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The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology Announces the 11th Annual Lucero Memorial 5K

Annual run/walk honors MSPP graduate Dr. Cynthia Lucero and will follow route of Marathon in Newton for first time

September 18, 2012–Newton, MA–On Sunday, September 23, 2012, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) will host the 11th Annual Lucero Memorial 5K Run/Walk at Newton City Hall. This is the first time the event will be held in Newton and will follow a stretch of the Boston Marathon route.

The Run will start at 10:30 am at Newton City Hall at 1000 Commonwealth Avenue following opening remarks and refreshments in the War Memorial Room. This year’s event includes a fundraising raffle with prizes like a Keurig coffee maker, iPods and more.

“On the 11th anniversary of this run, we are tremendously proud of the program it supports. With less than 2% of mental health providers fluent in Spanish or the Latino culture, and Latinos making up an increasingly large percentage of our population, the need for competent mental health care providers is more important now than ever,” said Dr. Nicholas Covino, President of MSPP.

The Lucero Run/Walk was created as a memorial for Dr. Cynthia Lucero, a well-loved, community-oriented, MSPP graduate from Ecuador, who completed her doctoral degree days before the start of the 2002 Boston Marathon, during which she collapsed and died.

The Lucero Latino Mental Health Program, created in her name, trains MSPP’s graduate-level psychology students to provide culturally sensitive mental health care to the Latino population. Funds raised by the Run provide scholarships to help send the Latino Mental Health Program students to Ecuador and Costa Rica for an intensive four-week summer immersion program.

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 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.

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