Spring 2020 Faculty News

Dr. Emma Sterrett-Hong and Dr. Lesley Harris served as the Kent Representatives on the Scholars at Risk Committee in which they work with the Provost's Office to host international scholars who are under threat due to their scholarship. This year Farai Gonzo, an award-winning journalist who worked at the Zimbabwean Broadcasting Corporation and is a scholar affiliated with the International Scholars at Risk Network was hosted.  Ms. Gonzo visited the University of Louisville on March 3 to give a series of public presentations. She was an enemy of the state for critical reporting of the government. During her visit to UofL, she told the story of the interrogation, imprisonment, and torture she received that forced her to leave her country and find refuge in Canada. (Dr. Emma Sterrett-Hong and Dr. Lesley Harris pictured with Farai Gonzo)


More Faculty News:

Dr. Karen KayserCongratulations to Dr. Karen Kayser who was recently named as a 2020 Class of American Psychosocial Oncology Society Fellow. This award is given to recognize and honor outstanding contributions to the science and practice of psychosocial oncology. More information about the award and Dr. Kayser can be read here: http://ow.ly/UVY250zba8N

Dr. Karen Kayser was also selected to serve on the Oncology Social Work CORE (Competencies, Opportunities, Roles and Expectations) advisory committee for a nationwide initiative at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. More information here. 


Dr. Eli KaramDr. Eli Karam, offered advice on WDRB news to families on how to cope with stress while at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read and view the news segment  “Coronavirus stress? Mental health experts share tips to cope”





Dr. Armon PerryDr. Armon Perry, wrote an article that was published in the Courier Journal about the Coronavirus stimulus package and non-custodial parents (who are typically fathers) that owe child support. Read the article. “Opinion: Coronavirus stimulus package reveals America's interest in preserving patriarchy”





picture of Kent faculty member Dr. Stephanie Grace ProstDr. Stephanie Prost was awarded the Aging Research in Criminal Justice and Health (ARCH) Network Scholars Award for two proposals that will begin June 1, 2020. The proposals are “The Relationship between Visitation and Health in Older Adults who are Incarcerated” and “Correctional Health Services for Older Adults: Older Adult and Caregiver Perspectives” more information is available here.





Dr. Jennifer MiddletonDr. Jennifer Middleton joined Gov. Andy Beshear, state leaders, advocates and survivors at the Capitol rotunda in January to recognize Human Trafficking Awareness month. This event was followed by several campus and community events more information available here.





Dr. Maurice Gattis, associate professor at Kent, was quoted in an article released on PopSugar.com regarding the announcement by Disney-Pixar that the new animated film "Onward" would feature the studio's first openly gay character. You can read the article and Dr. Gattis' comments here.





Dr. Bibhuti K. SarDr. Bibhuti Sar was just awarded a 5-year project through SAMHSA. Dr. Sar and Dr. Martin Hall will work on this grant together. The grant project, "Integrated Care for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders," abstract: The Kent School of Social Work and Wellspring will utilize a comprehensive, community-centered approach to help individuals become free of homelessness, engage in recovery, and improve their well-being and quality of life. The community based approach undertaken will be evaluated and a final report will be disseminated through presentations and publication on the project’s impact and lessons learned on how to best respond to the needs of persons experiencing homelessness and co-occurring disorders.