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Chatham Psychology Professor Receives Fellowship In Support of Anti-Bullying Research

PITTSBURGH – The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2014-15 American Fellowship to Chatham faculty member, Britney G. Brinkman, Ph.D. Dr. Brinkman is an Assistant Professor in Counseling Psychology at Chatham University. American Fellowships, AAUW’s oldest and largest funding program, dates back to 1888 and support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication.

Dr. Brinkman will utilize her fellowship to work on her upcoming book “Detection and Prevention of Identity-Based Bullying: Social Justice Perspectives.” Her book will examine “identity-based bullying” including any form of bullying related to the characteristics considered unique to a child’s identity or perceived social identity. Utilizing a social constructivist framework and an emphasis on social justice, Brinkman examines identity-based bullying in schools as a microcosm of larger systemic tensions and conflicts. She draws upon an international perspective (examining the United States and the United Kingdom) to provide a framework to describe the impact of culture, social structures, and politics. Dr. Brinkman addresses challenges and barriers to preventing identity-based bullying and offers recommendations for best practices to prevent and intervene in identity-based bullying. The book is slated for publication in late 2015.

“I am honored to receive this fellowship, and to join an amazing group of women scholars who have benefited from this program. This fellowship will provide support to continue and expand my work in helping to address the critical issue of identity-based bullying that is facing children, adolescents, parents and educators today,” said Dr. Brinkman.

Dr. Brinkman specializes in the psychology of social justice, with an emphasis on children and adolescents. She has conducted research projects on gender identity, youth activism, girls’ studies, and confronting discrimination. She is the co-director of the Psychology of Gender Research Team at Chatham University.

“These are life-changing awards,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW vice president of fellowships, grants, and global programs. “We’re so proud to continue this wonderful legacy and to salute this new class of fellows and grantees. They now join the ranks of Nobel Prize winners, celebrated authors, social entrepreneurs, and prominent scholars who have used AAUW funding to advance equality for women and girls.”

For the 2014-15 academic year, AAUW awarded a total of $3.7 million to 244 scholars, research projects, and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls through six fellowships and grants programs. AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education, having awarded nearly $100 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to more than 12,000 women from more than 130 countries since 1888.