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  1. Shanna Katz Kattari
    Shanna Kattari Quoted in The San Diego Union-Tribune on Sexual Stereotypes

    Associate Professor Shanna Kattari spoke with The San Diego Union-Tribune about sexuality and disability.

    “I think, even something as simple as bringing up conversations around sexuality and desire with disabled folks is huge because it’s often something that’s not talked about at all,” said Kattari. “When people don’t see themselves in media, they don’t see themselves in the sex ed conversations that are happening (if they’re lucky enough to even be included in sex ed because a lot of young, disabled people are trekked out of classrooms during the sex education portion), then they don’t have the words, the language, the skill set to talk about needs and desires.”

  2. Anao Zhang
    Anao Zhang Receives The Avery D. Weisman & J. William Worden Award for New Investigators

    Assistant Professor Anao Zhang has received the 2024 Avery D. Weisman & J. William Worden Award for New Investigators from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) for 2024. This award is presented to a junior scientist who makes outstanding research contributions in the field of psychosocial oncology. 

    “I am humbled and honored to receive this year's new investigator award. I appreciate APOS supporting me in attending this year's annual conference. I look forward to continuing my research to advance health equity for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors, especially those from underserved backgrounds.”

  3. Ashley E. Cureton
    Ashley Cureton Selected as LEAD Global Training Program Fellow

    Assistant Professor Ashley Cureton was recently selected to be a fellow for the LEAD Global Training Program of Washington University in St. Louis. This training program is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Program. She will undergo an intensive 10-week summer training in the U.S. and Uganda to develop skills and experiences needed to lead multi-disciplinary, collaborative research teams focused on health disparities in low-resource communities.

    "I am thrilled to be selected for this prestigious program which will enable me to gain more skills on how to engage in community-engaged mental health research in global spaces and build on previous global work in countries like South Africa, Zambia, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, and India,” said Cureton. “I am confident that this experience will propel my future in a meaningful way as I design and implement school-based, mental health interventions and support for refugee and migrant populations, particularly for children and youth, in the U.S. and globally.”

    • March 19, 2024
  4. Daphne C. Watkins
    Daphne Watkins’ Book Receives 2024 Most Promising New Textbook Award

    Professor Daphne Watkins’ book "Secondary Data in Mixed Methods Research" has won a 2024 Most Promising New Textbook Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. The award recognizes excellence in first edition textbooks and learning materials. Works are judged by textbook authors and subject matter experts for their merits in four areas: pedagogy, content/scholarship, writing, and appearance and design.

  5. Julie M. Ribaudo
    Julie Ribaudo Elected to Executive Committee of WAIMH

    Clinical Professor Julie Ribaudo was elected to a four-year term on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), a nonprofit organization for scientific and educational professionals. WAIMH's central aim is to promote the mental well-being and healthy development of infants worldwide, taking into account cultural, regional and environmental variations, and to generate and disseminate scientific knowledge.

  6. M. Candace Christensen
    M. Candace Christensen Named a U-M Public Engagement Faculty Fellow

    Associate Professor M. Candace Christensen has been named a Public Engagement Faculty Fellow by the U-M Office of the Vice President for Research.  The fellowship offers an opportunity for faculty members to consider how they can prioritize outward engagement in their scholarly activity and translate it into meaningful public impacts.

    “My vision for who I want to be as a professional scholar in 5-10 years is to be exceptionally proficient at translating my own research, but also a guide, mentor, and leader for translating research into accessible, engaging, practical, and useful knowledge,” said Christensen. “The Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship will provide me with the mentorship, social networks, skills, and resources to achieve these goals.”

    Six School of Social Work Professors Selected as SSWR Conference Cluster Co-Chairs

    Six School of Social Work Professors have been selected to serve as cluster co-chairs for the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference. Cluster chairs play a significant role in the abstract review and development of the abstract-based program content for the SSWR annual conference.

    Associate Professor Lindsay Bornheimer — Mental Health cluster

    Assistant Professor James Ellis — Black and African Diaspora Focused-Research cluster

    Assistant Professor Odessa Gonzalez Benson — Race and Ethnicity cluster

    Associate Professor Shanna Kattari — Gender cluster

    Associate Professor Kathryn Maguire-Jack — Inequality, Poverty, and Social Welfare Policy cluster

    Associate Professor Camille Quinn — Black and African Diaspora Focused-Research cluster

  8. Greer Hamilton
    Greer Hamilton Selected as an Agent of Change Fellow

    Research Fellow Greer Hamilton, PhD ’23, has been selected as an Agent of Change Fellow. Sponsored by the Environmental Health News and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, the program is designed to empower emerging leaders from historically excluded backgrounds in science and academia to reimagine solutions for a just and healthy planet.

  9. Shanna Katz Kattari
    Shanna Kattari Discusses Polyamory in USA Today

    Associate Professor Shanna Kattari spoke with USA Today about polyamory, the changing attitudes towards monogamy and increased interest in different relationship styles. "The more that even monogamous people are willing to learn and educate themselves about polyamory, the better it is for everyone," said Kattari.

    Shanna Katari Speaks with Marketplace About Job Discrimination Faced by Transgender People

    Associate Professor Shanna Katari spoke with NPR’s Marketplace about job discrimination and the role it plays in the higher rates of economic hardship that transgendered people face in the U.S. “So it might not be something as explicit as ‘I’m not hiring you because you’re trans,’ but ‘I’m not hiring you because you don’t match my idea of what a woman should look like,’” they said.

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