Ali Giusto wins award, successfully defends doctoral dissertation

Ali Giusto was awarded the Charles Hughes Fellowship from the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (SSPC). The award is presented to a graduate student who has an interest in and commitment to research in cultural aspects of mental health and illness. Ali was selected for the competitive award for her manuscript “Observational measurement of family functioning for a low-resource setting: Adaptation and feasibility in a Kenyan sample.” In April, she presented the paper, which derives from her doctoral research, at the SSPC annual meeting in San Diego. The manuscript is now under review for publication.

On May 4, Ali successfully defended her doctoral dissertation “Development and Piloting of an Intervention to Reduce Alcohol Use and Improve Family Engagement Among Fathers in Kenya.” She now heads to Columbia University – New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she will complete her Clinical Psychology internship with a focus in child and family treatment and assessment. Ali is completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology and is a doctoral scholar in Global Health.