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UofM's Boykins Receives Four-Year, $2.7 Million Grant: Team includes researchers from across campus

Dr. Anita Boykins, associate professor in the Loewenberg College of Nursing, has received a four-year $2,724,437 grant to establish an innovative academic-practice partnership that will prepare primary care advanced practice nurses to meet the needs of rural and underserved populations. "Family Nurse Practitioner-Health, Education, and Access for Rural Tennesseans (FNP-HEART)" targets service needs in eight West Tennessee counties: Carroll, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale and McNairy. Funds from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration will provide traineeship funds for 80 students (20 per year) to increase the distribution of FNPs who are ready to practice in rural, medically underserved communities in West Tennessee. Practice partners include the Hardeman County Community Health Center, Lifespan Health, Primary Care Clinic of Trezevant, Miracle Health Care, and Whiteville Family Medical Clinic. The University of Memphis team also includes Dr. Susan Neely-Barnes (Social Work), Dr. Susan Elswick (Social Work), and Amy Campbell (Cecil C. Humphrey School of Law). For more information, please contact Boykins at


UofM Professor Thurston Selected to Receive Foremothers Mentorship Early Career Award

Dr. Idia Thurston, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, has been selected to receive the Foremothers Mentorship Early Career and Career Excellence Award from APA Division 35. This award celebrates Black women's commitment to supporting the growth and development of students, peers and/or colleagues in their professional careers. This award recognizes professionals who demonstrate significant contributions to the area of mentorship, particularly as it relates to encouraging the perpetuity of Black women in psychology. Contributions and service as a mentor may be wide-ranging and include clinical supervision, creating professional access and opportunity, developing community networks, providing one-on-one professional support and advocating for students, peers, and/or colleagues.

The award will be given at the upcoming annual meeting of American Psychology Association in Chicago this August. Join us as we congratulate Thurston on this achievement!


UofM's Howell Will Receive Two Prestigious Awards from Society of Clinical Psychology

Dr. Katie Howell, associate professor in the Department of Psychology and director of Child and Family Studies Research, is set to receive two prestigious awards this August. The Society of Clinical Psychology has announced Howell will be award the Theodore Blau Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology. This award is presented for professional accomplishment and promise in Clinical Psychology.

Howell will also receive the Diane J. Willis Early Career Award. This award is named after Willis to honor her life-long advocacy on behalf of children and families. The award aims to advance public understanding of mental health and improve the well-being of children and families through policy and service. It also encourages promising early career psychologists to continue work in this area.

Please join us in congratulating Howell for this remarkable accomplishment, made all the more special by having two independent divisions of the American Psychology Association simultaneously recognizing her excellence in her scholarship.

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