Psychology professors Eaton and Stephens selected for APA ProDIGS grant award

This award is an American Psychological Association grant for a program called "Promoting Psychological Research and Training on Health Disparities Issues at Ethnic Minority Serving Institutions (ProDIGs)." This small grant program supports early career faculty for specific, limited and highly focused activities related to the preparation of a federal or foundation funding proposal.

The ProDIGs initiative also seeks to increase the capacity of faculty to engage in health disparities research and to encourage student involvement in health disparities research training.

Drs. Asia Eaton and Dionne Stephens' project is titled “Identifying intimate partner relationship scripts to reduce verbal sexual coercion among Hispanic emerging adults” and it seeks to identify the beliefs and attitudes that Hispanic emerging adults hold regarding male to female verbal sexual coercion in intimate relationship contexts. This research will provide health disparities information regarding verbal sexual coercion specifically, and dating violence broadly.

The long term goal of this research is to develop a quantitative measure of verbal sexual coercion specific to this population’s belief systems, and to implement a large scale culturally appropriate intervention to decrease the rates of dating violence in diverse Hispanic communities. Another goal of this project is the strengthening of institutional capacity for recruitment, retention, training, and research of racial/ ethnic minority students.

The award amount is $6,500 for the project, as well as $2,400 to attend the 7-day MFP/PSI Professional Development Institute held in Washington, DC, July 14-20, 2013.