2012 Clinical Scientist Development Award earned

Dr. Jennifer McCall-Hosenfeld, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, has received a 2012 Clinical Scientist Development Award from The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The award is for $486,000 over three years and will fund McCall-Hosenfeld’s research involving rural women exposed to intimate partner violence.

“Intimate partner violence, or IPV, is a major threat to the health of U.S. women, resulting in a great burden of mood and anxiety disorders among IPV survivors,” McCall-Hosenfeld said. “Rural populations are especially vulnerable to the adverse health effects of IPV due to decreased access to health services, poverty and isolation. We need to know more about the factors and coping strategies, which distinguish women exposed to IPV who develop mood and anxiety disorders from those who do not.“

McCall-Hosenfeld’s research goal is to identify specific coping strategies associated with better mental health outcomes to develop future interventions to prevent and treat mood and anxiety disorders among rural women who are exposed to IPV.

This award provides funding for physician-scientists in the process of establishing their own research teams and enables them to secure 75 percent of their professional time for clinical research.

For more information on the foundation, visit www.ddcf.org online.

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Last Updated August 16, 2012