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Work of Counseling Psychology alum Ward featured in UW ICTR Today

March 26, 2014

Earlise C. Ward, who earned her Ph.D. from UW-Madison’s Department of Counseling Psychology, is featured in the latest UW ICTR Today (see page 8).

Ward mugThis publication is a newsletter for UW-Madison’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. This spotlight article begins by stating: "When Earlise Ward, Ph.D., worked at a local community mental health clinic in 2002, she noted serious problems with patient dropout rates among Hmong, African American and Latino clients. She also knew that research examining mental health issues in diverse, underserved communities was hindered by the stigma of mental illness and continued negative perceptions about participating in research.”

The article continues: “Fast forward 12 years, and Ward is a tenured faculty member in the UW School of Nursing and the PI of a $1.8 million NIH-funded depression intervention for African Americans, The Oh Happy Day Depression Intervention (OHDC). She used quantitative and qualitative data from African American research participants to develop and test a culturally-relevant intervention for treating depression among African American adults.

"Ward’s research relies on partnerships with African American churches and community centers in Madison and Milwaukee as part of its recruitment strategy. African American adults are the source of information about how to overcome barriers that racial and ethnic minorities experience in seeking mental health services and/or in receiving proper diagnosis and treatment. Now in its fourth year, the research represents a significant and novel contribution to evidence-based strategies for community-based provision of mental health services in underserved populations.”

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