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CRF Dissertation Fellowships in Family Research

Jennifer Withrow

Jennifer Withrow, a Ph.D. candidate in the economics department, received a $5,000 CRF Dissertation fellowship to support her work on the farm-to-urban migration of women during the U.S. farm crisis of the 1920s and 1930s. Her dissertation addresses the mechanisms that drove female rural-to-urban migration during the early twentieth century. These mechanisms serve as important examples for the way family decision-making can influence gendered migration streams during economic crisis 

Under the mentorship of her advisor, Dr. Carol Heim, Jennifer has created a novel longitudinal...Read more

CRF Dissertation Fellowships in Family Research

Alice Fiddian-Green

Alice Fiddian-Green, recipient of a $10,000 Dissertation Fellowship is a PhD Candidate in Community Health Education in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Under the mentorship of Dr. Aline Gubrium, her current research is focused on identifying critical turning points throughout the life course that influence opioid use and treatment trajectories among pregnant and parenting women. Her dissertation will examine macro-level (scientific), meso-...Read more

CRF Dissertation Fellowships in Family Research

Erica Kowsz

Erica Kowsz, is a 2019–2020 recipient of a $5,000 Dissertation Fellowship and a PhD Candidate in the Anthropology Department. Kowsz’s dissertation research examines the government policies for recognition of indigenous people that were developed from the 1970s through the 1990s in two distinct research contexts: that of the Sami in Norway and that of Native Americans in the U.S., with a focus on the story of Nipmuc people in southern New England. Ultimately, Kowsz’s research focuses on forms and modes of social relation, with a focus on the tension between how identities are expressed...Read more

CRF Dissertation Fellowships in Family Research

Sarah Winokur

Sarah Winokur, a PhD candidate in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program, is the recipient of the $10,000 CRF Dissertation Fellowship. Under the mentorship of Dr. Mariana Pereira, Sarah's dissertation research focuses on discovering molecular and neuro-chemical mechanisms associated with depressive-like cognitive and motivational dysfunctions that predict parenting disturbances in new mother rats. Over the next year, Sarah’s work will assess how identified candidate genes in the brain functionally contribute to a depressive maternal behavior phenotype. Understanding this complex...Read more

CRF Family Research Methodological Studies Award

Sofiya Shreyer

Sofiya Shreyer is a first year graduate student in the Anthropology Department. Under the guidance of Dr. Lynnette Sievert, she is studying grandmotherhood, variation in caretaking behaviors, and the impact of child-rearing on both grandmaternal and children’s health and well-being. Her master’s thesis will be examining differences in health and behavior of maternal and paternal grandmothers in Ukraine. Read more

CRF Family Research Travel Award (Spring)

Kyle Kainec

Kyle Kainec, recipient of a $300 Spring Travel Award, is a PhD
candidate in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program who graduated from
The Ohio State University. Working with Dr. Rebecca Spencer he utilizes
fMRI, DTI, and high-density EEG, in order to investigate age-related
changes in procedural learning consolidation following sleep. In
addition he is exploring targeted memory reactivation, in which learned
sensory cues are used to strengthen memories in the sleeping brain, to
explore how memory reactivation during sleep affects related...Read more

CRF Family Research Travel Award (Spring)

Ragini Saira Malhotra

Ragini Saira Malhotra

2018-2019:

Ragini Saira Malhotra, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, is the recipient of a $300 CRF travel award.

2017-2018:

Ragini Saira Malhotra, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, is the recipient of a $500 CRF dissertation award. Under the guidance of Dr. Joya Misra, her dissertation will explore migrant children’s experiences of paid and unpaid work across family and non-family settings in India. Combing interviews with children and adults, and ethnographic data and basic time...Read more

CRF Family Research Travel Award (Fall)

Jasmine Dixon

Jasmine Dixon is a PhD candidate in the Clinical Psychology Program, working under the mentorship of Dr. Rebecca Ready. Her research interests are in racial/ethnic differences in risk factors for Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's disease, and other dementias. Jasmine was a recipient of the CRF Fall Travel Award in 2018 to help fund travel expenses for The International Neuropsychological Society 47th Annual Meeting in New York City from February 20-23, 2019. She will be presenting her poster titled, "Ethnic Group Differences in Predictors of Cognitive Performance for Midlife Women...Read more

CRF Family Research Travel Award (Fall)

Aneliese Apala

Aneliese Apala is a Master of Public Health candidate concentrating on Community Health Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In her time at UMass, she has been a part of research related to American Indian/Alaska Native suicide prevention through resilience, gender and sexuality empowerment and education in elementary age students, and American Indian/Alaska Native women matriculating into postgraduate studies. Prior to the pursuit of her master’s, Aneliese was a Senior Scientist for a pharmaceutical contract research organization in Richmond, VA and volunteered with an...Read more

CRF Family Research Travel Award (Fall)

Sungha Kang

Sungha Kang is a PhD candidate in the clinical psychology program, working with Dr. Lisa Harvey. Her research interests involve ethnic and racial disparities in ADHD assessment and diagnosis. In particular, her master's thesis aimed to examine the mechanisms associated with perceptions of ADHD-related behaviors in African-American children, such as cultural expectations of child behavior, stigma related to mental disorders, experiences with discrimination, and racial attitudes. She is also interested in the role of social systems (e.g., parents and schools) in ethnic minority children's...Read more

CRF Family Research Undergraduate Student Assistantship

Joseph McGaunn

Joseph McGaunn, recipent of the $3000 CRF Undergraduate Research Assistantship, is a Junior honors student double-majoring in Biochemistry/Molecular biology and Psychology (Neuroscience Track). He is also a member of the UMass Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program on the biomedicine track. He will be continuing his honors thesis work under Dr. Alexander Suvorov in Environmental Health Sciences, characterizing how environmental factors such as the age and chemical exposures of fathers may impact neruodevelopment and behavior of their children using mouse models. He has been...Read more

CRF Graduate Student Grant Writing Program

Kyle Kainec

2019-2020

Kyle Kainec, recipient of a $300 Spring Travel Award, is a PhD candidate in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program who graduated from The Ohio State University. Working with Dr. Rebecca Spencer he utilizes fMRI, DTI, and high-density EEG, in order to investigate age-related changes in procedural learning consolidation following sleep. In addition he is exploring targeted memory reactivation, in which learned sensory cues are used to strengthen memories in the sleeping brain, to explore how memory reactivation during sleep affects related memory traces...Read more

CRF Dissertation Award

Aaron Foote

Aaron Foote, recipient of a $500 CRF Dissertation Award is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a native of Flint, Michigan, where his dissertation research, under the guidance of Dr. Dan Clawson, interrogates the social, political and health effects that a man-made water disaster has...Read more

CRF Dissertation Award

Krystal Cashen

Krystal Cashen is a 2019-20 recipient of a $500 Dissertation Award and a PhD candidate in developmental science in the department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Under the mentorship of her advisor, Dr. Harold Grotevant, Krystal’s research broadly focuses on the experiences of young adults who grew up in adoptive and/or LGBTQ+ parented families. Her dissertation will examine the ways in which young adults with LGBQ+ parents/caregivers develop a sense of identity around their experiences and/or connection to the broader LGBT+ community and how these may serve as a source of...Read more

CRF Dissertation Award

Blair Harrington

Blair Harrington, recipient of a $500 research award, is a PhD Candidate in the Sociology Department. Her dissertation--which builds upon her Master's Thesis and second comprehensive exam--will examine the relationship between social class, the receipt and provision of familial support, and student well-being for Asian American undergraduates. It compares four-year and two-year college students and aims to challenge monolithic depictions of Asian American students and their families. Blair is also part of a research team with her mentor, Naomi Gerstel, and other doctoral students in the...Read more

CRF Pre-Dissertation Fellowship

Hallie Brown

Hallie Brown, recipient of a $10,000 Pre-dissertation Fellowship is a third year graduate student in the Early Behavior Lab, supervised by Dr. Lisa Harvey. Her research interests include the early development of ADHD symptoms and factors that influence ADHD in children, including family environment. Her master's thesis examined the psychometric properties of ADHD symptoms in toddlers. For the CRF fellowship year, her project will examine how factors such as inhibitory...Read more