MSW Student Awards
Doctoral Student Awards
Dissertation Year Fellowship: Yunkyung Jung, Amanda Sheely, & Dustianne North
Yunkyung Jung's research interests focus on empirical investigation of productive aging, which is a recent gerontological perspective emphasizing the productive contribution of the elderly population to society. Productive activities refer to the activities that produce social valued goods and services performed by the elderly and such activities often include paid work, volunteering, and caregiving. In her dissertation, she proposed pathway models that link engagement in productive activities and physical and psychological well-being of older adults focusing on the roles of gender and socioeconomic status. She is especially interested in examining whether the influences of the productive activities and well-being are conditioned by gender and socioeconomic status.
Amanda Sheely, MSW, MPH, has been awarded UCLA Graduate Division's Dissertation Year Fellowship. Amanda's dissertation investigates the ways that California counties tailor welfare provision to the unique political and economic environments of their counties. She is specifically interested in whether counties have used the new discretion granted to them after the passage of welfare reform to tailor welfare services to meet local needs. Or, if counties are acting to control caseloads even in during economic downturns.