September 2017 Newsletter


Doris Duke Fellowships Annual Meeting 2017 A Success!

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Earlier this month, current Doris Duke Fellows from Cohorts Six and Seven came together in Chicago for the fellowships’ Annual Meeting. Each cohort spent two days at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago getting to know one another and their research pursuits, listening to presentations from various experts across the field of child well-being, and participating in skill-building workshops. The in-person Annual Meeting in September and the Mid-Year Meeting in the spring are great opportunities to begin to build the interdisciplinary network that fellows describe as being one of the most beneficial parts of participating in the fellowship. The fellowship staff would like to thank Christopher Monk, Kaela Byers, Eve Ewing, Jennifer Geiger, Sisi Guo, Theresa Hawley, Kimber Bogard, Marrianne McMullen, Fred Wulczyn, Amy Dworsky, Emily Wiegand, and Ellen Pinderhughes for presenting during the Annual Meeting!

We look forward to connecting with all current fellows, as well as graduated fellows, in April 2017 at the Mid-Year Meeting at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center!

Fellows' Survey Results Reveal High Rate of Proposal Funding and other Exciting Findings

A group of Doris Duke fellows, led by Jackie Duron and Kerri Raissian, recently surveyed the fellowship network, revealing exciting findings regarding fellows’ experience working in various content areas, with different populations and datasets, and successful receipt of funding for proposals. Some findings are included below:

  • Doris Duke fellows have completed research in over 18 areas including child welfare and foster care systems (57%), mental health and well-being (50%), and home visiting and maltreatment prevention (35%). Other areas include homelessness (8%), disabilities (7%), and human trafficking (1%).

  • Doris Duke fellows have completed research focusing on 19 groups, including infants and toddlers (50%), adolescents and young adults (49%), and school-aged children (47%). Other areas include research on LGBTQ youth (2%), dual langauge learners (2%), and frontline workers (1%).

  • Doris Duke fellows have completed research using over 30 datasets, including NSCAW (19%), the American Community Survey (14%),a nd NCANDS (12%). Primary research has been completed using over 150 sources.

  • Doris Duke fellows and alumni have submitted requests for proposals for more than 137 projects and have received over 95 awards, including funding from foundations (20%), institutions (17%), the National Institutes of Health (13%), and the Administration for Children and Families (12%).

More information about our fellows and their areas of expertise and interest can be found on the Expertise page on our website.

Save the Date: Doris Duke Fellows Session at APHA, November 6

10 Doris Duke fellows will present at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in a session organized by Cohort Four fellow Abby Ross. The session is titled, "Prevention of Child Maltreatment: Multiple Approaches and Perspectives."

If you will be at APHA in Atlanta this year, feel free to join the Doris Duke Fellowships Roundtable Session on Monday, November 6 from 12:30 PM to 2 PM ET!


New Fellows' Blog Post:
Economic Reform is About More than Money; It's About Strengthening Families

In a new blog post on the Doris Duke Fellowships Blog, Cohort Five Fellows Charlotte HeleniakNathanael OkpychJared W. ParrishCassandra Robertson, and Emily Warren examine the impacts of economic reform on child maltreatment and the well-being of children and families and call for elected officials to prioritize economic policies to support families.

This blog presents the research of current and graduated Doris Duke Fellows. The content of the blog postings represents the individual opinions of the authors and in no way represents the opinions or positions of the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, or Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

APSAC Young Membership Rate

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) envisions a world where all maltreated or at-risk children and their families have access to the highest level of professional commitment and service. An integral part of accomplishing this vision is ensuring the next generation of leaders in the field have access to the information, resources, at network APSAC provides. As one important step in accomplishing this, APSAC initiated: The Young American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (YAPSAC), a division of APSAC designed to serve students and young professionals 5 or fewer years out of school.

Membership in YAPSAC will include all regular APSAC benefits, as well as several specialized opportunities including:

  • Special resources crafted for early career professionals--including resume tips, student loan information, and more.

  • The chance to write for research to practice briefs on hot topics to be disseminated through APSAC media, including the new YAPSAC newsletter.

  • The opportunity to plan and participate in Colloquium programming designed for young professionals.

  • Mentoring opportunities.

  • The ability to meet and network with other students and young professionals across the U.S.

  • The opportunity to join monthly YAPSAC planning calls and play a role in developing additional programs/resources available to young members.

As emerging leaders in the field of Prevention, your participation in YAPSAC would serve as an opportunity to take an important role within a professional society and mentor newer professionals hoping to expand their knowledge and network. Your expertise both in your fields of study and in navigating an early career in academia make you ideal leaders in YAPSAC.

If you are already an APSAC member and are interested in participating in YAPSAC, email Bri Stormer at If you are not yet a member, you may join at the rate of $95 young professional rate. Use the offer code YAPSAC30 for an additional 30% of membership. YAPSAC is also offering $30/year student memberships. Once you have joined APSAC, email Bri for information on getting involved with YAPSAC.

Noteworthy Resource: Resources to Help Children in the Aftermath of a Hurricane from Child Trends

Numerous hurricanes in the past month have caused severe destruction both nationally and abroad. Child Trends provides an informative blog post on how to support children in the aftermath of a natural disaster, with links to additional resources from other organizations. You can read the blog post here.