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November 2000Vol. 1, No. 7Five Universities Receive Federal Funding for Child Maltreatment Research

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently awarded nearly $344,000 to five universities for fellowships in the field of child abuse and neglect. The awards are given to encourage doctoral-level students and faculty to pursue research in this area.

As evidence that the awards are stimulating research, the ACF press release announcing the awards cited the research of Dr. Kerry Bolger. She received a fellowship award to fund her research on child maltreatment as a graduate student in 1994 at the University of Virginia, a competitive research award as a professor in 1997 at Cornell, and again this year as a faculty member at the University of Miami at Coral Gables. Bolger has studied peer relationships, behavior, and self-concept among maltreated children, and consequences in adult life of childhood maltreatment.

The fellowships are fulfilling ACF's goal of developing a cadre of researchers devoted to child maltreatment, said Pat Montoya, commissioner of ACF. "We're proud that our stipends have enabled [Dr. Bolger] to pursue a consistent line of research starting as a student and continuing as a faculty member."

Fellowships were awarded to the following universities:

  • University of Illinois, Champaign
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Miami, Coral Gables
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences, Oklahoma City

To view the ACF press release and a complete list of faculty and student grant recipients, visit: