The Doris Duke Fellowships for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders capable of and interested in creating initiatives that will advance child abuse prevention practice and policy. Because the prevention of child maltreatment requires knowledge and collaboration from diverse fields, the fellowships are multidisciplinary in scope and approach. Fellows are selected from a range of academic disciplines, including, but – not limited to – social work, public health, public policy, education, and economics.
Fellows work on a variety of issues to improve the efficacy of child abuse prevention such as designing programs that attract and retain the most vulnerable families; creating strategies that better connect public and private efforts; and applying empirical evidence to improve practice and policy.
Sandra Nay McCourt completed the requirements for her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in December 2012 and was mentored by Ken Dodge, director of the Center for Child and Family Policy.