Congratulations to the 2019 Nora Kahn Piore Award Recipients

Two members of the IMSD Community, Ashleigh LoVette, a past trainee and current doctoral candidate in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences, and Kira DiClemente, a senior scholar and current doctoral candidate in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences, have both received the 2019 Nora Kahn Piore Award. Ashleigh's dissertation work critically examines resilience among young women and girls by using quantitative data from an evaluation study of combination HIV prevention programming, integrated with qualitative data collected in Cape Town, South Africa. Results from Ashleigh’s research will foster international collaboration, and advance our understanding of how strength-based approaches can be used in health promotion efforts among under served populations. Kira's project addresses the research question: how do pre-migration exposures and post-migration stressors behave within the complex and dynamic system of resettlement to produce high sustained rates of trauma, depression and anxiety in African refugee women living in the U.S.? Throughout the development of this project, Kira has collaborated with Providence-based non-profit organization Women's Refugee Care, run by Director Aline Binyungu.  Together, they will work together to address the mental health burden faced by refugee women in our community. More information on the award can be found here