Tiffany Sizemore, Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education part of major Robert Wood Johnson award

Duquesne University School of Law Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education Tiffany Sizemore, along with Dr. Tammy Hughes, Duquesne University School of Education and Dr. Jeffrey Shook from the University of Pittsburgh received a research grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in the amount of $350,000.

Funds will support the interdisciplinary project entitled "Improving Juvenile Indigent Defense and Health through Holistic Representation." The period of this award extends from September 15, 2019 through September 14, 2022. 

The broad goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) program is to produce diverse interdisciplinary leaders who conduct and apply high-quality, community-engaged, action-oriented, equity-focused health research in order to drive improvements in the health of communities.

Another central goal of the IRL program is to foster and support new interdisciplinary, action-oriented research collaborations that will help build the evidence base for effective community interventions to improve health for all.

The program recruits and selects applicants represented by teams of three people ("IRL team"): two mid-career researchers and one community member to become IRL program fellows. IRL teams will be the grantees in this program and join together as a diverse cohort of fellows that will participate in a three-year program. During this time, fellows will receive: leadership training; opportunities to learn and apply cutting-edge research methods; expert mentoring; networking opportunities; and, both fellowship and research funds.

Sizemore said of the award, "This allows us to take an important deep dive into the research we've been conducting around our holistic representation model. Ultimately, it will allow us to better serve our clients and the community."

With these resources, IRL fellows will be better equipped to effect change and become the next generation of leaders in population health and health equity research.

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