Brittney Chesworth, Ph.D., has been selected by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School to receive its prestigious Impact Award for 2021. The Impact Award recognizes discoveries of direct benefit to North Carolina and is funded though the Graduate Education Advancement Board.
Chesworth completed her doctoral degree at UNC School of Social Work this year. Her dissertation comprised three studies concerning state policies for treatment of persons using violence in intimate relationships, key leaders’ and stakeholders’ perceptions of and recommendations for such policies in North Carolina, and intervention programs for batterers.
“Brittney’s studies hold particularly valuable implications for our N.C. policies and service systems,” noted Rebecca Macy, Ph.D., who chaired Chesworth’s dissertation committee. Macy commended Chesworth for the creativity, quality, rigor, and community-engaged and practice-focused emphases of this research.
Chesworth completed her Master of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach, and undergraduate studies in sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She also worked as a children’s social worker with the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services and as a medical social worker with several hospice care providers before beginning her doctoral studies at UNC School of Social Work.