Rachel Herman, a fourth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program, is the recipient of a $500 CRF dissertation award. Rachel graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Clark University and received her M.S in clinical psychology from Umass Amherst. Working under the guidance of Dr. Maureen Perry-Jenkins, her research focuses on how social and contextual factors influence health disparities, family processes and child wellbeing. Her dissertation research will evaluate the efficacy of a group-based preventative intervention aimed at reducing depression and stress (both psychosocial and physiological-cortisol) among first-time, low-income mothers and their partners early in the prenatal period.