Julia Reddy Awarded Prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Julia Reddy is a research assistant with the Children’s Data Network and a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. This past year, she was awarded the highly competitive Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. The Kirschstein F31 research award is decided after rigorous NIH peer review and is intended to provide mentored research training to doctoral students with the potential to become productive independent investigators.

Julia Reddy’s research, which will be overseen by the CDN Director Dr. Emily Putnam-Hornstein, is titled “Performance and Outcomes of Child Protection System Reporting Policies Regarding Infants Born with Prenatal Substance Exposure.” This mixed methods project aims to analyze associations among hospital substance use diagnosing, neonatal CPS reporting, and custody placements through lenses of policy analysis and intersectionality.

Reddy’s two-year funding period will commence on August 14th 2023. In addition to Dr. Putnam-Hornstein, who will serve as the Research Sponsor of the project, Julia will also receive training and mentorship from Dr. Hendree Jones, Dr. Davida Schiff, Dr. Laura Faherty, Dr. Anissa Vines, Dr. Carolyn Halpern, and CDN researcher Dr. Rebecca Rebbe.

Congratulations, Julia! We are so proud of all that you have accomplished and are thrilled for what’s to come!

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