Evelyn Hunter, an assistant professor in the College of Education’s Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling, was selected to participate as a Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) Scholar at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, a division of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
The goal of the HDRI is to support the research career development of early stage investigators like Hunter who are pursuing research careers in minority health and health disparities.
Dr. Hunter’s research aims to shift paradigms of understanding toward equity and justice by investigating the ways in which our psychosocial experiences (rooted in who we are) intersect with and impact mental health and behavioral constructs. These include disparities in mental and physical wellness constructs such as disordered eating and chronic illness (e.g. MS), psychology trainee competencies, leadership, and other constructs within multicultural studies.
“The Health Disparities Research Institute at NIMHD was an incredible opportunity to develop skillsets critical to success as an independent investigator in health disparities,” said Hunter. “As an HDRI scholar, I had unique opportunities to learn from prominent research mentors in health equity, genomics, chronic disease, social and environmental justice, and more. HDRI helped me to refine my program of research, demystified the grant application process, and connected me with other promising early investigators across the country working in minority health and health disparities.”
The week-long institute was held in August, and included only 50 scholars from more than 300 applicants.