College of Education Faculty Win Innovation Grants

Released May 19, 2016

In the second year of Strategic Innovation awards, projects proposed by three members of the Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology (CECP) faculty have been funded.  Dr. Lisa Edwards, Dr. Bob Fox and Dr. Kevin Tate were all recipients of these highly competitive awards.

As a co-founder of the Latina/o Well-Being Research Initiative (LWRI), Dr. Edwards will work with Dr. Lucas Torres of the Psychology Department to promote academic-community partnerships focused upon well-being in the Latino community. Over time, the LWRI’s goal is the creation of a center or institute that bridges the gap between scholars and community members to advance knowledge of well-being with real-world practicality.

Since 2003 the Behavior Clinic, a joint partnership between Marquette University and Penfield Children’s Center, has developed and tested a program that allows practitioners to go into the homes of children with significant behavioral or emotional problems to work with their families. The Early Pathways program has been recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Dr. Fox and his team will develop and test a new Early Pathways training program for mental health care professionals to implement the program and positively impact the lives of at-risk children across the country.

Partnering with Marquette University’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Dr. Tate will seek to establish the Center for Access and Equity in Higher Education (CAEHE) to serve first-generation, low-income college students. By investigating best practices and partnering with similar organizations around the nation, the CAEHE will build on EOP’s long tradition of setting the national standard for underserved populations and achieve new marks for access and equity in colleges and universities.

In commenting on the awards, Dr. Bill Henk, Dean of the College of Education, voiced great pride in the success of the three CECP scholars.  He noted, “In the best social justice tradition, Drs. Edwards, Fox, and Tate submitted compelling Innovation Fund proposals, all seeking to assist at-risk populations and all clearly deserving of the University’s support.” 

We congratulate our colleagues and their partners for their efforts to conduct innovative research and outreach that furthers the mission of Marquette University, the College of Education, and the CECP department. 


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