Preparing Future Leaders in Preventing Child Abuse

Chapin Hall and the Doris Duke Foundation build fellowship program to promote child well-being

The 120 Doris Duke Fellows represent two core ideas. First, that learning happens best in interdisciplinary groups. And second, that carefully crafted research can improve child well-being public policy and practice. Combined, these ideas create a powerful starting point for identifying innovation in child welfare policy.

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. The fellowship program identifies and develops leaders who conduct practice and policy-relevant research that enhances child development and improves the nation’s ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. The report The Power of Connections: Creating a Network of Emerging Scholars to Spark Innovation provides an overview of the program, the status of the Doris Duke fellows, and the growing strength of the fellowship network.

Since its beginning, 120 fellows have been selected from a range of academic disciplines and universities from around the country to create a robust peer learning network that includes in-person meetings, information exchanges through webinars and online resources, small group projects, and a strong mentoring component. Chapin Hall continues to lead and maintain this learning network, and many resources developed for the fellows are available publicly through Chapin Hall’s YouTube channel.

Dr. Deborah Daro developed and chairs the Doris Duke Fellowships. A senior research fellow at Chapin Hall, Daro is one of the nation’s leading experts in child abuse prevention policy. She oversees the network of Doris Duke fellows– leaders in child well-being and prevention research who span the country and represent an array of disciplines and research interests.

The Fellowships program is managed by Lee Ann Huang, a researcher at Chapin Hall focusing on child abuse and neglect prevention; the internal evaluation of the fellowships is directed by Colleen Schlecht, a Chapin Hall researcher whose work focuses on vulnerable youth populations and at-risk children. Mickie Anderson, a project assistant at Chapin Hall, coordinates the fellowships’ communication strategies and provides logistical and administrative support.

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