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Washington, DC, January 21, 2016 — Active Minds announced today the scholars participating in its eighth cycle of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship, the nation’s only program dedicated to supporting research and creative projects by the next generation of leaders in mental health.
The Emerging Scholars Fellowship is a program of Active Minds, Inc., a leading national nonprofit organization working to change the conversation and perception about mental health on college campuses. The Fellowship provides an opportunity for students from a variety of backgrounds to complete funded, independent mental health projects and to be connected with a network of young scholars and national experts in the field of behavioral health. This program is generously supported by The Thomas Scattergood Foundation and The Steve Fund.
“Active Minds is thrilled to welcome these eight students to the Emerging Scholars Fellowship,” said Founder and Executive Director Alison Malmon. “This year’s cohort – the largest in the history of the fellowship – will be researching critical topics related to behavioral health, such as suicide among transgender youth; how gendered racism affects mental health of Asian American Men; the relationship between mental health and cyberbullying; and well-being among students of color at elite institutions of higher education. I’m confident that these scholars will continue our legacy of informing and advancing the ever-changing field of mental health.”
The 2016 Emerging Scholars bring a wide range of knowledge and experiences to the program. The scholars and their research topics are as follows:
- Alfred Delena, who was born and raised on the Pueblo of Zuni reservation in New Mexico and is a senior studying human biology at Stanford University, will examine the lived experience of well-being among first-generation, low-income undergraduate students of color at highly selective universities. Alfred is a 2016 Stephen C. Rose Legacy Scholar.
- Corey Falls, a sophomore studying psychology at Loyola University, seeks to bridge the gap in literature regarding cyberbullying, specifically on social media, and to discover the relationship between anonymous social media and cyberbullying.
- Janelle Goodwill, MSW, a first year PhD candidate studying social work and psychology, plans to synthesize current and previous suicidality literature pertinent to the experience of young black men; identify gaps present within this literature; and use these findings to inform and develop mental health promotion interventions for young black men.
- Cai Guo, a senior studying psychology and philosophy at Dickinson College, aims to examine whether being exposed to negative weight stereotypes leads to greater internalization of weight bias, and whether cognitive dissonance can buffer this effect.
- Quintin Hunt, MS, a second year PhD candidate studying family social science/couple and family therapy at the University of Minnesota, will analyze interviews from the Trans Youth Study to examine suicidal ideation and protective factors in trans youth.
- Matthew Kridel, a second year PhD candidate studying clinical/counseling psychology at the University of Alabama, will use The Healthy Minds Study to further establish evidence for the impact of Active Minds on college campuses by examining three variables: mental health literacy, stigma and help-seeking behavior.
- Tao Liu, MS, MA, a fourth year PhD candidate studying counseling psychology at Indiana University, Bloomington, will investigate how gendered racism is related to mental health among Asian American men.
- Heidi Tuason, MPH, a third year DrPH candidate studying community health sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, aims to uncover stories of mental health challenges and stigma in the Filipino community among students at UCLA, using the methodology of digital storytelling and story circles. Heidi is a 2016 Stephen C. Rose Legacy Scholar.
As part of the Fellowship, scholars will receive financial support to complete their work and be connected to leading experts in the field as National Program Mentors. Past mentors have included Robert Bernstein, PhD, Executive Director of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law; Daniel Eisenberg, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Management & Policy at University of Michigan and Director of The Healthy Minds Network; and Kaja Perina, Editor-in-Chief of Psychology Today. To learn more about the 2016 scholars and their projects, visit www.ActiveMinds.org/Scholars.
About Active Minds
Active Minds is the leading national nonprofit organization that engages students to change the conversation about mental health. The nonprofit is changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation. Through a rapidly growing network of hundreds of student-led chapters at colleges, universities and high schools, Active Minds increases students’ awareness of mental health issues, provides resources regarding mental health and mental illness, and encourages students to seek help as soon as it is needed. Active Minds is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has chapters in nearly every state of the US. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @Active_Minds. For more information visit www.ActiveMinds.org.
About The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation
The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation is a Quaker-based, philanthropic, grant-making foundation committed to raising its voice to improve the system through which behavioral healthcare is delivered in the Philadelphia region and beyond. Since 2008, The Thomas Scattergood Foundation has served as the Visionary Funder for the Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship, having already supported 36 scholars, with an additional six this spring. For more information visit: www.ScattergoodFoundation.org.
About The Steve Fund
Stephen C. Rose was a much-loved young man whose life, qualities, and values profoundly and positively impacted those fortunate enough to come to know him. Tragically, Stephen lost his battle with depression in February 2014 at the age of 29. In his memory, the Rose family established The Steve Fund to promote dialogue about mental health and support activities to build understanding and assistance for mental health among young people from their late teens into their early 30s. Since 2015, The Steve Fund has supported Active Minds Emerging Scholars whose work is dedicated to researching mental health among communities of color. For more information, visit www.stevefund.org.