Dr. Mouratidis Awarded Meritorious Civilian Service Medal

Maria Mouratidis, Psy.D., professor and Chair of the Psychology Department and Chair of the Criminology Department, was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal from the Office of the Secretary of the Army. This medal, the second-highest award and medal provided to civilian employees within agencies of the federal government of the United States, is in recognition of her expertise, leadership, and service.
Maria Mouratidis teaching in front of a class

Dr. Mouratidis, a licensed clinical psychologist and scientist, served the Department of Defense (DoD) by providing clinical services to returning service members from Iraq and Afghanistan. Since joining the NDMU faculty, she has continued to provide voluntary service to the DoD by serving on Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program external advisory boards, and through her appointed service on the Army Science Board since 2012. 

As part of her service, Dr. Mouratidis helped design and initially treat 182 injured soldiers from the Afghanistan war with psychological and traumatic brain damage issues. Her 2005 four-year commitment turned into an ongoing dedication to service in escalating volunteer and governance positions to this day.

“My faith-based liberal arts education had superbly prepared me to do this in a way I could not have imagined,” said Dr. Mouratidis. “I joined NDMU to contribute to the formation of students as leaders to transform the world, as only the liberal arts can do so that we can instill in our students similar values and a similar commitment to service.”

Learn more about the Psychology and Criminology programs at NDMU.

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