Fielding Graduate University News

Fielding doctoral student Monique Morris receives Soros Justice Fellowship award

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Sep 06, 2012

Monique MorrisThe Open Society Foundations announced award of $1.5 million to a cohort of emerging and established leaders working to advance fairness and transparency in the U.S. criminal justice system, of which Fielding Graduate University doctoral student Monique Morris, is a recipient. 

The 2012 Soros Justice Fellows include investigative journalists, lawyers, academics, grassroots organizers, policy advocates, and filmmakers working on a range of justice reform issues at the local, state, and national levels.

The 2012 Soros Justice Fellows will tackle issues at the core of the Open Society Foundations’ work, such as addressing barriers that people face upon leaving prison, the harsh treatment of youth in the criminal justice system, and the impact of incarceration on communities of color. They will also be working on cutting edge reform efforts around the country, like projects to trim criminal justice costs in local jurisdictions and the role of architecture in social justice issues.  They join more than 275 other individuals who, since 1997, have received support through the Soros Justice Fellowships; and who are part of a broader Open Society Foundations effort to curb mass incarceration, eliminate harsh punishment, and ensure a fair and equitable system of justice in the United States.

Monique Morris will be researching how education related policies and practices lead to the overrepresentation of black girls in the juvenile justice system.

monique morris resized 600Monique is the CEO of the MWM Consulting Group, LLC, which advances concepts of fairness, diversity, and inclusion. She is a former Vice President for the NAACP, Director of Research and Senior Research Fellow at UC Berkeley Law School’s Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, and Senior Research Associate at the National Center on Crime and Delinquency. She is the author of Too Beautiful for Words and co‐writer of Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story. She is also a frequent commentator and lecturer on issues pertaining to race, gender, rights, and social justice. Morris has a BA from Columbia University and an MA from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and is a Doctoral student at Fielding Graduate University’s School of Educational Leadership and Change.

For more information about Monique Morris, please visit her website.

Tags: social justice, educational leadership, diversity, leadership, human rights, research funding

Starbright World awards research grant to psychology faculty member

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Mar 21, 2012

Joe Bush 0008Joseph P. Bush, PhD, a faculty member and associate dean with Fielding’s School of Psychology, has received an award from the Starlight Children’s Foundation to conduct a research project  titled “Starbright World: Effectiveness and Child Protection Policies and Procedures.”


The research will evaluate the effectiveness of Starbright World (SBW), an online environment designed and operated for the benefit of children diagnosed with serious chronic illnesses. The evaluation will examine the effects of SBW involvement on children’s psychosocial functioning. Children with the chronic illness cystic fibrosis will be the focus of the study.


Congratulations to Dr. Bush for receiving this distinguished award for your significant research contributing to improving quality of life for children with serious chronic illnesses.


Tags: psychology, clinical psychology, healthcare, pediatric psychology, research funding

Fielding announces student research grants

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Feb 10, 2012

Fielding congratulates the following students who have received research grants of amounts up to $1,000 from the university. The awardees were chosen by the research funds granting committee headed by Provost Katrina Rogers, PhD.

School of Psychology:

Jeff Bryson (Rainbow City, AL) - “Toward a synergistic cognitive-behavioral model for concomitant insomnia and pain”

Chuck Cancilla (Buford, GA) - “Mindful versus traditional martial arts towards improved academic grades in children diagnosed with ADHD”

Claude Robinson, PhD (Knoxville, TN) - “A validity study of projective drawings”

 School of Educational Leadership & Change:

Lauri Francis (Peekskill, NY) - “Teacher leadership for the 21st century: Teacher leaders’ experience in supporting the pedagogical practice of academic rigor”

School of Human & Organizational Development:

Kathy Kaya (Carlsbad, CA), “An exploration of Sansei women’s experience of a holistic approach to learning about their own and others’ encounters with oppression and privilege”


In addition, psychology students Salvatore Carbonaro (Fresno, TX) and Heidi Mattila (Washington, DC) earned the award for best research poster at Fielding’s national session in January 2012, “Self-reported alcohol consumption and religiosity among clinicians affects severity ratings of clients’ alcohol consumption”


Tags: APA, psychology, Advising and Student Development, graduate education, research funding