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February 2022 Memo

Greetings, PS Community,

I hope everyone had a restful holiday and is settling into the spring semester. The PS program kicked off the first colloquium of the semester with Dr. Paul Bolls from the Murrow College of Communication and has a great line up of speakers this semester. I want to acknowledge Raven Weaver for putting the great schedule together. You can download the schedule here.

The PS program is also actively interviewing prospective students to join the program next Fall and will be planning a virtual prospective student visit. Stay tuned for more details. 

The Prevention Science Graduate Student Organization (PSGSO) is planning a 90 minute virtual poster session to be held April 8th. More details will be coming soon!

Huge thanks to Jolene for helping compile this PS memo!

All best,

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Program News & Announcements
Please contact Sammy Perone with any questions about the following announcements. 
  • Prevention Science Graduate Faculty Steering Committee: See below for links to past meeting minutes.
  • Awards and Funding 
  • Graduate Student Mental Health and Health Resources with Marie Gray *EVENT REMINDER* February 8th 12:00-1:30pm. For more information and registration click here
  • Dr. Dunni Oluwoye is part of the planning committee for the 4th Annual Conference on Advancing Early Psychosis Care supported by SAMHSA and NIMH. If there are any students interested in this area and attending the conference let her know. Registration support is available. Email Dr. Oluwoye
  • The Graduate Writing Center (GWC) is now open to graduate students on ALL WSU campuses. To register for writing consultation, please go to   
    • The GWC offers free consultation services on student writing of any kind: academic, professional, or creative (e.g., thesis, dissertation, applications)
    • Our writing consultants are available to meet via zoom or face-to-face in an individual conference with each student for one hour.
    • The consultants provide feedback and suggestions, ask questions, and engage students in a discussion about their work to help them clarify and support their ideas.
  • 2022 The Springfield Research Fund Dissertation Fellowship: $10,000
    Due May 1, 2022 One fellowship of up to $10,000 is available – successful applicants will also be eligible for a $1,000 bonus upon publication of their dissertation research. The Springfield Research Fund Dissertation Fellowship supports graduate students at any stage of their dissertation who are interested in researching contemporary LGBTQIA+ issues in an effort to dispel stereotypes and other negative information that leads to prejudice and discrimination.

    The 2022 area of preference will be given to research that addresses intersectional stigmas.
    Eligibility: Applicants must be graduate students. More information:


PSGSO News & Announcements
See below for a list of updates from the PSGSO. Contact PSGSO President, Erica Doering, with any questions

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! On April 8th, PSGSO will be hosting a 90 minute virtual poster session. Stay tuned for more details!
Congratulations to Prevention Science graduate faculty and students on these recent achievements. If I missed any, please email and let me know.

Dunni Oluwoye (College of Medicine) was selected as a 2022 YWCA Spokane Women Acheivement Award recipient the Science, Technology, and Environment category. YWCA Award.

Sterling McPherson is now director of the Program of Excellence in Addiction Research (PEAR). If you are a faculty member willing to be a part of this program as it moves into the future please email Renee Wahl.
Prevention Science Student Celebrations & Kudos
  • Alana Anderson has accepted a postdoctoral position in the Laboratory of Child Brain Development at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Congratulations, Alana, on this amazing opportunity!
  • Elizabeth Purser, Sara Spiers, and Kat Bruzios along with faculty supervisor, Amy Salazar have a poster presentation acceptance for the Society for Research on Adolescence’s biennial conference in March. The title of the presentation is, “Aging Out at 18: How does extending foster care influence college completion?” Well done, team!
  • Bryony Stokes had her first, first author publication accepted for publication. 
    Stokes B, Fraser E, Kriegel L, Oluwoye O. Exploring provider perspectives on implementing coordinated specialty care: A qualitative study. Community Mental Health. In Press. PMID: In Process. PMCID: In Process. Way to go, Bryony!
  • Faith Price was on a panel of experts about recreational marijuana opening in the state of Montana on Jan 1. She was the voice of prevention amongst a panel of industry representatives, state, and county officials. News coverage here Great job, Faith!
  • SuYeon Lee (Prev Sci graduate 2021) is joining the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC) at Northwestern University as a post-doctoral scholar. Thank you to Sara Waters for sharing this good news!
  • Alana Anderson had a flash talk accepted for the conference of the International Society for Research on Emotion. The title of her talk is: Mom, I'm bored!: A mixed methods exploration into boredom in early childhood and links to self-regulation. Awesome news, Alana!
Program Coordinator Reminders
Please email Jolene with questions about the below.

Program of Study form deadline for Spring 2022: March 1st. If you submit after the deadline it takes much longer to process and graduate school can deny an exam request for the following semester. Deadlines for Doctoral Degree.

Upcoming Conferences & Training Opportunities
Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Health Virtual Symposium. February 16 & 17, 2022. Register for Day 1 or Day 2

The Northwest Council on Family Relations (NWCFR), a regional affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), has planned a 2022 spring conference to be held virtually on April 28 & 29, 2022. Proposal submission deadline February 28, 2022. This is a smaller, regional conference, a perfect setting to gain presentation experience!

PS Resources
Finding a healthcare provider can be difficult at any WSU location. For those in extension positions or seeking care off campus, there is a step-by-step guide that walks you through the process of finding a local provider that works with your graduate student insurance
Prevention Science Job Announcements

The Kempe Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has an open posting for a Data Scientist faculty position.  This individual would support our Research Core on a variety of child welfare/well-being projects and grants. Direct link to the posting:

Pennsylvania State University, new internship offered by the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives . Application flyer.

Post Doctoral positions available at WSU Spokane. Washington State Center of Excellence in Early Psychosis ( and the Promoting Research Initiatives in Substance Use and Mental Health (PRISM) Collaborative ( Apply here.

The Children and Family Research Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hiring a research specialist. The description can be found on 
the University of Illinois Job Board. The position is open through Monday, February 21.

Research Scientist II (Associate Scientist) The Alcohol Research Group (ARG, a longstanding program of the Public Health Institute (PHI, is located in Emeryville California and conducts and disseminates high-quality research on the epidemiology of alcohol consumption and problems including related health disparities, alcohol health services research, and alcohol policies while also training future generations of alcohol researchers.

ARG is looking for an early career Ph.D. in epidemiology, public health, psychology, economics, sociology or other related fields with knowledge of the scientific alcohol and/or drug literatures. The position will be funded initially by two R01 projects led by Dr. William C. Kerr. A new NIAAA-funded project“Secondhand Harms from Alcohol & Drugs: Impacts on Families and Communities across the US”will develop, field and analyze a national survey on harms from others’ alcohol and drug use. An ongoing NIDA-funded project“Impacts of recreational marijuana legalization and retail outlets in Washington: unique perspectives from survey and county mortality data”involves analyses of a series of surveys conducted from 2014 to 2016 as well as county-level injury mortality rates.

To view this Job Opening and apply, visit:

You can also contact Dr. William C. Kerr wkerr@arg.orgwith any questions.

Health Policy Research Scholars
Deadline: March 16, 2022
Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS) is a four-year national leadership development program for full-time doctoral students from nonclinical, research-focused disciplines in which policy is a key driver of change (e.g., urban planning; political science; economics; anthropology; education; social work; sociology; engineering; geography; and lab/bench sciences). HPRS is designed for students who want to improve health, well-being, and equity; challenge long-standing, entrenched systems; exhibit new ways of working; collaborate across disciplines and sectors; and bolster their leadership skills.

Postdoctoral Associate Positions in Research on Issues Related to Interpersonal Violence: Rutgers School of Social Work
Deadline: Open Until Filled
The Center on Violence Against Women & Children (VAWC) at the Rutgers School of Social Work is seeking two postdoctoral scholars interested in gaining further experience related to issues of interpersonal violence. Two postdoctoral scholars are currently sought to focus on 1) assessing campus climate related to interpersonal violence and 2) interpersonal victimization of Latinos.
VAWC provides a unique, supportive, and rich educational environment for post-doctoral associates to continue their learning and to contribute to the Center’s work. The center has been recognized as a national leader in producing research to address and prevent interpersonal violence. Post-doctoral associates will have the opportunity be involved in all aspects of research conducted by VAWC faculty which includes collaborating with community partners, developing research methods, seeking funding opportunities, collecting and analyzing data, and disseminating the findings. VAWC has been involved with various types of research projects, ranging from federally funded, randomized control trials to local, community-based program evaluations and has a strong history of supporting postdoctoral work. The postdoctoral associates will receive mentoring from VAWC faculty and work with research teams at the Center. Additionally, VAWC maintains many collaborative relationships and networks that will enrich the experience of a post-doctoral fellow. VAWC has several faculty affiliates from within the School of Social Work, other disciplines at Rutgers, from universities around the nation, and in select countries. Additionally, the postdoctoral associate will receive various career development opportunities including but not limited to submission of peer-reviewed articles, expertise in multiple data analysis software, and training on dissemination and translation of findings to diverse audiences including scholars, community-based organizations, and other community members located both internationally and domestically.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Prevention and Social & Emotional Learning
Deadline: Open Until Filled
Innovation in Child and Family Wellness Research Group (Innovative Wellness) under the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is pleased to announce a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in the areas of social-emotional learning and substance abuse prevention. Innovative Wellness guides school- and community-based efforts to promote social-emotional learning and prevent substance abuse among adolescents. The postdoctoral fellow will join a vibrant research team to examine the efficacy of a trauma-informed, social-emotional learning program to reduce adolescent substance use, calledRise Above([goog_1903140194] There will be considerable opportunities for the postdoctoral scholar to participate in implementation, project coordination, recruitment, data collection and analysis, manuscript preparation, and grant writing.

Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity
Deadline: Rolling
Evidence for Action prioritizes research to evaluate specific interventions (e.g., policies, programs, practices) that have the potential to counteract the harms of structural and systemic racism and improve health, well-being, and equity outcomes. We are concerned both with the direct impacts of structural racism on the health and well-being of people and communities of color (e.g., Black, Latina/o/x, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander people, and other races and ethnicities)—as well as the ways in which racism intersects with other forms of marginalization, such as having low income, being an immigrant, having a disability, or identifying as LGBTQ+ or a gender minority.

This funding is focused on studies about upstream causes of health inequities, such as the systems, structures, laws, policies, norms, and practices that determine the distribution of resources and opportunities, which in turn influence individuals’ options and behaviors. Research should center on the needs and experiences of communities exhibiting the greatest health burdens and be motivated by real-world priorities. It should be able to inform a specific course of action and/or establish beneficial practices, not stop at characterizing or documenting the extent of a problem.


Prevention Research Job Opportunities. Visit the Society for Prevention Research website for a regularly updated list of prevention-related job opportunities. 
Human Development and Family Studies Job Opportunities. Visit the National Council on Family Relations website for a regularly updated list of HD-related job opportunities. 
Find out more about the Washington State University Prevention Science PhD Program here .
Email Sammy Perone at with any questions or comments. 

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