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Fellowships Awarded to Current Ph.D. Students


Danica Love Brown, one of our doctoral students admitted in 2012, has been selected by the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Fellowship Program to receive a Doctoral Clinical Fellowship Award for the 2012-13 academic year. This fellowship is a competitive award made by the Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship Program. The Minority Fellowship Program is designed for social workers, with a social work master's degree, who are preparing for leadership, teaching, consulting, training, policy development, and administration in mental health and substance abuse with ethnic minorities.

The purpose of the program is to increase the number of ethnic minorities with doctoral degrees in social work education and to ensure their active participation in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of mental health and substance abuse programs that provide culturally competent services to racial and ethnic minorities. Ms. Brown’s area of research focuses on understanding how the worldview of indigenous peoples can contribute to the development of behavioral health interventions and programs for urban Native American youth.  

Danica follows in the footsteps of doctoral student, Joseph DeFilippis, who was a 2010 recipient of a CSWE Minority Doctoral Fellowship Award, and is a returning Fellow this year.

Joseph’s area of research focuses on policy issues and disparities in services among LGBT minority and low income people. He would like to pursue a career at a teaching university while continuing to address policy and service issues in underserved LGBT communities. 

Other honored students include Angela Cause who is a recipient of the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, 2011-2013.   Now called the Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of  Child Well-Being, these fellowships are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation's ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment.  Angela is a member of the first cohort of Fellows.

Also for the 2011-2013 academic years, The National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood (QIC-EC), out of the Center for the Study of Social Policy, awarded a doctoral dissertation research support fellowship to Margaret "Peggy" Nygren

Three awards have been given to advanced standing doctoral students conducting research on preventing child maltreatment and promoting child and family well-being among infants and young children (0-5).