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Congratulations on these recent fellowships awarded to Psychology folks!

Psychology major, Melissa Baker, has been awarded a Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship.  She will work with faculty mentor, Dr. Mimi Le on a project titled, "The Relationship Between Physical Activity Levels & Postpartum Depression Symptoms at 6 Weeks Postpartum".

Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student, Sanam (Sammy) Dhaliwal, has been awarded  a George Washington University Summer Dissertation Fellowship for her project, "The Role of Sleep Disruption in the Onset of Perinatal Depression"  Sammy's faculty mentor is Dr. Mimi Le.

Applied Social Psychology Ph.D. student, Steffi Renninger, has been awarded a George Washington University Summer Dissertation Fellowship for her project, "Adaptive and Maladaptive Responses to Weight Loss Failure among Middle-Aged Men: The Potential Moderating Role of Achievement Goals." Her faculty mentor is Dr. Tonya Dodge.

Postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Patrick Cox, received an Early Career Travel Grant to attend the upcoming Vision Sciences Society meeting in St. Petersburg, FL in May.  Patrick works with Dr. Steve Mitroff.

Sanam (Sammy) Dhaliwal and Maria Cimporescu, who were awarded Richard Walk Dissertation Fellowships!  Sammy’s research mentor is Dr. Mimi Le, and her project is entitled “The Role of Sleep Disturbance in the Onset of Perinatal Depression”.  Maria’s mentor is Dr. George Howe, and her project is “Stress Appraisal of Anticipatory Stressors Related to the Transition Out of College”

We wish all of them the best in these endeavors!

Congratulations to our alum, Dr. Devin English, on his recent faculty appointment!

Originally published here 

Devin English, Ph.D.

Newswise — NEWARK, NJ - The Rutgers School of Public Health is excited to announce that Devin English, PhD, will be joining the department of urban-global public health as an assistant professor in August.

Dr. English’s work focuses on eliminating health inequities faced by young racial and sexual minorities in the United States. In particular, his career as a researcher and educator is focused on investigating and addressing stigma as a source of health inequities for Black American youth, including young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM).

Dr. English is a clinical community psychologist with a strong health disparities research program, a record of multi-year National Institute of Health (NIH) funding, expertise in advanced quantitative data analysis, and experience in teaching and mentoring.

Dr. English’s current NIH K01 award supports research in partnership with community-based organizations in New York City and Newark to investigate intersectional discrimination, coping, and bio-psychosocial outcomes among young Black GBMSM. The project will culminate in the production of a novel strengths-based mHealth prevention intervention.

“Dr. English is the latest in a series of exceptional faculty members who we have recruited in the last 18 months as we build the new Rutgers School of Public Health,” says dean Perry N. Halkitis. “His work is not only scientifically rigorous, innovative, and relevant, but also in sync with our School’s commitment to social justice and health equity.”

“Dr. English’s research aligns perfectly with the commitments of the department and the school to increase equity and social justice,” comments Leslie Kantor, chair of the department of urban-global public health. “We look forward to the contributions that Dr. English will make to the School, to New Jersey, and to the emerging understanding of how stigma affects health and how systems can and must change.”

“When I decided to pursue a career in research, teaching, and mentoring it was because I believed in the potential for academia to contribute to social change and reduce health inequities by addressing sources of systemic and intersectional oppression. I am so excited to be joining the department of urban-global public health under Dr. Kantor’s leadership, which is prioritizing this type of systemic change through education, advocacy, community engagement, and empowerment,” said Dr. English

Dr. English joins the Rutgers School of Public Health from Hunter College, where he is an assistant research professor. He completed his graduate studies at George Washington University, receiving his PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology. Dr. English completed his postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST).