Grants Awarded

  • The Spencer Foundation in march 2016 has awarded Kindel Nash, Ph.D. (PI) and  Etta Hollins, Ph.D. (Co-I) funding in the amount of $47,716 for their proposal “Investigating High-Leverage Early Literacy Teaching Practices in Urban Schools.” They will investigate the high-leverage practices of high-performing, urban, early literacy teachers to determine common factors in these practices across contexts with similar populations.
  • A National Endowment for the Arts, Research:  Art Works grant was awarded to Carolyn Barber, Ph.D., for her proposal entitled, Arts Participation as a Form of voluntary Association Membership. She will investigate arts participation as a predictor of teenagers’ civic behaviors and attitudes.  Using data from two international studies conducted in 1999 and 2009, she will conduct a three-fold study examining, 1) whether arts participation is more related to civic outcomes for some groups of students rather than others, 2) whether arts participation is more associated with certain types of civic outcomes, and 3) whether there are differences among students from different countries.  This is a $15,000 award for the one-year project.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HHS-HRSA) awarded Johanna Nilsson, Ph.D., and LaVerne Berkel, Ph.D., year two funding of $185,927 to continue their Graduate Psychology Education Program.  The inter-professional education program entitled, PsiCARE (Psychologists Collaborating and Advocating to Restore Equity:  An Integrated Training Program in Behavioral Health Care for Underserved Urban Communities), has a goal of increasing the number of psychologists who have the knowledge, skills and experience to meet the behavioral health needs of vulnerable and underserved communities in the Kansas City metropolitan area, including refugees and immigrants, through prevention programming and competent care.  The training model emphasizes respect for individual and cultural diversity and is inherently aimed at promoting social justice.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HHS-HRSA) awarded Johanna Nilsson, Ph.D., and LaVerne Berkel, Ph.D., a supplemental award of $188,075 to expand their Graduate Psychology Education Program to include a focus on the military community during the second year of their program.  The inter-professional education program, PsiCARE-MC (Psychologists Collaborating and Advocating to Restore Equity:  An Integrated Training Program in Behavioral Health Care for the Military Community), has a goal of increasing the number of psychologists who have the knowledge, skills and experience to meet the behavioral health needs of military communities in the Kansas and Kansas City metropolitan area, through prevention programming and competent care.  The training model emphasizes respect for individual and cultural diversity and is inherently aimed at promoting social justice.