Faculty Update: Marshall to Study Financial Strain with NIH Grant

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Social Work Assistant Professor Gillian L. Marshall has received a prestigious five-year NIH Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award to study financial strain in older adults.

Dr. Gillian Marshall. Photo by Steve Zorc, Case Western Reserve University. Used with permission.Social Work Assistant Professor Gillian Marshall has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the relationship between financial strain, stressful life events, and adverse mental and physical health outcomes among the older adult population. Dr. Marshall’s primary area of scholarship is the intersection of aging, stress, mental health and health disparities. Specifically, she is interested in these effects among older women and African Americans because other published studies show that older women and minorities experience a disproportionate amount of financial strain.

The grant, for more than $600,000 over five years, is a prestigious Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award, also known as a “K01” award. Dr. Marshall is the first faculty member at UW Tacoma to be awarded this funding mechanism. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), of which the National Institute on Aging is a part, created the grant program to expand the pipeline of scientists moving through the earliest stages of their careers into the roles of fully independent researchers.

Over the next 5 years Dr. Marshall will receive training, professional development and mentorship to analyze nationally representative data of individuals aged 50 years and over. “I hope that the result of my work improves the health outcomes for all older adults,” said Dr. Marshall.

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John Burkhardt / January 20, 2016
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John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or johnbjr@uw.edu