Featured Fellowship Articles

Featured Fellowship Articles showcases various learning activities of the Fellowships, including webinars and small group projects. Whether you are interested in applying to the Doris Duke Fellowships or are a current fellow looking for inspiration of what others have accomplished or created, look no further than Featured Fellowship Articles!

Spring 2017

"To The Citizens Of The United States: Our Children Need Your Protection"

Fellows' Op-Ed Published in the Huffington Post

A small group of fellows from Cohort Six recently published an op-ed piece in The Huffington Post titled, "To The Citizens Of The United States: Our Children Need Your Protection." The piece is addressed to fellow U.S. citizens and asks them to engage politically and encourage their Congressional representatives to support initiatives that help all children, regardless of background, reach their full potential.

Cohort Six Fellows Julia FleckmanMelissa Marquardt, Alison GiovanelliRachel Katz, and Jennifer Daer Shields collaborated on the piece as part of their small group participation as Doris Duke Fellows. This op-ed is an exciting example of fellows engaging with research to inform policy, a unique feature of the Doris Duke Fellowships. 

Fall 2016

Doris Duke Fellowships Small Group Projects:

The Results of Interdisciplinary Collaboration


Doris Duke fellows participate in a number of different learning activities during their time in the fellowship, including webinars, in-person meetings, and group projects. Fellows in each cohort are organized into smaller groups based on common research interests or population interests, and fellowship staff members strive to make each "small group" as interdisciplinary as possible. While fellows work together for their active years in the fellowship, many continue to collaborate after completing their doctoral programs.

The goals of the small group are to facilitate relationship-building among the fellows; advance the development of a learning community; provide opportunities to share work, ask questions, and seek advice from a variety of disciplines and perspectives; and complete a minimum of one collaborative project (i.e., written product). 

Cohort Four Fellows Rosemary Bernstein, Aislinn Conrad-Hiebner, Brianna Lemmons, Abigail Ross, and Chelsea Smith were grouped together based on their common research interests in parenting. For their small group project, this group of fellows presented a poster at the annual colloquium of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). "Child Maltreatment in Stressful Circumstances: Implications for Parenting in Diverse Families" explores the increasing diversity of family environments and the connection between parenting and the risk and protective factors associated with child abuse in three diverse, high-risk populations: military spouses, non-resident African American fathers, and low-income urban families.



Summer 2016

Services Matter:

How Housing and Services Can End Family Homelessness


Cohort Five fellow Jenna Montgomery Armstrong and her policy mentor, Dr. Carmela DeCandia, co-presented on the intersection of research and policy for families without homes. The webinar focused on the characteristics of families experiencing homelessness, the effects of homelessness on child functioning, and what is known about the role service provision plays in supporting these families.


Dr. Carmela DeCandia, Policy Mentor, Advisory Committee Chair for the Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children and Youth (cj@drdecandia.com); Jenna Montgomery Armstrong, Cohort Five Fellow, North Carolina State University (jmmontg2@ncsu.edu).