Preparing Emerging Child Well-Being Scholars for Leadership
Doris Duke Fellowship transitions into the Child Well-Being Research Network
The Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being were launched in 2010 by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Inc. Over a decade, the fellowship identified and developed 120 leaders who conducted research that enhanced child development and improved the nation’s ability to prevent child maltreatment.
In 2021, the Doris Duke Fellowships built on this foundation by transitioning and expanding into the Child Well-Being Research Network. The Network engages researchers from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and disciplines to advance the field of child well-being and prevention of child maltreatment. Its activities focus on creating a collaborative network of researchers and graduate students through activities such as mentoring, learning opportunities, writing groups and retreats, and networking events.
In addition to the Network, Chapin Hall is managing Research to Action (R2A) Grants, a small grants program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The grants are an opportunity for teams of researchers and their policy or practice partners to design and implement an applied research, translation, and dissemination project. Six teams of fellows and Network members chosen by a national Selection Committee will receive funding for 15-month projects. Projects must focus on a specific child well-being policy or practice question. Proposals will be selected in part based on how they incorporate principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
An Equity Study was conducted during the transformation of the Doris Duke Fellowships into the Child Well-Being Research Network to assess how staff members, national advisory board members, academic and policy mentors, and Doris Duke Fellows experienced diversity, equity and inclusion (“DEI”) during their participation in the Fellowships. Lee Ann Huang, a Chapin Hall researcher, and Dr. Jacquelynn Duron, a Doris Duke Fellow on the faculty at Rutgers University, led the study with substantive support from Mickie Brown and Amber Joiner-Hill. Findings will be shared in mid-2021.
Huang, who focuses on child abuse and neglect prevention, is leading the transition project. She oversees the R2A Grants program and as a co-chair of the Network’s Executive Committee, partners with Doris Duke Fellows to strategically plan and launch the Network.
Other Chapin Hall staff working on the Child Well-being Research Network include:
- Leticia Brown, a project associate at Chapin Hall, coordinates the R2A Grants proposal and training process and provides logistical and administrative support.
- Tiffany Burkhardt, a Chapin Hall researcher whose work focuses on support programs that promote family and child well-being and prevent child maltreatment, is the evaluation director for the R2A Grants program.
- The annual network analysis is led by Colleen Schlecht, a Chapin Hall researcher whose work focuses on vulnerable child and youth populations.
- Raya Kenepp, a Chapin Hall intern, coordinates the project’s communication
- Deborah Daro, a senior research fellow at Chapin Hall, founded and led the Doris Duke Fellowships through all eight active cohorts. Daro is one of the nation’s leading experts in child abuse prevention policy, and she continues to advise the project team as it transitions to new initiatives.