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Professor Mimi Chapman has been selected for the 2017-18 Institute for Arts and Humanities’ Academic Leadership Program (ALP), which prepares and supports current and emerging leaders at UNC.

Chapman is among eight fellows selected for the program, which helps participants develop leadership skills, clarify their career commitments, build a leadership network within the campus and extend their contacts to other leaders beyond the University. The year-long fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend. Over the year, fellows also will engage in:

    • A week of leadership training with the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C., one of the world’s most respected leadership development organizations. Fellows participate in CCL programs with senior executives from the military, government, business and the not-for-profit sector.
    • Semester-long weekly seminars in the spring in which faculty discuss critical issues facing the University and formulate possible responses
    • Opportunities to meet with senior leaders inside and outside the University and
    • One overnight retreat and one full-day retreat focused on career development, leadership skill assessment and the creation of a personal vision.

After the fellowship year, fellows have opportunities to participate with their colleagues in a monthly leadership forum; attend additional workshops, short courses and seminars on advanced topics in academic leadership; attend conferences and workshops for all fellows from all years on topics of concern to faculty and the University; and meet with University and state leaders to discuss important issues facing the University.

Chapman, a faculty member since 2001, focuses on social work practice, child abuse and neglect, children’s health and mental health, immigration and acculturation.

Clinical associate professor Lisa Zerden was awarded a grant for $84,860 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) for a project titled, “Toward a Better Understanding of Social Workers on Integrated Care Delivery Teams.” The project will allow Zerden, along with partners at the Sheps Center and the University of Michigan School of Social Work, to work together to assess the roles, functions and skills of social workers in integrated behavioral health settings. Zerden currently serves as principal investigator and program director for UNC-PrimeCare, a federally funded initiative that aims to expand the behavioral healthcare workforce by rigorously preparing students to work in primary care settings as behavioral and mental healthcare specialists. Funding for the HRSA project is for one year.

Will Hall, Ph.D. ’15, was awarded a $2,000 pilot grant from NC Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute for a projected titled, “A Feasibility Study of an Adapted Cognitive Behavior Therapy Intervention to Treat Depression among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth.” Hall’s project will focus on an adapted CBT intervention that he developed to reduce depression among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) youth. “We know that LGBQ youth experience disproportionately high rates of depression, yet there are virtually no evidence-based mental health interventions for this population,” Hall said. “My intervention, called Being Out With Strength (BOWS), primarily targets internalized oppression, which I’ve found to be a significant contributor to depression in some of my previous work.” In the feasibility study, Hall will collect data from LGBQ youth and mental health professionals who serve this population to see if there’s a demand for the BOWS intervention, what settings would be appropriate to implement the intervention, and if the intervention is appropriate for testing.

Four final year MSW students at the School of Social Work have been selected to receive scholarships from The Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse. The institute provides funding for graduate students in the Master of Social Work, Substance Use and Addictions Specialty Program. This effort is geared toward increasing the number of licensed clinical addiction specialists working in North Carolina to provide services for individuals seeking addiction treatment. Applicants were chosen based on the need for such specialists in the state, rural area of interest, and financial need.

This year’s scholarship winners are: Caroline Pegram, with the Winston-Salem Distance Education Program; Alli Schad with the Triangle Distance Education Program; and Shane Phillips and Ashley Wilhelm, both with the full-time program.