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UTSA Researcher Receives Grant to Study Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
UTSA

July, 2012

Amy Chanmugam, an assistant professor of social work at The University of Texas at San Antonio, has received a $17,500 grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to research the mental health needs of children in domestic violence shelters.

            Her proposal was selected from a pool of 44 applicants from universities across Texas. In total, 10 tenure-track assistant professors in Texas were awarded a sum of $174,627 by the Hogg Foundation to advance innovative academic research in mental health.

            Through her research, Chanmugam will develop a comprehensive picture of how mothers perceive and seek help for children exposed to domestic violence that have mental health needs. She identifies children who have lived through domestic violence as an underserved and under-researched population vulnerable to poor mental health, academic and social outcomes.

            “Children typically make up at least half of the residents in shelters and we know from previous research that about half of them arrive with emotional or behavioral challenges or post-traumatic stress symptoms, but we don’t know about families’ experiences seeking mental health services for them,” Chanmugam said. “By discussing the study’s results afterwards with practitioners, community policy makers and other researchers, I hope to contribute to improving mental health access for children who’ve been exposed to domestic violence.”

            With her foundation award, Chanmugam plans to work with 30 mothers of school age children living in domestic violence shelters in Texas.

            “The work that these grantees produce will advance our knowledge in critical areas of mental health. The grant initiative will also help these researchers build upon their budding careers,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the foundation.

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About the Hogg Foundation

The Hogg Foundation advances recovery and wellness in Texas by supporting mental health services, policy analysis, research and public education. The foundation was created in 1940 by the children of former Texas Gov. James S. Hogg and is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.

 

About UTSA

The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the largest of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution of access and excellence, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in more than 135 degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and the Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. Learn more at www.utsa.edu.



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