Student wins grant to support dissertation research
Larrell L. Wilkinson, a doctoral candidate in the Arnold School’s Department of Health Services Policy and Management, is the recipient of a $25,000 grant to support his dissertation research in patient-reported outcomes.
The Alvin R. Tarlov & John E. Ware Jr. Doctoral Dissertation Award in Patient-Reported Outcomes is named for Tarlov and Ware, the co-founders of the Health Assessment Lab at the Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H.
Wilkinson, who expects to finish his doctorate in May 2011, works at the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities. Institute director Saundra Glover is guiding his research interests and serving as chair for his dissertation committee, and Janice Probst, director of the S.C. Rural Health Research Center, also is a member of his committee.
Wilkinson said his studies will focus on disparities that appear among young adults who might experience psychological distress. Specifically, the research will examine the association of health care insurance coverage and psychological distress, while also investigating the link within certain population sub-groups at high risk for psychological distress.
The subjects of his research are young adults in the United States, with a particular focus on service members and veterans transitioning to civilian life, current and former prison inmates, and victims of violent crime.
After finishing his Ph.D., Wilkinson said he wants to improve the living standards of disadvantaged people, possibly through a career in academia or government service.
While at USC, Wilkinson has maintained an active schedule. After earning a master’s degree in 2005 from the Arnold School, Wilkinson served as the director of the University’s Office of Substance Abuse Prevention & Education, formerly the Office of Alcohol & Drug Programs.
Leaving that post in 2009 to pursue his doctoral degree full time, Wilkinson has served in various campus organizations and was president of the Black Graduate Student Association. He also is on the Board of Directors for the S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
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