Eusebius Small, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, joins the growing list of UTA professors selected as Fulbright Scholars.
This year he's traveling to the Republic of Sierra Leone to research the social and environmental factors that contribute to HIV incidence, contraceptive use, and prenatal health.
Dr. Small was awarded a grant worth up to $100,000 over 10 months for his research, which focuses on decision-making outcomes among women between 17 and 40 years of age in Sierra Leone. The goal of his research is to enhance the depth and access of professional and scientific knowledge on women's health literacy and sexual behavior among unmarried women in the West African country. Small's work will be completed in June 2017.
"Sierra Leone is a very poor country that was ravaged by civil war from 1991-2002," says Small, a native of Kenya. "The war destroyed Sierra Leone's infrastructure, which includes its health systems, and the people and services there need more researchers and more exposure than any other country."
Fulbright Scholars are selected based on academic or professional achievement and demonstrated leadership potential. The program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.