January 2019 Newsletter


Fellows: If you are in Cohorts One-Six and plan to attend (or would like to present your work) the mid-year meeting in Phoenix Feb. 27-Mar.1, please confirm your plans with Mickie (manderson@chapinhall.org) to be sure we have a hotel room reserved for you!


Research to Action Grant Pilot Program Recipients Announced


The Research to Action Grants is a new initiative generously funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Inc. It provides an opportunity for three teams of Doris Duke fellows and their policy or practice partner to apply research strategies to address a specific policy or practice issue. Congratulations to the following teams:

The three teams will meet prior to the mid-year meeting to kick off their projects. Congrats again!


Spotlight: Alayna Schreier, Cohort Four fellow


Alayna Schreier, Cohort Four fellow, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Division of Prevention and Community Research and the Consultation Center at Yale School of Medicine. She recently published an article about Early Head Start home visitors in the Children and Youth Services Review with her policy mentor, Brian Wilcox, Director of the Center on Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her academic mentor, David Hansen, Director of the Law-Psychology Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Alayna also co-authored a manuscript in the Journal of Child and Family Studies discussing service dosage and usage in an early childhood system.

Alayna’s continued collaboration with her fellowship mentors is a great example of the importance of developing strong partnerships to create applied research that impacts child well-being.


New Resources: Tip Sheets


In an effort to sustain the fellowship’s mission and network, the Chapin Hall fellowships team is working to harness the knowledge of our fellows through a series of tip sheets to help answer questions, provide guidance, and share best practices on topics related to the field. Each tip sheet is fellow-produced, collaborated, and edited and we are excited to share with you the first three:

Funding Tip Sheet

Writing Tip Sheet

Collaboration Tip Sheet

Thanks to all the fellows who contributed to these documents. Please feel free to share with your networks. Tip sheets will be created on an ongoing basis and will be published under the new “Resources” tab on the website. If you are interested in collaborating on a topic, please reach out to Lee Ann at lhuang@chapinhall.org.


Fellows Assemble at SSWR 2019


Many graduated and current fellows convened at the 2019 SSWR Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA. A happy hour event was held for fellows, mentors, and colleagues on Thursday, January 17. It was great to see so many familiar faces!


Fellows Updates:


Debby Moon, Cohort Eight fellow, accepted an offer for an assistant professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. Debby will start in the fall of 2019. Congrats!




Sarah Prendergast, Cohort Seven fellow, was awarded the Colorado State University College of Health and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student Award. She also first-authored a brief on CAPTA with her policy mentor that was distributed at two congressional briefings in December.


Christina Padilla, Cohort Seven fellow, co-authored a paper in Academic Pediatrics on Maternal Depression.

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Cohort Seven Small Group consisting of Bridget Cho, Catherine Kuhns, Kenneth Feder, Sarah Prendergast, and Lindsay Zajac, partnered with other Doris Duke fellows Judith Scott, Cohort Five and Julia Fleckman, Cohort Six. They were accepted for a symposium at the SRCD Meeting on the effects of child maltreatment.

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An all-fellows professional development workshop will also be held at the SRCD Meeting entitled “Forming interdisciplinary partnerships to engage communities in the promotion of Child well-being.” This workshop will be led by Cohort Five fellows, Ericka Lewis, Francesca Longo, Kelly Jedd McKenzie, and Judith Scott.


Upcoming Dates: