Federal Grant Awarded

Katherine Sanchez


The School of Social Work is proud to announce that Assistant Professor Dr. Katherine Sanchez was awarded a two-year federal grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hispanic Health Services’ Research Grant Program. The grant is available to encourage researchers of health services to pursue studies related to health care delivery issues that affect Hispanic-American communities. This includes issues of access to health care, health outcomes, quality of services, and racial health disparities. The $200,000 grant will fund Dr. Sanchez’s research project, which is entitled DESEO: Depression Screening and Education: Options to Reduce Barriers to Treatment.  The purpose of the project is to increase disease literacy, dispel myths about depression and its treatment among Hispanic patients, as well as reduce the stigma associated with receiving mental health care.  Dr. Sanchez hopes that her research project will reduce barriers and engage more Hispanics in treatment for depression. The project will be conducted at One Community Health Center in Fort Worth, Texas whose patient population is majority Hispanic.

2014 AGESW Recipient

Cara Wallace

Doctoral Student Receives Prestigious National Leadership Award

Cara Wallace is the 2014 recipient of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) Doctoral Student Leadership Award.  This national award is given to doctoral students who have demonstrated strong leadership in social work education and aging.  As a recipient of this year’s award, Cara has demonstrated outstanding service, education, and research in social work and aging though activities at UT Arlington, in social work agencies, communities and on the state or national levels. 

Several of UT Arlington’s doctoral students were selected from a highly qualified pool of applicants to be a part of the AGESW Pre-Dissertation Initiative.  The goal of this program is to support dissertation and career development in gerontological social work research and education.  Recipients receive more than ten hours of programming delivered by nationally recognized experts in gerontological social work research and teaching, which is designed to prepare participants for an academic career in gerontological social work. Cara Wallace was a member of the 2012 cohort, Brandi Felderhoff was a member of the 2013 cohort, and Rupal Parekh is a current member of the 2014 cohort.


PhD Students, Cara Wallace and Shannon Silva


The School of Social Work is proud to announce PhD students Cara Wallace and Shannon Sliva have been selected to receive the Spring 2015 Dissertation Fellowship from the Office of Graduate Studies. Both students will receive a $9,700 stipend to assist with tuition fees in a dissertation or doctoral completion course.  In addition to financial assistance, the dissertation fellowship provides students with time to focus their research efforts exclusively on completing the final stages of their doctoral studies, as well as complete their degrees. Dissertation fellowships are available to doctoral students with approved dissertation proposals or prospectuses who have completed all or most of the research needed to complete their dissertations. Fellowship recipients must be focused largely on writing their dissertations and not conducting new research.

The School of Social Work is proud of both Cara Wallace and Shannon Sliva and wish them well as they finish their dissertations and much success in securing an academic position.