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Natasha de la Rosa-Rivera, 2019 Graduate Student Grant Writing Program Member Receives NIH Funding

Improving the Diagnosis and Treatment of Memory Disorders in Aging and Alzheimer's 

Natasha M. de la Rosa-Rivera, a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program, and 2019 CRF Graduate Student Grant Writers Program member was recently named as a recipient of an NIH dissertation award (R36) to complete and further her research. Receiving this award will allow Natasha to test her overarching hypothesis that brain regions contribute to a cognitive task – be it perceptual or mnemonic – according to the representations they contain. 

Mélise Edwards (Grant Writing Program 2019-20) and her advisor, Agnès Lacreuse (Family Research Scholar 2013-14), are among the 50 winners of this year’s Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study for dissertation adviser–graduate student pairs.

The past 2 years have been exceptionally successful for former Graduate Student Grant Writing program member Mélise Edwards (2019-20). Among her many accomplishments, she was awarded a Ford Foundation grant and named a recipient of the Wendy Helmer Graduate Student Award a peer-nominated award given annually to Psychological and Brain Sciences graduate students who work to improve the quality of life in the department and/or their program. Most recently she has been named winner of the Gilliam Fellowship alongside her advisor, Agnès Lacreuse, a former Family Research Scholar in 2012-13 and close faculty affiliate of our Center. Read more about the duo and their award here and join us in celebrating our two colleagues on this notable achievement. 

Linda Tropp (FRS 2009-10) Works with International Team to Determine Effective Means of Promoting Social Change

Linda Tropp (FRS 2009-10), professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, worked alongside a team of 23 international researchers to examine what it takes for people to commit to taking action to promote social equality.

Alicia Timme-Laragy (FRS 2019-20) Presents to Task Force on the Presence of PFAS in Community Water Systems Statewide

An expert on developmental toxicology, Dr. Alicia Timme-Laragy has been working with state legislators on the potential health risks posed by PFAS chemicals through her work as a UMass Public Engagement Faculty Fellow through the Public Engagement Project (PEP) a program on campus with strong ties to CRF. 

Introducing the 2021-22 Graduate Grant Writing Program Cohort

The Center for Research on Families is pleased to announce the 2021-22 cohort of the Graduate Student Grant Writing Program. The students were selected to join this highly competitive program based on their promising work in family research. Dr. Rebecca Spencer, professor of psychological and brain sciences, will lead the 9-month program which supports students through the development of NIH, NSF, Ford Foundation, and similar pre-doctoral fellowship proposals.