Georgette Hardy DeJesus is currently in her twentieth year serving as the Executive Director of Pre-College Programs in Undergraduate Studies at the University of Maryland College Park campus. She holds a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. Dr. Hardy DeJesus continues to perform innovative outreach in her specialty areas of clinical psychology that includes trauma related stress, self-esteem development in adolescents and adults and career development of minority adolescents. Research interests for Dr. Hardy DeJesus are keenly focused on adolescent development and correlations between self-esteem, racial pride and career choice.
Dr. Hardy DeJesus remains active in numerous professional associations and served as a panelist for the Presidential National Advisory Council on "Education of Disadvantaged Children." She is presently co-authoring a book on coping with rejections. Current research includes exploring the relationship of self-esteem, African self-consciousness, gender and age as they relate to career aspirations of African American adolescents and the use of self-narratives in understanding student achievement.
She facilitated several workshops on campus helping organizations deal with post-traumatic stress associated with the events of 9/11 and was featured in Kaplan/Newsweek's How to get into College (Fall and Spring Editions) in the article, "First in the Family" where she was cited as an expert on the obstacles and successes among first generation college goers in The United States. Dr. Hardy DeJesus co-authored, "The N-Word in Academia: The Psychology of Employing an Epithet" which appeared in Black Issues in Higher Education (March 28, 2002) and was featured in The Chronicles of Higher Education (May 3, 2002) article "Upward Bound's Slippery Slope" where she was interviewed for trailblazing initiatives taken under her direction of The University of Maryland's Pre-College Programs. In addition, Dr. Hardy DeJesus continues to operate her consultant agency that specializes in staff development and teambuilding workshops. Also, she has been a consultant with the Department of Education since 1986 where she evaluates and recommends proposals for funding.
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