Maryam Kia-Keating and Karen Nylund-Gibson of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School have been awarded 2010-11 Hellman Family Faculty Fellowships. Kia-Keating’s research project is entitled “Intimate Partner Violence, Child Self-Regulation, and Longitudinal Outcomes;” Nylund-Gibson’s research project is entitled “Establishing Best Practices for Mixture Models.”
Established in 1995 by Warren and Patrician Christina Hellman, the fund for these fellowships helps ensure that important research by junior faculty receives needed support. For many past recipients, the Hellman has played a critical role in their careers — leading to publication, important new contacts, research funding from other sources, or new research directions.
Maryam Kia-Keating is an Assistant Professor in the UCSB Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. She received her A.B. from Dartmouth College, Ed.M. from Harvard University in Risk and Prevention, and Ph.D. from Boston University in Clinical Psychology. Kia-Keating completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the University of California, San Diego/VA Healthcare Systems. As a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, San Diego she was the Clinical Director of a school-based secondary prevention program. Kia-Keating has received specialized training in child traumatic stress in her work with two National Child Traumatic Stress Network research and intervention centers: the Childhood Violent Trauma Center at the Yale Child Study Center, and the Center for Refugee Trauma at the Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical Center Boston. Most recently, Kia-Keating was appointed to serve on the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Psychosocial Effects of War on Children and Families who are Refugees from Armed Conflict Residing in the United States. Kia-Keating’s research examines the impact of stressful events and adversity on developmental trajectories, with a priority on the study of ethnic minority and other vulnerable and/or understudied populations. She has a particular emphasis and expertise in refugees and immigrants. Her research aims to better identify the factors and processes that explain both risk and resilience in the face of high-risk environments, in order to inform clinical interventions.
Karen Nylund-Gibson is an Assistant Professor in the UCSB Department of Education. She received a B.S. in Mathematics from Sonoma State University and a M.S. in Survey Research and Statistics from University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She received her Ph.D. in Advanced Quantitative Methods from the UCLA’s School of Education in 2007. After completion of her doctoral work, Nylund-Gibson spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow on an NIH/NIMH Prevention Science Training Grant through the Prevention Research Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her primary area of research is in the development and application of quantitative methods used in social science. She has particular expertise in latent variable modeling, structural equation modeling, longitudinal analysis, and finite mixture models. Dr. Nylund-Gibson is active in the American Educational Research Association and is a founding member of the Prevention Science Methodology Group II, a group of early career prevention researchers. In additional to her methodological work, Dr. Nylund-Gibson collaborates with colleagues in the fields of Education, Psychology, Public Health, and Environmental Science.
[Maryam Kia-Keating and Karen Nylund-Gibson are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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