In 1988, when program founder Helen B. Landgarten retired, the department inaugurated the Helen B. Landgarten Scholar award. The award, which may be given yearly to a graduating student, recognizes academic success, competency in clinical work and leadership skills. The department congratulates Chauney Peck as the 2015 Helen B. Landgarten Scholar.
Chauney is currently working with children and families as an art therapist and clinician at ChildNet Youth and Family Services in Long Beach, California. Before becoming an art therapist, Chauney lived in Seattle and practiced as a visual artist and art teacher. She exhibited her artwork nationally and received awards for her paintings and sculptures. While working as an artist, she volunteered at food banks and shelters in order to connect with the community. Chauney shifted careers when finding art therapy met two goals simultaneously: working with art and facilitating positive changes in the lives of others. She plans to continue working in community mental health and after earning her license resume a part-time studio art practice.