The Clayton awards honor the memory of the founder of advanced degree education at Virginia Commonwealth University by recognizing and tangibly rewarding student achievement. Awards are made to students in Master's and Ph.D. Programs. Congratulations Monique and Kristen!

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry congratulated their 2014 award winners with a release published online April 3rd, 2014. Dr. Mezuk was featured for winning the Barry Lebowitz Early Career Scientist Award at the AAGP Annual Meeting in March. Click here to read the article.

Congratulations, Dr. Mezuk!



Dr. Mezuk, along with Dr. Kiarri Kershaw of Northwestern University, were featured in Men's Health Magazine. The article, written by Laura Beil, discusses the association between "negative relationships" and belly fat accumulation. Click here to read the full article.

Dr. Jeannie Cocha has been selected to attend the American Psychological Association's Advanced Training Institute on Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups. The Advanced Training Institute will take place from June 1st through June 6th in at Michigan State University in East Lansing. To read more about the Advanced Training Institute, click here. Congratulations, Dr. Concha!



Dr. Mezuk and Dr. Lebowitz

Dr. Mezuk, who won the 2014 Barry Lebowitz Early Career Scientist Award from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, with Dr. Lebowitz himself! Dr. Lebowitz and Dr. Mezuk were participating in the Advanced Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health in Phoenix, Arizona in early April.

Dr. Mezuk receiving her award

Dr. Mezuk was presented with the Barry Lebowitz Early Career Scientist Award during the opening plenary at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. The award honors the best original research paper submitted by an early career scientist. Dr. Mezuk's award-winning paper, "Comorbidity between major depression and type 2 diabetes in mid-life: Exploring causal effects using a twin design" was also featured in the Research Awards Paper Session.

Dr. Mezuk and Matthew Lohman won the "Best Early Investigator Poster" for their poster titled, "Suicide in long-term care and assisted-living facilities from 2003-2011."

National Public Radio's Community Idea Stations featured Dr. Mezuk and Arden Moscati's research on the link between religion and substance use and abuse. To listen to Dr. Mezuk's interview with Idea Stations' reporter, John Ogle, click here.

The VCU Center on Society and Health Blog featured Dr. Mezuk's research on the impact of high school debate participation on academic achievement, specifically college attendance and graduation. This research on debate participation began while Dr. Mezuk was a fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. To read the full blog post by Jill Hellman, click here.