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PhD student Lorraine Lacroix-Williamson has been named a Fellow of the Fostering Diversity in HIV Research program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This research training program is supported by an R25 grant from the National Institutes of Health. It is designed to assist underrepresented minority trainees in medicine and public health to overcome barriers, advance their careers and enrich scientific discovery. The program provides structured mentoring from faculty at MGH and HSPH supportive of rigorous research in key areas of the HIV continuum of care, both domestically and globally.
Population Health PhD candidate Sameera Nayak was awarded a research seed grant from the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) for her dissertation study titled “Associations between the U.S. immigration policy climate and domestic violence survivors and systems: A mixed-methods study.” The goal of the study is to understand the impact of the immigration policy climate on immigrant domestic violence survivors and domestic violence systems in the Greater Boston area. Specifically, the study examines documentation status, common mental health outcomes, barriers to help-seeking, and service-provision. The project will be carried out in collaboration with Casa Myrna, Boston’s largest provider of domestic violence services. Dr. Beth Molnar is the advisor for this project and Sameera’s dissertation committee chair.
Sociology PhD candidate Alexandra Alden has been awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Alexandra is using qualitative interviews to study how state-level health and mental health agencies are approaching and operationalizing racial and ethnic equity in mental health services.