Frances Fowler Wallace Memorial Award

This award application is currently open. Applicants will be contacted approximately 30 business days after the submission of their proposal.

2018 RECIPIENTS

Mary Odafe is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston. Her study, “Children of Immigrants: Psychological Risk and Resilience,” explores the relation between suicide ideation and the striving for achievement among the children of immigrants. Odafe’s work contributes to our understanding of the lived experience of the children of immigrants to the U.S. Learn more

Becky Scott earned her doctorate from the Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University. Scott’s dissertation research project, “Feasibility of an Adaptation of Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) Model in Integrated Behavioral Health Care to Address Externalized Behavior Disorders in Federally Qualified Health Centers,” explores opportunities for primary care doctors to equip parents with the knowledge and tools they need to respond to challenging behaviors in children. Learn more

Mia Kirby is a licensed clinical social worker and doctoral student studying sociology at Texas Woman’s University. Kirby’s experiences working with Black women in treatment, as well as her engagement of Black feminist theory, led her to develop the study: “Cranes in the Sky: Exploring the relationship between the Strong Black Woman Archetype and the mental health help seeking behaviors of Black women.” Learn more

Dianna Boone is studying Clinical Psychology at Texas Tech University. Boone’s interest in pediatric obesity—and in particular how it occurs in Latino children at a disproportionately higher rate—led her to develop the study “Family Functioning, Parent Feeding Practices and Attitudes, and Youth Weight Status in a Latino Sample.Learn more

Carolyn Phillips is an oncology nurse turned researcher enrolled in The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Building on more than a decade of clinical experience, Phillips’ study, “A Feasibility Study to Evaluate Storytelling Through Music to Improve Well-Being in Oncology Nurses, tested whether an intervention combining storytelling, expressive writing and music could address the work-related emotions of people who care for cancer patients. Learn more 

Angela Powell is pursuing a doctorate at Sam Houston State University. Working as a school counselor, Powell was struck by the academic achievement gap between her African American and Caucasian students. To figure out its source, she made it the subject of her study: “The Relationship between Posttraumatic Symptoms and the Reading Scores on Standardized Tests of Third Grade African American Male Students.” Learn more

Margarita Sala is  earning her Ph.D. in Psychology at Southern Methodist University and got her start as a researcher in the Eating Disorders Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her study, “Mindful Exercise: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial,” tests the potential of mindfulness as a strategy for influencing exercise behavior. Learn more

Lauren Smith is a student in the School Psychology program at The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education. An interest in community-based research and an affinity working for children led her to pursue a career in clinical therapeutic intervention. Her study is called “Identifying Factors of Parent Engagement in a School-based Mental Health Intervention: An mHealth Approach.” Learn more 

Vivian J. Miller is a doctoral candidate at the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Arlington. While interning at a long-term care facility in Cleveland, Ohio, Miller developed a deep interest in advancing knowledge and research that enhances the well-being and promotes the human rights of older adults residing in nursing homes. Her study is titled “Transportation, Social Support by Family Visitation, and Depression among Nursing Home Residents: A Mixed-Methods Study.” Learn more

2017 RECIPIENTS

Ya-Ching Huang is pursuing a doctorate in nursing to research and develop systemic healthcare practices that will have long-lasting impact. Her research proposal is titled “The Impact of Illness Perception, Diabetes Management Self-Efficacy, and Mental Distress on Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management among Chinese Americans.” Huang seeks to help people adopt healthy habits that minimize the complications of diabetes and reduce the need for urgent and costly health care services. Learn more

Pamela Recto has experience as a maternal-child nurse, which deepened her understanding and desire to advocate for young mothers. Through her work on a wellness program at an alternative high school for parenting and pregnant adolescents, Pamela developed considerable interest in mental health literacy among Mexican-American adolescents. The goal of her research is to identify contextual factors that impede or facilitate help seeking and recognition of perinatal depression among Mexican-American adolescents. Learn more

Sophia Yang Hooper earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Beijing Normal University before coming to UT Austin, where she received master’s degrees in educational psychology and statistics. She is currently on track to graduate with a Ph.D. in educational psychology. Sophia’s proposed study is “A Meta-analysis on Teacher Autonomy Support, Academic Achievement, and Psychosocial Functioning.” The project will examine the effect of teacher autonomy support — or teaching practices designed to cultivate student autonomy, rather than impose control — on student mental health outcomes. Learn more

Hannah Szlyk was drawn to social service work while completing a post-masters clinical fellowship at the Menninger Clinic in Houston. She recently completed her third year at the UT Austin School of Social Work. Her research project will examine how life stressors (housing mobility, life events, discrimination, neighborhood environment, school progress) contribute to and predict ranges in suicidality, and how the specialized program at Garza may help students stay safe and graduate. Learn more