Awards & Honors Federal Research Awards National Research Honors University of Pennsylvania Awards School of Social Policy & Practice PhD Program Awards Other Awards & Accomplishments Federal Research Awards Alexandra Schepens – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31), National Institutes of Health, 9/1/2014 – 8/31/2017, $105,409 Yoga Intervention for Substance Use and ART Adherence in Community Reentry. Stacey Barrenger – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31), National Institutes of Health, 1/1/2012-12/31/2013, $83,600 Mental illness and prison reentry intervention in a high risk context Kristie Thomas (PI: Dennis Culhane) – The Early Doctoral Student Research Grant Program and Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 9/30/2008-9/30/2010, $25,000 Homelessness and domestic violence: Examining patterns of shelter use and barriers to permanent housing Sara Wiesel Cullen – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31), National Institutes of Health, $109,218, 9/1/07-8/31/10 Impact of maternal psychotic disorders on pediatric health care utilization Rosemary Frasso – AHRQ Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation (R36), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), 2/1/08-1/31/10, $33,484 Low maternal health literacy: An obstacle to pediatric health care utilization National Research Honors Michael L. Shier, PhD’15, received the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) for the Doctoral Dissertation Award for 2015-2016. Each year NAGS recognizes an outstanding dissertation that has been produced by a PhD candidate at one of its member institutions. The $1,000 award is presented at the annual meeting. Staci Perlman, MSW’01, PhD’10, was selected by the the American Psychological Association Section on Child Maltreatment to receive the Early Career Award in the Field of Child Maltreatment. The award recognizes individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field within eight years of receiving a terminal degree and who have demonstrated the potential to continue such contributions. One award is made each year to a practitioner or researcher whose work has demonstrated an influence on the field of child maltreatment. Sara Wiesel-Cullen, PhD ‘11, and her award (honorable mention for the best dissertation) from the Society for Social Work Research. Her dissertation chair was Professor Phyllis Solomon. Washington, DC: January 2012. Joanna Bisgaier, PhD ’11, received the 2012 Student Research Award for Social Work Research from GADE (Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education). Shown are Jill Duerr Berrick, awards committee chair; Joanna Bisgaier; Karin Rhodes, Joanna’s dissertation chair; and Kia Bentley, Chair Elect of GADE. Washington, DC: January 2012. University of Pennsylvania Awards GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation The award program enables graduate and professional students to engage in a project of their own design to explore, research, and act on critical societal issues. Six are chosen from across the university each year; each receives $6,000 for project work during the summer. 2011 Michelle Evans-Chase: Mindfulness meditation with incarcerated youth: A randomized controlled trial informed by neuropsychosocial and cultural theories of adolescence 2011 Minseop Kim: Maternal work and risk behavior of adolescents: A mediation effect of mother-child communication 2009 Manisha Joshi: Attitudes towards wife-beating among women in Tajikistan: An empirical investigation using Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2005 2009 Huiquan Zhou: Exploring the experiences of volunteer teachers in rural China 2008 Kristie Thomas: Patterns of shelter use among women victims of intimate partner violence: Analysis of an integrated database of domestic violence and emergency homeless shelters 2008 Itay Greenspan: How big is my backyard? Donating time and money to environmental organizations as reflections of environmental concern 2007 Jason Matejkowski: Validation of the personal norm of reciprocity measure for persons with mental illness 2006 Joel Kaplan: Effects of victim input on parole release decisions Center for Teaching and Learning Graduate Fellowship for Teaching Excellence 2009-2010, Rosemary Frasso Samira Ali: Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship Recipient, Tuition and Stipend, 2009-2010 Itay Greenspan: 2010 Goldfein Research Award, Jewish Studies Program, $500 School of Social Policy & Practice PhD Program Awards The Hal Levin Award The Hal Levin Award is presented to a meritorious doctoral student who is continuing the process of completing coursework. All students who are enrolled in classes at the time of award nominations and who have passed their preliminary exams are eligible to be nominated for the award. The recipient is chosen by nomination and voting of the SP2 faculty. Dr. Herman (Hal) Levin was a professor in the School of Social Work. Recent Recipients: 2015-2016: Kalen Flynn 2014-2015: Dan Treglia 2013-2014: Alexandra Scheppens 2012-2013: Elizabeth Noll 2010-2011: Joanna Bisgaier 2009-2010: Julie Tennille 2008-2009: Maayan Schori and Sungkyu Lee 2007-2008: Joel Caplan Chai Doctoral Fellowship The Chai Doctoral Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding student who shows promise for a successful academic career. A fellowship is awarded each year to a PhD student or students at the School of Social Policy & Practice. The donors of this award are Jung Chai W’88 and Nelson Chai C’87. Recent Recipients: 2013-2014: Dan Treglia and Eunhae Kim 2012-2013: Jeffrey Sharlein and Megan Stanton 2011-2012: Daniel Curtis, Micheal Shier and Marlene Walk 2010-2011: Joanna Bisgaier and Minseop Kim 2009-2010: Jonathan Lukens and Huiquan Zhou Heyer Foundation Graduate Prize Fellowship The Heyer Foundation Graduate Prize Fellowship is awarded annually to a doctoral student. The Heyer Foundation Graduate Prize Fellowship was founded by Andrew, W’79 WG’79 and Mindy Heyer, C’79 W’79 WG’80, to provide financial support for a graduate student at the School of Social Policy & Practice. The graduate student selected must be in good academic standing and demonstrate an interest in the school or community. Recent Recipients: 2013-2014: Micheal Shier and Megan Stanton 2012-2013: Alexandra Schepens 2011-2012: Samira Ali and Michelle Evans-Chase 2010-2011: Tom Byrne 2009-2010: Maayan Schori and Casey Bohrman 2008-2009: Itay Greenspan 2007-2008: Sara Cullen Herman Levin Scholarship The Herman Levin Scholarship is awarded to a doctoral student annually for the purpose of assisting a doctoral candidate in their professional education. Dr. Herman Levin was a professor in the School of Social Work. Recent Recipients: 2013-2014: Dexia Kong 2012-2013: Julie Tennille 2011-2012: Stacey Barrenger 2010-2011: Julie Tennille 2009-2010: Itay Greenspan 2008-2009: Huiquan Zhou 2007-2008: Manisha Joshi Other Awards & Accomplishments Minseop Kim: Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship, 2012, $25,000. Minseop Kim: 2012 Employment Instability, Family Well-being, and Social Policy Network small grant, University of Chicago, $6,000. Samira Ali: Exploring mother-child sexual health communication in the sex worker community in Kolkata, Center for Advanced Study of India – Summer Travel Award, Summer 2012. Itay Greenspan: 2011 Annual Doctoral Research Scholarship, Israeli Center for Third Sector Research, Ben Gurion University, Israel, $1,200. Marlene Walk: Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. Lindsey McDougle and Dr. Femida Handy), The role of spirituality in the relationship between volunteering and health outcomes among older adults, 2011/2012 Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program Research and Education Fund, University of Pennsylvania, $6,000. Samira Ali: Leboy-Davies Women’s Studies Fellowship, 2011, $2,500. Jonathan Lukens: The willingness to engage: A factorial survey of clinical social workers’ adherence to the value of client autonomy in treating the severely mentally ill, Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health, 2011, $2,000. Micheal Shier: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship, Government of Canada, 2011-2014, $60,000. Marlene Walk: Research Fellowship, RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, University of Texas at Austin, June 2011, $3,000. Itay Greenspan: 2010 Dissertation Grant, Center for the Study of Philanthropy in Israel, The Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, $1,500. Itay Greenspan: 2010 Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Doctoral Fellow, $1,000. Manisha Joshi: Qualitative study on strangulation as a form of IPV. Seed Grant, The Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence, School of Social Policy & Practice, 2009, $7,800. Maayan Schori: Hoyer Award Merit Scholarship, 2009-2010. Tae Kuen Kim: Y.H. Park Fellowship, $27,560, 2008-2009. Itay Greenspan: 2007 ARNOVA Emerging Scholar Award, $500. Charlene McGrew: Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. Ram Cnaan), Urban-suburban congregational collaborations in the greater Philadelphia area, Penn Institute for Urban Research, Undergraduate Urban Research Program, 2006, $2,000. Joel Caplan: The effect of victim input on parole release decisions, Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, 2005, $3,300. Charlene McGrew: Multi-Site Ethnography of urban-suburban congregational collaborations in the greater Philadelphia area, Constant H. Jacquet Research Grant, Religious Research Association, 2004, $2,500. Charlene McGrew: Summer 2004 Civitas Scholar, Summer institute on faith and public policy sponsored by Center for Public Justice, Brookings Institute and American Enterprise Institute; funded by Pew Foundation.