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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.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to be part of the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program,” states Dr. Brinkman. “I look forward to deepening my work regarding youth participatory action research and collaborating with amazing teammates to evaluate programming for young women of color that helps empower, prevent violence and improve health.”

 About Interdisciplinary Research Leaders
Interdisciplinary Research Leaders is one of a number of leadership development programs supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). These programs continue RWJF’s legacy of supporting the development and diversity of leaders. Initially focused on health and health care, the programs have been expanded, because the Foundation knows that building a Culture of Health requires all of us in every sector, profession, and discipline to work together.  Additional partners providing training and support to fellows include: AcademyHealth, ISAIAH, and Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Information is available at

About Dr. Brinkman
Britney G Brinkman, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology program at Chatham University and co-director of the Psychology of Gender Research Team. Dr. Brinkman is interested in the Psychology of Gender and Social Justice and understanding the impact gender has on the well-being of men, women and children. Dr. Brinkman has a particular interest in the lives of adolescent girls and the importance of designing, implementing and evaluating prevention and early intervention programs. Dr. Brinkman received a 2014-2015 fellowship from the American Association of University Women for work on her book Detecting and Preventing Identity-Based Bullying: Social Justice Perspectives. She is an active member of the Association for Women in Psychology, the Society for Counseling Psychology (Div 17 of APA) and the Society for the Psychology of Women (Div 35 of APA). She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Colorado State University.     

About Gwen’s Girls
Gwen’s Girls is celebrating 15 years of impacting the lives of more than 3,000 girls. Founded in 2002 by the late Gwen Elliott, Gwen’s Girls empowers young girls to lead productive lives by providing them with holistic, gender-specific programs, education and experiences. As one of the few agencies in the nation focused on gender-specific programming for girls, Gwen’s Girls provides a continuum of programs, including prevention, residential, and school-based and community-based programs and services. For more information, please visit