A Panhandle psychologist was honored at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s May 4 commencement ceremony for her significant contributions to medicine.

Catherine Jones-Hazledine, Ph.D., a psychologist and owner of Western Nebraska Behavioral Health in Rushville received the J.G. Elliott Award.

The award is given for outstanding contributions to medicine and health programs for the state of Nebraska and UNMC. It is given in memory of Jack Elliott, a former Scottsbluff resident, who served on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents for 20 years, until his death in 1974.

Dr. Jones-Hazledine, was honored for her contribution to the state’s rural mental health needs. As owner of Western Nebraska Behavioral Health, she and her staff currently provide care in eight primary care-based clinics located in Alliance, Bridgeport, Chadron, Crawford, Gordon, Rushville, Scottsbluff and Valentine.