The Irene E. Harms Award recognizes the outstanding academic potential of students who strive for academic excellence in one or more of three areas of child psychology: translational science, community-engaged research, and outreach to communities. Translational science includes research that bridges basic science and real-world applications and includes policy research. Child Clinical and Developmental graduate students in the Department of Psychology can apply for the award, which provides $2300 to be used for a variety of research-related activities and costs for translational and/or community-engaged research, and/or for community outreach.
We are pleased to announce the 2020 Irene E. Harms Award recipient: Shana Ramsook Ratcliff, a Child Clinical Psychology graduate student.
Shana’s primary research interest is in how early childhood factors, such as parent-child communication and child cognition, influence children’s emotional competence. She is also highly committed to bridging the gaps between research practice and policy. Her mentor is Dr. Pamela Cole. Shana received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Music, cum laude, from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and worked as a lab coordinator at Temple University. As a graduate student, she is a fellow in the Training Interdisciplinary Educational Scientists (TIES) fellowship program. She recently began a pre-doctoral internship with the National Home Visiting Resource Center (NHVRC) in Washington D.C., where she has been able to expand her knowledge of translating research findings into high-quality community-based prevention and intervention services for children and their families. Shana is appreciative of the Irene E. Harms Award as it will allow her to extend her work with the NHVRC beyond the end date of her internship, continue her research and dissertation preparations, and provide the ability to pursue training in specialized methodological skills. All of these opportunities will put Shana on an excellent path to achieving her goal of securing a research policy focused position in the Washington D.C. area.
Please join us in congratulating Shana!