2022 Dissertation Research Award Winners

The Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness is pleased to announce the two Dissertation Research Award winners for the 2022–2023 academic year. The Dissertation Research Award Program was established to assist full-time doctoral students of public health who are conducting dissertation research in the field of positive health science or another closely related field. Through this program, the Center seeks to involve students in its work to (1) build a rigorous science of positive health and well-being and (2) translate science into practice and policy.

 

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Hayami Koga, PhD candidate, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Psychological Well-Being and its Association to Motor Function, Parkinsonism, and Cardiometabolic Biomarkers

 

 

 

 

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Beth Stelson, PhD candidate, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The Effect of Supportive Work Environments & Vicarious Trauma on the Physical Health of Hospital Workers: A Multilevel Mediation and Moderation Analysis

“Funding from the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness will support my dissertation research on how supportive work environments may buffer the physical health effect of endemic occupational vicarious trauma experienced by hospital nurses and patient care workers. This research aims to illuminate existing organizational opportunities to leverage elements of a positive work environment to protect the health and wellbeing of this critical workforce. With the emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic decimating hospital-based workforces, ensuring that this research is publicly available is more important than ever. This dissertation award will allow this research to be freely disseminated and open access.”