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Kolvenbach Research Grant Recipients


Marianna Carlucci, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology
Amy Wolfson, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology
Maryland Department of Juvenile Services
Juvenile's and Staff Perceptions of Sleep Quality and Environment During Detention

Qi Shi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Education Specialties
The Esperanza Center Youth ESOL Program
Pre-Service School Counselors Promote Social Emotional Wellbeing of English Learners (ELs) in Baltimore

Sarah Olson, Second Year Psy.D. Student
The Esperanza Center
Acculturation, Eating Disorders, and Body Image: The Impact on Female Immigrants to the U.S.

Shane McHugh, '22, Economics 
Ignatian Solidarity Network at John Carroll University
Divestment from Fossil Fuels: A Financial and Jesuitical Perspective


Nimi Briggs, Clinical Psychology
Living Classrooms Foundation
Assessing the mental health needs of men of color, specifically black men post incarceration

Marianna Carlucci, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Psychology
Amy Wolfson, Ph.D. Professor, Psychology
Maryland Department of Juvenile Services
Sleep Health in Incarcerated Juveniles

Abigail McLaughlin '20, Biology
Mercy Medical Center
Women’s Self-Efficacy through Health Outreach Baltimore’s Education and Employment Resource Requests at Mercy Medical Center

Leah Saal, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Literacy Education
South Baltimore Learning Center
Learning Works: Creating College and Career Readiness Standards Aligned Curriculum and Assessment

Qi Shi, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Education Specialties
The Esperanza Center
Connecting School Counselors-In-Training with English Language Learner (ELL) Youth in Baltimore: A community-based participatory research


Christine Lay, Psy.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology
Intercultural Counseling Connection 
Perceptions and Experiences of Psychotherapy Among Forced Migrants with Limited English Proficiency

Casey Nolan '19, Biology
Mercy Medical Center 
Success through Follow-Up: A Study of Health Outreach Baltimore’s Resource Request Patterns and the Impact of Follow-Up on Resource Acquisition

Thomas O'Brien '20, Biology 
Glenwood Life Counseling Center
Glenwood Life Recovery Gardens

Aileen Van Wie, Psy.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology
Intercultural Counseling Connection
Feasibility and Efficacy of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention for a Substance Abuse Population


Mary Jo Coiro, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Development and Evaluation of a Mental Health Referral System for GEDCO CARES

Michael Comer '18, Biology
Blue Water Baltimore/Herring Run Nursery
Identifying and assessing native biomonitoring plants in Baltimore city
Community Mentor: Elizabeth E. Dahl, Chemistry

Elizabeth Dahl, Associate Professor, Chemistry
Baltimore Green Space
Assessing neighborhood air quality in urban and greenspaces in Baltimore City

Theresa M Robertson, Ph.D. Candidate, Pastoral Counseling
Families Advocating Intelligent Registries
The Efficacy of Compassion-Focused Therapy for Managing Psycho-Spiritual Consequences of Sex Offender Public Registration

Precious Uwaya '18, Accounting
Baltimore Cash
Evaluating Best Practices to Foster Financial Readiness in First Generation College Students
Community Mentor: JP Krahel, Accounting


Lena Caesar, Associate Professor, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences  
US Dream Academy
Effective Strategies and Best Practices for Targeting Literacy Development in African American Boys Attending the Baltimore US Dream Academy’s After-School Program    
Michiko Iwasaki, Assistant Professor, Psychology & Amy Henniger, Psy.D. '18
Baltimore City Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
Program evaluation of the Baltimore City Sexual Assault Response Team (SART): Listening to the Voices of the Survivors         
Kelly Keane, Visiting Affiliate Assistant Professor, Education Specialties       
Govans Elementary School
Barriers and Enablers of Technology Integration in an Urban Charter Elementary School
Leah Saal, Assistant Professsor, Teacher Education   
Maryland New Directions
A New Direction for Assessment    

Libby Kumin, Professor, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Hearing and Speech Agency
Empowering Families of Children with Down Syndrome: Assessing Needs and Developing Information on Speech and Language


Tyler Cochran, ’17, Global Studies and Spanish
Community Agency: International Rescue Committee in Baltimore
Differing Psychological Response to Trauma among Torture Survivors
Community Mentor: Marianna E. Carlucci, Psychology

Jessica Valenti, ’16, Biology and Global Studies
Community Agency: Safe House of Hope
The Effects of Rites of Passage on Victims of Human Trafficking
Community Mentor: Janine Holc, Political Science


Giuliana Caranante, '15, Writing and Psychology
Richnor Spring Neighborhood Association
York Road Literacy and Employment Initiative

Sarah Davarya M.S. '16, Psychology
Community Agency: St. Elizabeth School
Adults with autism spectrum disorder: Supports and barriers to obtaining successful employment
Community Mentor: Sue Murray

Lauren Heery '15, Interdisciplinary Biology/Chemistry & Interdisciplinary English/Classical Civilization
Community Agency: York Road Partnership
Pedestrian Safety and Health Along the York Road Corridor
Community Mentor: Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Theology

Lindsay Smith M.S., '15, Psychology
Community Agency: Safe House of Hope
The relation between Sexual Risk Taking and Perception of Health Risk:
A Preliminary Examination of Condom use Self-Efficacy and the Health Belief Model in Survivors of Sex Trafficking
Community Mentor: Denene M. Yates

Gena Stenger '15, Elementary Education
Community Agency: Acts 4 Youth
Identifying the Effectiveness of Teachers and Mentors for the "At-Risk Youth" of Acts 4 Youth and Increasing Student Retention Rates
Community Mentor: Kevin Good


Briana Ciccarino '15, Global Studies
Community Agency: Caroline Center
Language: the power of words and who cares
Community Mentor: Heather Z. Lyons, Psychology

Brett Kirkpatrick, M.S.'14, Counseling Psychology
Community Agency: GEDCO
Greater Govans Community Food Assessment
Community Mentor: Heather Z. Lyons, Psychology

Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Ph.D., Theology
Community Agency: Health Freedom
Partnering to Promote Health Equality and Justice in Baltimore

Thomas Patrick O’Donnell '15, English
Community Agency: DeWees Recreation Center
Restorative Justice and Community Building at the DeWees Recreation Center—Best Practices Research and Needs Assessment


Lena Gloria Caesar, Ed.D., Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology
Community Agency: U.S. Dream Academy
Predictors of Language and Literacy Performance among At-Risk Students at the Baltimore Learning Center's After-School Program (ASP): A Curriculum Needs Assessment

Betsy Jenkins M.S. '13, Pastoral Counseling
Rev. Jill L. Snodgrass, Ph.D., Pastoral Counseling
Community Agency: Marian House
It's More Than a Job Club, Girlfriend!

Tiphanie G. Sutton M.S., Psychology
Martin F. Sherman, Ph.D., Psychology
Community Agency: Office of Teacher Support and Development of Baltimore City Public Schools
Supporting and Sustaining Educators of Baltimore City Public Schools: An Evaluation of the New Teacher Induction Program

Stephanie Tsang '14, Theology
Community Agency: Stella Maris Hospice
Hospice Treatment, Spirituality, and Quality of Care for End-of-Life Patients
Mentor: Bernadette Roche, Biology

Dominic T. Walker '13, Sociology
Community Agency: St. Ignatius Loyola Academy
Socialization and Education: Navigating Class Difference in Education
Community Mentor: Robert W. Simmons, Teacher Education


Patrick Diamond '13, Global Studies
Community Agency: Saint Vincent de Paul’s Home Connections program
Alternative Financial Service & Homelessness
Community Mentor: Frederick Derrick

Rachel Firestone M.S. '12, Psychology
Community Agency: Caroline Center
Tackling Unemployment Among African-American Women in Baltimore

Daniel Kelly '12, Biology
Community Agency: Parks and People Foundation
The effect of community gardening on attitudes and behaviors surrounding health and nutrition
Community Mentor: Bernadette Roche, Biology

Jacqueline Lovdahl '12, Communication
Community Agency: Esperanza Center
Creating a blueprint for a successful pro bono legal clinic to serve Baltimore immigrants
Community Mentor: Antonia Keane, Sociology

Scott Strickman M.S. '12, Psychology
Community Agency: Caroline Center
Helping the Caroline Center Help Baltimore


Heather E. Dark, M.S. '11, Psychology
Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Ph.D., Education Specialties
Community Agency: Greater Homewood Community Corporation along with Barclay & Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle Schools
Investigating the Digital Divide in Two Baltimore City Schools to Enhance Community Involvement

Drew Leder, Ph.D., Philosophy
Rev. Timothy B. Brown, S.J., Law and Social Responsibility
Community Agency: Jessup Correctional Institution
JCI - Loyola Partnership


Ayla D. Badell '11, Psychology Community Agency: Maryland State Office of Infectious Disease Prevention & Care Services Refugees and Mental Health: The Search for Sanity C. Matthew Cairns '10, Finance and Interdisciplinary Political Science/Philosophy Community Agency: Loyola University Maryland's York Road Redevelopment Committee
Engaging Businesses in the Greater Govans Community: The Potential for Business Incubation on York Road

Alicia K. Condon '10, Interdisciplinary Philosophy/Theology
Community Agency: St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore/Beans and Bread Outreach Center
Evaluating the Experiences of Beans and Bread Volunteers: A Qualitative Investigation

JungGeum Im, M.S. '10 Psychology
Community Agency: Joseph Richey Hospice
Relation between Resilience-related Traits and Volunteerism at Hospice

Elliot King, Ph.D., Communication
Barbara Vann, Ph.D., Sociology
Community Agency: Maryland Correctional Institution for Women College Degree Program
Developing a Blueprint for Creating a Sustainable Degree-granting Higher Education Program at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women

Donna Pitts, Au.D., CCC-A, The Loyola Clinical Centers
Kathleen Ward, M.S., The Loyola Clinical Centers
Community Agency: The Stadium Place, Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO)
Strategies for Improving Communication in Older Adults with Hearing Impairment

Catherine Savell, M.A., Modern Languages and Literatures
Community Agency: Immigration Outreach Service Center of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Baltimore
Assessing Immigrant Needs at the Immigrant Outreach Service Center of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Baltimore