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Rotary names Noelle Fields Professor of the Year

Dr. Noelle Fields was recognized May 3rd by the Arlington Sunrise Rotary Club.
Dr. Noelle Fields was recognized May 3rd by the Arlington Sunrise Rotary Club.

A local Rotary club named a School of Social Work professor as one of its top civic honorees.

The Arlington Sunrise Rotary named Noelle Fields, an assistant professor, as one of its 2019 Professors of the Year. The club also recognized seven other professors from various UTA colleges and schools with the same honor.

Scott Ryan, dean of the School of Social Work, presented Dr. Fields with the award during a morning breakfast at a Rolling Hills Country Club in Arlington.

“I am proud to stand alongside everyone here…in recognizing Noelle for her outstanding research, teaching, mentoring and contributions to our city, state and nation,” Dr. Ryan said during the presentation.

Dr. Fields is the Cheryl Milkes Moore Faculty Fellow in Mental Health Research in the School of Social Work. She is a licensed clinical social worker who joined the UTA faculty in 2013.

Recently, the National Institutes of Health awarded Dr. Fields and a School of Social Work colleague, Ling Xu, nearly $460,000 to research interventions for caregivers of dementia patients. The researchers are studying ways to reduce stress on those who care for loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

In another study, Dr. Fields and her peers are researching the use of robots to improve the psychological health of older adults. The research is aimed at, among other things, determining how older adults respond to robots and whether this interaction would reduce their loneliness, anxiety and depression.

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Antoine Reuben Gray
The Arlington Sunrise Rotary honored UTA faculty members for the fourth year as Professors of the Year for service above self.

News Topics: Faculty, Awards, General