Clark psychology researcher receives $100K from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

August 28, 2015

Grant will support Nicole M. Overstreet, Ph.D., in examining the needs of those affected by intimate partner violence

Nicole Overstreet, assistant professor of psychology at Clark University

Nicole Overstreet, assistant professor of psychology at Clark University

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation's leading philanthropy in health and health care, has awarded Nicole M. Overstreet, assistant professor of psychology at Clark University, a 24-month grant through the New Connections program. Overstreet is among a select group of Junior Investigators to receive a New Connections grant.

The grant will allow Overstreet to examine nationwide trends in service priorities (medical, housing, community, legal, and victim's advocate services) and unmet service needs among people experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV), sociocultural factors that prevent access to service needs, and the relation between unmet service needs and poor health outcomes for those who experience partner violence. Overstreet said she hopes study findings will contribute to strategies to effectively improve IPV service access and health outcomes.

New Connections is a national program designed to introduce new scholars to RWJF and expand the diversity of perspectives that inform the Foundation's programming. New Connections seeks early-to mid-career scholars who are historically underrepresented ethnic or racial minorities, first-generation college graduates, or individuals from low-income communities.

"We are so excited to welcome Nicole Overstreet into the ninth cohort of New Connections grantees. The program connects first-time grantees to the Foundation, and the new perspectives they bring are essential to solving the critical, complex issues affecting our nation's health," says Catherine Malone, DBA, MBA, and Program Officer at RWJF.

"This cohort joins the larger New Connections network of more than 850 scholars — a network that provides opportunities for scholarly support and collaboration for academics from underrepresented groups," says Malone.

"I am honored to be a recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Connections grant for junior investigators," says Overstreet. "The New Connections award provides me with an invaluable opportunity to connect with scholars who are committed to improving the health of individuals and communities, particularly those who are affected by violence."

More information about New Connections is available at

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