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LB Klein receives outstanding doctoral student award

LB Klein, a fourth-year doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, has been named the School’s “Outstanding Doctoral Student 2020.”

Associate Dean of Doctoral Education Mimi Chapman announced the award Friday, May 8, 2020, during an online reception for the School’s doctoral students and faculty.

“LB stands out as an especially promising new scholar,” Chapman said, noting that Klein has received two research grants, developed practitioner tool kits, been published as first author on five research articles and contributed to four other research articles.

Chapman added that Klein was a leader among her peers, in addition to her research accomplishments.

“She is especially important to her colleagues as a mentor,” Chapman noted, adding that Klein often shared ideas for the doctoral program directly with Chapman. “She has really become a leader in our doctoral program.”

Klein focuses her research on gender-based and interpersonal violence prevention, especially against LGBTQ+ people. In 2019, she received the Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowship from the Injury Prevention Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.

She has also been named a Fellow and received an Innovative Research Award, both from the Prevention Innovations Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.

Klein earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in history and the Master of Social Work degree, both from Washington University in St. Louis, and the Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado Denver’s Program on Gender-Based Violence before coming to UNC-Chapel Hill. She resides in Pittsboro with her partner and twin toddlers and is expected to complete the Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2021.