves. Granzooy is pursuing a master's in forensic accounting, and upon her return to Afghanistan she plans to help monitor the flow of money, improve the economic system and invest more in the education sector.

She spoke in Deborah Stiles' class with Applied Educational Psychology and School Psychology students, as well as in Jameca Falconer’s Multicultural Counseling class.

Falconer is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education. Stiles is professor and director of Applied Educational Psychology, School Psychology, and Intercultural Research Center. 

Stiles studied immigrant and refugee adolescents living in Norway as part of a Fulbright scholar award in the early 1990s, and conducted follow-up research 10 and 20 years afterward, meeting several adolescents from Afghanistan along the way. When she saw Granzooy's story in Webster Today, she invited her to speak to students in her class and Falconer's (who is also a Fulbright scholar) about education in Afghanistan as well as her Fulbright award.

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