Fulbright Scholar



As noted by Sali Asih, she always wanted to study abroad. After getting a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, she applied for scholarship from the Australian government to obtain a second Master’s Degree in Australia at the University of Adelaide. This degree specialized in grief and palliative care counseling.

Sali has stated that “studying abroad gave me an opportunity to greatly widen my knowledge in a number of areas. It proved to be beneficial as I began my career as a Junior Faculty member at my alma mater. However, I still wanted more. This time I wanted to purse my doctoral program in the center of modern psychology, and that was the United States. Receiving a Fulbright Scholarship enables me to pursue my dream.”
The Fulbright Program is a legacy of the late U.S. Senator, J. William Fulbright, with the goal to increase mutual understanding between the U.S and residents of other countries. The Fulbright is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government. It is very prestigious and competitive, with less than 5% of applicants from

Sali’s country granted the Ph.D. Presidential Fulbright scholarship.  
Sali further stated that: “I enrolled in the Health Psychology Doctoral program at UT Arlington in 2010, working under the supervision of Dr. Robert J. Gatchel, a leading expert in pain research. He was one of the main reasons I choose UT Arlington. Dr. Gatchel’s Center of Excellence for the Study of Health and Chronic Illnesses provided a great opportunity to develop my skills as a clinical researcher. I learned to not only conduct research in the field of psychology, but also in the medical field. It was very challenging and rewarding at the same time. Several peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals are a testament of how rewarding this was for me. I also had the opportunity to widen my international network through faculty members, fellow students, and conference attendees. In retrospect, I made the correct decision in choosing UT Arlington.”

Sali successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation, entitled ”Long Length of Disability in a Chronic Disabling Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorder Population: Characteristics, Treatment Responsiveness and One-Year Socioeconomic Outcomes” on July 29, 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Gatchel. She has taken a position as Lecturer, Department of Psychology at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta.