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CEPR Faculty and UofM Colleagues Earn Grant to Support Students

The University of Memphis has received a four-year, $1.89 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce, Education and Training (BHWET) Program to establish the INTEGRATE program – Interprofessional Teams Grounded in Apprenticeship, Telehealth and Evidence. The program will provide funded practicums or internships for students in the COE programs Master of Science in Counseling and Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology as well as in the Master of Social Work and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology.

“The Mid-South includes several shortage areas for mental health professionals,” said Dr. Susan Neely-Barnes, principal investigator on the grant and professor, director and chair of the School of Social Work. “Through the INTEGRATE program, the University of Memphis will be able to address workforce shortages in the Mid-South region.”

Students in the INTEGRATE program will receive interdisciplinary training in areas critical to addressing the community’s behavioral health needs including integrating behavioral health care into primary care settings; interdisciplinary teamwork; cultural humility and competency; substance abuse treatment; adverse childhood experiences (ACEs); and violence prevention and recidivism reduction. 

The grant is a collaboration of faculty from the School of Social Work (Dr. Susan Neely-Barnes; Dr. Laura Taylor, assistant professor; and Dr. Paige Pirkey, postdoctoral fellow and adjunct professor); the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research (Dr. Michelle Brasfield, assistant professor; Dr. Ashley Batastini, assistant professor; Dr. Chi Li, assistant professor; and Dr. Suzanne Lease, associate professor); and the Department of Psychology (Dr. Kristoffer Berlin, associate professor; and Dr. Meghan McDevitt-Murphy, professor).

Dr. Eric Platt's New Book to be Released in October

Persistence through Peril: Episodes of College Life and Academic Endurance in the Civil War South, the new book by Dr. Eric Platt, Associate Professor and Chair in LEAD, (co-edited with Holly A. Foster) will be released in October through University Press of Mississippi. The edited collection that includes research by Dr. Platt and other scholars illustrates the lived experiences of college students, professors and administrators who studied, taught and led institutions of higher education during the deadliest internal conflict in US history—the American Civil War. Chapters focus on such topics as institutional longevity in the face of surrounding cataclysm, student military conscription, the effects of emancipation and college women during the war. Dr. Platt states that this work, “counters the narrative that all southern higher education closed during the Civil War years and presents insights as regards Antebellum intellectualism and institutional survival, as well as post-war academic and social reorganization to maintain institutional longevity in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Learn more and pre-order your copy here>.

CREP Partners with Engineering Research Visioning Alliance

The College of Education Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP) is beginning a prestigious partnership with the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA). Established via a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation, the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA) was officially launched on April 7, 2021. The first engineering research visioning alliance of its kind, ERVA is a diverse, inclusive and engaged partnership that enables an array of voices to impact national research priorities. ERVA will help the U.S. remain an international leader by identifying and developing new, high-impact engineering research directions to help the engineering community solve major challenges and improve daily life. 

CREP’s team is led by P.I. Dr. Todd Zoblotsky with Dr. Carolyn Kaldon and Dan Strahl serving as Co-P.I. CREP’s portion of the award as a Subawardee to ERVA is $800K for the first five years with more years anticipated. Dr. Zoblotsky, P.I, states, “CREP is excited and honored to be part of this amazing alliance tasked with setting the direction for engineering research for the nation.  Along with Co-PIs Dr. Carolyn Kaldon and Dan Strahl, we look forward to showcasing ERVA’s progress and success. This partnership is not only a highlight in CREP’s research portfolio but will elevate the University’s profile through this important work.” 

To learn more about ERVA and get involved, visit www.ERVAcommunity.org> and follow @ERVACommunity on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Learn more about CREP and their work at memphis.edu/crep>

Dr. Edith Gnanadass and Dr. Sandra Nichols named Hooks Academic Research Fellows

Dr. Edith Gnanadass (Associate Professor in LEAD) and Dr. Sandra Nichols (Professor and Chair, ICL) have been named Hooks Academic Research Fellows in 2021 by UofM's Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change. Serving for two years, Fellows assist the Hooks Institute not only in fulfilling its mission of teaching, studying, and promoting civil rights and social change but also in becoming a premier center for scholars working on race and social justice scholarship. The Institute's goal is to build a network of scholars that will give anyone visiting their website a more accurate sense of our work and partnerships.Dr. Gnanadass and Dr. Nichols demonstrate their commitment to be Driven by Equity in research, teaching and service through this honor. Learn more about the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change and their upcoming virtual events at their website>. 

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