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Dr. Stumblingbear-Riddle wins OPA Distinguished Early Career Award

CPN’s Behavioral Health Department Coordinator, Dr. Glenna Stumblingbear-Riddle, recently won an early career award from the Oklahoma Psychological Association for her work in the field of behavioral health.

According to Gail Poyner, OPA chairman, “Dr. Stumblingbear-Riddle is an exemplary psychologist and shows an ongoing dedication to the profession of psychology”. Poyner continued, “Dr. Stumblingbear-Riddle is very deserving of this honor.”

As part of the honor, Dr. Stumblingbear-Riddle will travel to Washington D.C. to chair the group’s newly formed diversity committee, with the Oklahoma-based health professional saying she will focus on reducing health disparities in tribal communities.

“One reason I became a psychologist was to help reduce health disparities in tribal communities,” said Dr. Stumblingbear-Riddle. “I remain dedicated to this as well focused on social justice and advocacy. In the words of the late Wilma Mankiller (former Chief of the Cherokee Nation) ‘The happiest people I’ve ever met, regardless of their profession, their social standing, or their economic status, are people that are fully engaged in the world around them. The most fulfilled people are the ones who get up every morning and stand for something larger than themselves. They are the people who care about others, who will extend a helping hand to someone in need or will speak up about an injustice when they see it.’

“This is what is important to me and what I strive for each day. We can’t continue to wait around for others outside of our communities to care about our issues. It is important that we do what we can, especially if we are privileged with an advanced degree.”

If you would like to learn more, please call CPN Behavioral Health Services at 405-214-5101.