The Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women (OPSVAW) has announced that it will fund two graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences during AY 2017 - 2018. The students include Alyssa Jones, a second-year student in the Department of Psychology; and Helen Kras, a second-year student in the Department of Political Science.  The graduate students were selected through the competitive award cycle hosted annually by the OPSVAW:


Recipient Student:       Alyssa Jones
Type of Award:           Fellowship
Project Title:               Developing a Comprehensive Model of Emotional Experience and Emotion
                                      Regulation among Female Victims of Interpersonal Violence 
Advisor:                       Christal Badour, Ph.D.

Alyssa is a second year Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.  Her study aims to examine emotional processes among women with interpersonal violence histories. Several measures of real-time emotional experience (EE) and emotion regulation (ER) will be assessed using a combination of self-report and physiological measures in the laboratory as well as in daily life via ecological momentary assessment (EMA) methods.


Recipient Student:       Helen Kras
Type of Award:           Research Assistantship
Project Title:               Effect of Gendered Violence on Women’s Political Trust and Participation in Brazil
Advisor:                       Abby Cordova, Ph.D.

Helen is a second year Ph.D. student in Political Science with a focus on women in politics in developing countries. She will be working under Dr. Abby Cordova on a project that seeks to understand the ways in which gendered violence shapes women’s attitudes towards the government and their political engagement.

Since its Graduate Student Support Program began in 2014 the OPSVAW has funded eleven research assistantships and fellowships for graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences and four assistantships for professional students in the College of Law.  Graduate students eligible for OPSVAW funding include those seeking graduate degrees in the four departments/programs formally affiliated with the OPSVAW, including the Department of Psychology; the Department of Political Science; the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies; and the African American & Africana Studies Program.  To be funded by the OPSVAW, graduate students must be working independently (dissertation) or under a departmental or program faculty member on research or scholarly projects related to violence against women. Professional students in the College of Law may also be eligible if they are working for the OPSVAW executive director.

The call for proposals for the AY 2018 – 2019 award cycle will be announced in April 2018. For additional information regarding graduate student support, contact Carol E. Jordan, executive director of the OPSVAW at carolj@uky.edu


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