JOLIET – The University of St. Francis (USF) is proud to announce that Associate Professor of Social Work Alicia McLaughlin has been awarded a 2017 Fulbright Scholarship.
McLaughlin is the first professor at the university to receive this honor.
McLaughlin plans to conduct her research at the University of Guyana in Guyana, South America, and will focus on the nationwide suicide epidemic affecting the country associated with mass murders by cult leaders.
Currently the suicide issue is being addressed collaboratively by the country’s Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and the University of Guyana social work department.
McLaughlin will work with the undergraduate social work students at the university on how best to address the suicide issue, particularly among the young population. She plans to focus on the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health issues.
McLaughlin’s goal is to leave behind a comprehensive mental health suicide prevention and treatment training program for social work faculty and professionals within Guyana’s community.
McLaughlin has taught at USF for nine years in the bachelor’s and master’s social work programs.
The Fulbright Scholarship was created in 1946 by Senator J. William Fulbright as a way of increasing the mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
It is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.
The goal of the scholarship is to develop open communication and long-term cooperative relationships. Since the scholarship was created, more than 370,000 individuals have participated in the program.
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