January 22, 2018
Assistant Professor of Community Health Education Elizabeth Evans is among the eight faculty members who have been named Public Engagement Faculty Fellows by the Public Engagement Project (PEP). The fellows will draw on their substantial research record to impact policy, the work of practitioners and public debates. They will also receive a stipend and technical training in communicating with non-academic audiences, and travel to Beacon Hill to share their research with lawmakers.
Evans studies how the opioid epidemic and other types of substance abuse affect men and women differently. As a PEP fellow, she will write policy briefs, develop an online presence, and engage criminal justice leaders, focusing on prevention and intervention strategies that address the different needs of women and men.
“We are excited about continuing to build an interdisciplinary network of publicly engaged faculty at UMass. More than ever, we need university-based scholars to share their research outside the academy so that journalists, policymakers, practitioners and others can use it,” said Amy Schalet, director of the Public Engagement Project.
The Public Engagement Project is a faculty-driven initiative building on a collaboration of the Institute for Social Science Research and the Center for Research on Families. This is the fourth cohort of Public Engagement Faculty Fellows.