MSPP Thirty-Third Commencement, 2013
Doctorate of Humane Letters
Janice Furtado, while a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Department, tragically died of an autoimmune disorder, just days before her 32nd birthday. In her all too brief life, Janice made a great difference. At MSPP, she was among the student-veterans who partnered with the faculty and administration to create the Military Veterans Psychology (MVP℠) program. In the earliest days of the Train Vets to Treat Vets℠ initiative, Janice shaped the program goals and set the tone of collaboration and service. Sgt. Furtado was an Air Force combat veteran with eight years of service across the world. After her discharge from the Air Force, she continued to serve veterans and their families as a readjustment counselor with the VA. Janice was a voice for the woman warrior, an indefatigable worker, a loving friend, and a diligent and enthusiastic student. Her warm smile and engaging manner lit the lives of those who encountered her and, while she is terribly missed, her contributions live on.