Julie Maslowsky Chosen as a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar

Tue, May 23, 2017
Julie Maslowsky Chosen as a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar
Julie Maslowsky.

When Julie Maslowsky was 15, she was a counselor at a summer camp for children and adolescents with severe mental health problems. The experience was so profound that she chose a career in academic research, focusing on reducing inequality by improving adolescent health. 

Now an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at The University of Texas at Austin, Maslowsky’s research accomplishments have led her to being named a 2017 William T. Grant Foundation Scholar.

“Even at age 15, I understood that many child and adolescent health and adjustment problems are born of inequalities in income, health care, and education, and the social consequences of those inequalities,” says Maslowsky. “I decided to dedicate my life to reducing inequalities and improving health among children and adolescents.”

Maslowsky is one of just three researchers chosen from across the United States. “This is tremendous recognition for Dr. Maslowsky and her work, and for the College of Education. We are proud that her research has drawn national attention and support from an organization as prestigious as the William T. Grant Foundation,” says Manuel J. Justiz, dean of the College of Education.

Maslowsky’s project, “Preventing Unplanned Repeat Births to Hispanic Teens,” will focus on identifying developmentally and culturally appropriate strategies for reducing unplanned repeat births among Hispanic adolescents, with a focus on postpartum long-acting reversible contraception. “Reducing unplanned repeat births to young mothers is an important opportunity to reduce inequality in two generations—the mother’s and her offspring’s. I am particularly excited to do this work in Texas, which has the largest population of children and adolescents in the U.S,” she says. Eleven percent of all U.S. children live in Texas.

 “We are very excited for Dr. Maslowsky and this award,” says John Bartholomew, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. “The William T. Grant Foundation is highly competitive and her award speaks to the quality of her work to date and the real promise of her work to come.”

Reprinted from the College of Education. See original here

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