We are pleased to announce a new initiative—the Research to Action Grants pilot program—generously funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Inc. This program is an opportunity for up to three teams of Doris Duke fellows and their policy or practice partners to design and implement applied research projects that address a specific policy or practice challenge. Based on input from fellows, foundation staff, and fellowships advisory board members, the program offers fellows an opportunity to work with practitioners or policy makers to address stubborn and difficult questions affecting children and families.
Doris Duke fellows are ambassadors of child well-being and champion policy-oriented research and interdisciplinary collaborations. They inspire those around them and create change in academic departments, policy-focused organizations, and clinical settings. The Research to Action Grants pilot program is an opportunity to leverage the fellows’ current impacts and deepen their experience in using research to resolve salient policy and practice challenges.
Grant Recipient 1:
Placement Stability for Commercially Sexually Exploited and System-Involved Youth
Following a presentation made to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors by this group of fellows in November 2018, this team aims to turn the recommendations from the report into an Action Plan for the County to serve sexually exploited youth.
Principal Investigator: Carly B. Dierkhising, Cohort One fellow, School of Criminal Justices and Criminalistics, Cal State- Los Angeles
Consultant: Natalia Orendain, Cohort Seven fellow, Neuroscience, UCLA
Consultant: Andi Lane Eastman, Cohort Six fellow, School of Social Work, USC
Practice Partner: Kate Walker Brown, JD, (Director) The National Center for Youth Law
Grant Recipient 2:
Cultural and Contextual Influences on Parenting Among Low-Income Chinese Immigrant Caregivers Living in the Greater Boston Area
Little is known regarding harsh parenting and its influence on children among low-income first and second generation Chinese immigrant caregivers. This project aims to gain an understanding of parenting values, beliefs, practices and motivations among low-income Chinese families and contextual parenting influences.
Principal Investigator: Judith Scott, Cohort Five fellow, School of Social Work, Boston University
Consultant: Julia Fleckman, Cohort Six fellow, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University
Consultant: Bridget Cho, Cohort Seven fellow, University of Kansas
Practice Partners: Giles Li (Executive Director) and Yoyo Yau (Director of Programs), Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)
Grant Recipient 3:
Applied Neuroscience for Child Advocacy: Generating and Translating Brian Science Research for Actionable Use by the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
To address how specific experiences related to childhood poverty change the development of neural circuits related to aggressive behavior, and how specific programs may mitigate these changes.
Principal Investigator: Scott Delaney, Cohort Eight fellow, Epidemiology, Harvard University
Principal Investigator: Natalia Orendain, Cohort Seven fellow, Neuroscience, UCLA
Principal Investigator: Dan Busso, Cohort Four fellow, FrameWorks Institute
Practice Partners: Maneka Sinha (Special Counsel to the Director for Forensic Science) Public Defender Services, Adriana Galván (Professor) UCLA College of Life Sciences and Psychology
Graduate Student Collaborator: Rita Taylor, Washington University at St. Louis