Congratulations to Kent School PhD students

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4/9/2018:  Congratulations to Kirsten Smith on winning the College on Problems of Drug Dependence Travel award for Early Career Investigators, to be held this year in San Diego. Kirsten was one of eight recipients selected out of 60 applicants.

Kirsten will be giving an oral presentation at the conference using data she collected last summer. The research pertained to prevalence and motivations for kratom use as well as novel psychoactive substance use (synthetic cannabinoids and cathinones—i.e. “bath salts”).  Kirsten is a student in the Kent School of Social Work Doctoral program.


 4/10/2018:  Congratulations to 2nd year student, Georgia Anderson, on being awarded an American Cancer Society training grant to conduct research and further her oncology research expertise!




picture of sara williams first year phd student

 Posted 4/11/2018:  Congratulations to Sara Williams, first year doctoral student, on being selected as a Graduate Research Fellow for UofL’s Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research (CCTSJR). The CCTSJR provides a new, university-wide hub for social justice scholarship, bringing interested faculty and students together to incubate new community-engaged transdisciplinary research. Sara will be working with CCTSJR Leadership and will have major responsibilities for constituting and supporting various transdisciplinary social justice research teams that include representatives from a wide array of academic disciplines and community partners.

Sara also just had the following manuscript accepted for publication under the mentorship of Dr. Laura Frey.

 Williams, S. M., Frey, L. M., Stage, D. L., & Cerel, J. (in press). Exploring lived experience in gender and sexual minority suicide attempt survivors. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

 first year doctoral student

 Posted 4/13/2018:  Congratulations to first year doctoral student, Alyssa Middleton.   Alyssa has been awarded an American Cancer Society training grant to conduct research and further the development of her research skills in oncology and palliative care.