Author: Janice Berriault

Kevin Hynes, recipient of a 2017-2018 AAMFT/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship

Kevin HynesCongratulations to HDFS graduate student Kevin Hynes!  He is the recipient of a 2017-2018 AAMFT/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship.

Each year, the AAMFT/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program awards Fellowships to a select pool of talented minority MFT doctoral students recognized for their developing competence in and demonstrated commitment to conduct research and provide service to ethnic minority and underserved populations. This year, Kevin Hynes, a doctoral student in the HDFS Department’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program, was selected to receive one of these prestigious Fellowships.

Funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the AAMFT/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program was created to support the training of practitioners and practitioner/researchers in culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services, treatment, prevention, and research. The objective of the Fellowship Program is to expand the delivery of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to underserved minority populations and to increase the number of doctoral level culturally competent minority Marriage and Family Therapists.

Because the Fellowship is both a scholarship and a professional training appointment, Kevin joins a community of MFT students and professionals who will participate in myriad opportunities to advance their knowledge and skills in the areas of cultural competence, mental health, and substance abuse by learning from, collaborating with, and being mentored by multicultural leaders across several professions. Through these experiences, Kevin will build a lifetime network of professional associations with MFTs who are dedicated to assisting underserved minorities and advancing culturally relevant contributions to the social and behavioral sciences.

Alaina Brenick and UCCFR receive National Council on Family Relations Affiliate Grant

Alaina BrenickAssistant Professor Alaina Brenick, faculty adviser, and the students of the UCCFR received a 2017 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Affiliate Councils Affiliate Grant in support of their programing for the International Day of Families, to be observed on May 15th. The 2018 focus will be on Family Equality and the role of diverse families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members. Particularly, the Day’s focus is to raise awareness regarding the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for  children and youth. This is a great opportunity for students, and demonstrates Alaina’s dedication to her role as faculty adviser. Congratulations all!

Michael Ego receives SFF grant, and his recent work featured in UConn Today article

Michael Ego

Professor Michael Ego has received a UConn Scholarship Facilitation Fund for his project, A Pilot Study: Measurement of Effectiveness of Baseball Reminiscence Program for Persons with Dementia in Cos Cob, CT.

An article in UConn Today entitled, “Talking Baseball Assists Aging Adults with Dementia” features Professor Michael Ego’s work on baseball reminiscence for adults with dementia.

HDFS faculty and graduate students present their work at national conferences

UConn HDFS faculty and graduate students (both current and one incoming) will present 6 posters and talks at the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 125th Annual Convention.  The convention will take place in Washington, DC on August 3-6.  See attachment for details.


Many HDFS faculty and graduate students presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2017 Biennial Meeting held in Austin, TX on April 6-8, 2017.  Here is a list of the presentations.


HDFS faculty and graduate student also presented at the 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM).  The event took place in San Diego, CA on March 29 – April 1, 2017.   Here is a list of the participants.