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Sandra Burkhardt selected to receive 2008 Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award

For embodying ideals, vision and mission of Little Company of Mary Sisters founder

Chicago (Nov. 13, 2007) –Saint Xavier University is pleased to announce that Sandra Burkhardt, Ph.D., ABPP, professor of psychology, was selected to receive the 2008 Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award. 

Burkhardt will be honored at the Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Center’s Crystal Heart Ball to be held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 at the Field Museum.

The Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals whose personal and professional accomplishments embody the ideals, vision and mission of the Venerable Mary Potter, founder of the Little Company of Mary Sisters. These ideals include making "a visible and positive difference" in the community by providing services for the needy.

Burkhardt’s award recognizes her support of families of children with autism spectrum disorders. Her work involves research, clinical services and community outreach. She founded Project Respect, an educational and recreational program supported by the Community Outreach Program of the Psychology Department of Saint Xavier University. Project Respect aims at heightening community awareness of autism spectrum disorders and their impact on families.

Burkhardt is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood disorders. She is the first woman in Illinois to achieve specialty board certification in clinical child and adolescent psychology. She is a fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology and the Illinois Psychological Association. She is a past recipient of the Saint Xavier Award.

Other distinguished recipients of the Mary Potter Humanitarian Award who have close ties to the University include Sister Rosemary Connelly, R.S.M., (1992), Matt and Rose Lamb (1995), Richard H. Driehaus (1999) and James Tyree (2005).

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