Media Advisory/Press Release
Shrewsbury resident receives prestigious alumni award for devotion to children’s mental health by Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
May 7, 2012–Boston (West Roxbury), MA—This month Shrewsbury resident Dr. Edward Zadravec received the Dr. Florence Lerman Mintz Alumni Award from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) for his work to improve the mental health of children in Massachusetts schools. The award is given each year in memory of Dr. Mintz, a graduate of MSPP and former teacher who cared deeply for the needs of children.
“What a wonderful surprise this was,” says Zadravec, who describes himself as just being part of a team. “I am really accepting this for all of us who work at Wediko,” he says.
Zadravec, who received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and graduated with a doctorate in clinical psychology from MSPP in 1995, is currently the associate director of School-Based Services at Wediko Children’s Services. Wediko is highly esteemed for its innovative and committed clinical work with children from economically disenfranchised communities who often have significant mental health concerns.
In addition to his key role at Wediko, Zadravec is a long-time supervisor of MSPP Clinical Psychology interns, who describe him as a wise and gentle man who is a tireless and effective advocate for children and child mental health services.
In his role at Wediko, Zadravec directs the interaction between his agency and individual schools. The goal is to help schools establish positive support structures for all students, as well as identify and help children at risk and those already in distress.
He adds, “We don’t just go in and work with the individual child, we also consult with the school staff and administration. Our ultimate goal is to build the school’s capacity and expertise in promoting children’s social-emotional functioning.”
Today Wediko serves over 30 schools in six districts, mainly in urban settings, but they have been reaching out to suburban and charter schools as well.
In addition to his work at Wediko, Zadravec continues a private therapy practice with children and continues to volunteer on the Human Rights Committee of Bridge of Central Massachusetts.
About MSPP—Founded in 1974 as an independent graduate school of psychology, MSPP provides unique training programs for mental health professionals at the doctoral, master's and certificate level, each designed to immerse students in both academic study and real-life clinical experience. Constantly assessing and evolving to meet the needs of the needs of a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse society, MSPP currently offers programs to train highly skilled professionals to care for Latinos, veterans, children and adolescents and families in a variety of settings, including the schools, the courts, the community and the workplace, among others.