Chatham News

$1.8 Million HRSA Grant Awarded to Chatham University’s Counseling Psychology Program

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced today that it has received a $1.8 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program. The BHWET program is designed to increase the number of psychologists trained to meet the behavioral health needs of vulnerable and medically underserved populations and provide high quality care in an interdisciplinary setting.

With the grant, Chatham’s Counseling Psychology PsyD program will partner with five integrated care clinics at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center  and two community integrated-care clinics serving the behavioral health care needs of vulnerable and medically underserved individuals.  This includes clients whose care is complex because of psychosocial pressures, required medical care, or both, such as LGBT youth, medically challenged youth, pediatric transplant patients, cancer patients, GI disease patients, and medically complex older adults.

The grant will allow Chatham’s PsyD program to build upon its existing partnerships with several clinics at UPMC, including the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Hillman Cancer Center (pediatrics and adult), Visceral Inflammation and Pain Center and Benedum Geriatric Center, to expand the number of practicum offerings focused on integrated care models across the lifespan.  The funding allows Chatham to double the number of advanced PsyD practicum training slots currently available in integrated care settings.

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Dept. of Social Work & Criminology to Host Speaker on Unsolved Murder Case

PITTSBURGH: On October 16th, Chatham University will host speaker, Bill Thomas, who will discuss the cold case of the Colonial Parkway Murders, a case that involves four couples brutally murdered from 1986 to 1989 around Williamsburg, Virginia. Hundreds of investigative eyes have looked at the cases, but they remain unsolved.

The Department of Social Work and Criminology and the Chatham Cold Case Group will be hosting this event at Beckwith Hall on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

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Pittsburgh Promise Scholars to Receive New Housing Scholarship at Chatham

PITTSBURGH: Beginning in the fall of 2018, Pittsburgh Promise Scholars who attend Chatham University will qualify for a $2,000 housing scholarship as part of the Pittsburgh Promise Preferred College Partners Program.

The $2,000 housing scholarship is good for up to 4-years for full-time, on-campus Promise Scholars who graduated from high school in 2018 or later, and is in addition to their Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship and other merit and need-based aid received from Chatham.

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Inauguration of Chatham President Dr. David Finegold to Be Held October 13, 2017

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University will celebrate a new era of education with the inauguration ceremony for its 19th president, Dr. David Finegold, on Friday, October 13, at 2:00 p.m. in the Campbell Memorial Chapel on Chatham’s Shadyside campus.  An all-campus reception is scheduled to take place in the Athletic and Fitness Center immediately following the ceremony. More information at

“An inauguration is a milestone moment for a university, but it’s much more than celebrating a new president,” said Jennifer Potter ’66, Chair of Chatham’s Board of Trustees. “President Finegold’s focus is really about celebrating Chatham—honoring our history, the impact of our college community past and present and charting the future together.”

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Dr. Britney Brinkman Receives a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellowship Grant

PITTSBURGH: Dr. Britney Brinkman, associate professor of graduate psychology programs at Chatham University, has been selected to join Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL), a leadership development program led by the University of Minnesota with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The program is designed to produce research leaders who will create social change and promote health equity within the United States. The three-year fellowship includes funding for training in best practices for promoting evidence-based policy making, as well as grant funding for a research collaboration with Gwen’s Girls, a Pittsburgh-based organization working to empower girls. Dr. Brinkman was awarded the fellowship along with Dr. Kathi Elliott, Executive Director, Gwens Girls, Inc., and Dr. Sara Goodkind, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh. Continue reading

Renowned Authors, Frances Moore Lappe & Julie Guthman, to Speak at Food and Climate Change Conference on October 14, 2017

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability & Environment will host the Food and Climate Change Conference on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Esther Barazzone Center of Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus in Richland, PA.

The conference will explore the intersection between food and climate change, and feature a locally sourced breakfast and lunch, student research demonstrations, breakout sessions and keynote talks from renowned authors Frances Moore Lappé and Julie Guthman.

The conference is free and open to the public. Additional information and registration can be found here:

Funding for the conference is generously provided by The Eden Hall Foundation.

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Peace Corps and Chatham University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

PITTSBURGH: The Peace Corps and Chatham University today announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program housed in the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment. The program offers up to five graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers who have been accepted into the Master of Sustainability, Master of Arts in Food Studies, or dual-degree MSUS+MBA and MAFS+MBA programs. Returned Peace Corps volunteers selected as Coverdell Fellows will receive 25 percent off tuition cost and mandatory fees.

All program Fellows will complete internships in underserved American communities while they pursue their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers. Through their internships, Coverdell Fellows apply what they learn in the classroom to a professional setting while gaining valuable, hands-on experience and  furthering the Peace Corps mission.

Since 1961, Chatham University has had 57 Peace Corps volunteers.

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Chatham University 2017-2018 Music Events Announced

PITTSBURGH: The Chatham University Music Program has announced the 2017-2018 Musical Performance calendar.  All performances are free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Pauline Rovkah, Director of the Piano Program, at or 412-365-1679.

Musicales are held at 4:00 p.m. in James Laughlin Music Center

October 20, 2017
20-21 century Women Composers: works by Alwynne Pritchard,
Rebecca Sunders, Kyle Bartlett and Galina Ustvolskaya
James Iman, piano

November 17, 2017
Beethoven: Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Part VIII
Walter Morales, piano

February 16, 2018
An Afternoon in Vienna: works by Haydn and Schubert, and also Faschingschwank aus Wien by Schumann, and Soirees de Vienne by Liszt
Nanette Kaplan Solomon, piano

March 16, 2018
Beethoven: Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Part VIII
Walter Morales, piano
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Chatham University Women’s Institute Announces Nov. 4 Gender Scholars Symposium and Keynote Speaker

PITTSBURGH:  The Chatham University Women’s Institute and the Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium (PCSC) will host a gender scholars symposium entitled: “Gender Equality in Pittsburgh: Making Intersectional Change Happen” on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 8 AM to 1:30 PM at Chatham University. The symposium will feature over 45 gender scholars and community leaders along with keynote speaker, Jennifer Epps-Addison, Network President and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD).

The symposium is free and open to the public.

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Chatham University Named Again to the Princeton Review Green Honor Roll

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has once again been selected as one of only 24 universities for the Princeton Review’s  2018 Green College Honor Roll.  The Green College Honor Roll recognizes the most environmentally responsible colleges across the United States. This year, 629 colleges were ranked. Chatham earned a perfect Green Rating score (99 out of 99), which measures “a school’s performance as an environmentally aware and prepared institution”.

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