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Lincoln-Lemington Resident Selected for Prestigious Minority Fellowship Program

Cheon Graham, a graduate student in Duquesne University’s school psychology program, has been selected for the American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), one of the nation’s most successful, competitive training programs for ethnic and racial minority researchers.

A resident of Pittsburgh’s Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood, Graham is one of just 13 fellows selected from across the nation for the MFP. She is among only three of the selected fellows who is enrolled in a school psychology program. The fellowship is for a maximum of three years.

Graham’s dissertation at Duquesne—a work in progress—will examine how educational status (dropout, GED, diploma, college/training) and employment opportunities impacts the likelihood of decreasing or halting delinquency.

MFP provides a range of supporting programs for fellows including stipend support, dissertation support, ancillary training experiences, mentoring and career guidance and access to an outstanding network of professional contacts. An expert advisory committee provides oversight and program guidance as well as mentoring and professional leadership in concert with university sponsors.

The federally funded MFP program, which began in 1974, has supported more than 750 fellows earning their doctoral degrees. The programs now enjoy sponsorships by the National Institutes of Mental Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Strokes, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. An impressive number of MFP alumni have become leaders in education, research, community action and services, said Hughes.

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