Diversity supplement awarded to HaRRT Center

Department news | September 30, 2021

We are pleased to announce that Mx. Taurmini Fentress, a fourth year PhD student in Social Welfare in the School of Social Work, in partnership with HaRRT Center directors Seema Clifasefi, PhD, and Susan Collins, PhD, has secured an NIAAA Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research to explore resilience in managing and negotiating adverse circumstances in communities that have experienced homelessness and alcohol use disorder. Her research will focus on validating and testing an established measure of resilience (Resilience Research Centre Adult Resilience Measure) to characterize resilience in study participants and test it as a correlate of improved alcohol and quality of life outcomes, as well as a potential mediator of the hypothesized treatment effects. Mx. Fentress will also qualitatively explore the concept of resilience in this population to better understand the strengths and abilities of this marginalized population as they navigate challenging conditions. Through her research, she hopes to help shape interventions that can minimize harms associated with AUD and improve quality of life for individuals and communities alike.