Author: Janice Berriault

Rebecca Puhl’s work recently published in the American Academy of Pediatrics

Rebecca PuhlProfessor Rebecca Puhl recently coauthored a policy statement that was published in the American Academy of Pediatrics, which addresses the social and emotional impact of obesity in youth and encourages pediatricians to improve supportive care for children and families struggling with weight.  Read some of the press coverage in the New York Times, Reuters, and NBC.

Marlene Schwartz’s recent research in UConn Today article

Marlene SchwartzA new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut suggests that living in a food swamp – a neighborhood where fast food and junk food outlets outnumber healthy alternatives – is a stronger predictor of high obesity rates than living in a neighborhood with limited access to affordable, nutritious food, or food desert.  Read more of article titled, Food Swamps Predict Obesity Rates Better Than Food Deserts

Study co- authors: Marlene Schwartz, UConn Rudd Center director and professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Kelly Brownell, Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

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.