December 2017 Newsletter


Happy (almost) New Year! As we are just days from welcoming 2018, let’s celebrate the many incredible accomplishments and important updates from the Doris Duke Fellowships network this last month of 2017.


Sustainability Meeting

On December 12, eight Doris Duke Fellows met at Chapin Hall to discuss sustaining the Doris Duke Fellowships network beyond the introduction of new cohorts. These fellows have co-facilitated or participated in one of three workgroups to determine what program elements are important to fellows in maintaining their connections and facilitating interdisciplinary research collaborations moving forward. The group reviewed proposals from the Doris Duke Fellowships team, reviewed findings from a survey of fellows in the network, and brainstormed possibilities for the structure the network may take in the future. Thank you to Kaela Byers, Jackie Duron, Leah Gjertson, Bart Klika, Carlo Panlilio, Megan Hayes Piel, Kerri Raissian, and Lisa Schelbe for their leadership in these workgroups and for helping to shape the future of the fellowships!

Welcome Mickie!


On December 18, the Doris Duke Fellowships and Toxic Stress Research teams at Chapin Hall welcomed Mickie Anderson as a new Project Assistant. Mickie went to DePaul University, where she found her passion for non-profit work and started her career at the anti-hunger/nutrition non-profit, Top Box Foods. Mickie is so honored to be joining the team here at Chapin Hall, as she has always been interested in academic policy research, especially with a focus on children and families. Mickie will work with Sarah Wagener, Fellowship Manager, to support the fellowship’s interdisciplinary peer learning network, and with Jen Axelrod, Policy Fellow, to assist with research and project coordination for the JPB - Toxic Stress Study.

Mickie is thrilled to join the team and looks forward to getting to know everyone. Please feel free to reach out anytime:


Professional Updates

Congratulations to all of our fellows for their continued work promoting child well-being in research and policy development!

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Jennifer Geiger, a Cohort One fellow, and Cynthia Leitz, an Academic Mentor co-published an article in the Journal of Family Social Work focusing on family-centered practices in the child welfare system.


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Lindsey Weil, a Cohort Six fellow, is the recipient of the Lizette Peterson-Homer Injury Prevention Grant. This grant, sponsored by American Psychology Foundation, supports research on the prevention of injuries in children and adolescents.

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Lindsay Zajac, a Cohort Seven fellow, prepared a fact sheet about group care in the United States for her policy mentor, Carole Shauffer. The fact sheet will be posted online on the Quality Parenting Initiative website and shared with judges in California who make decisions about foster care placements for children. Click here for the fact sheet.

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Elizabeth Jarpe-Ratner, a Cohort Five fellow, published and article in the Journal of Family Social Work for her work on family assessment programs in child welfare.

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Wendy Ellis, a Cohort Seven fellow, and Anne De Biasi, her Policy Mentor, have collaborated on two recent projects:

  • Their panel proposal was accepted for the 2018 Association for Maternal and Child Health Programs. They will focus on upstream interventions and collaborations with local health departments to identify, prevent, and mitigate sources of childhood adversity taking a two-generation approach. Their presentation is scheduled for Sunday, February 11th at 1pm.


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