Lab Member Highlight: Elsa Friis

Elsa Friis, a doctoral student in the Puffer Lab, was recently named a Doctoral Scholar in the Duke Global Health Institute. She joins Ali Giusto, also a Doctoral Scholar in the lab.

Elsa also received two recent awards for her research presented at national conferences. From the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, Elsa won the prestigious Charles Hughes Award presented to a graduate student who has an interest in and commitment to cultural psychiatry and mental health. This award was given based on her research paper, “Family-Based Adolescent Maltreatment in Kenya: Development of a Culturally Grounded Model.” She gave a featured presentation of this paper at the Society’s 38th Annual Meeting.

Elsa was also awarded a Meritous Student Abstract Award by the Society of Behavioral Medicine at their 38th Annual Meeting. She presented an oral paper presentation entitled: ” The Impact of a Family-Based Prevention Program on Economic Communication and Household Economics: Results of a Randomized Trial “