Rayane Alamuddin, Lindsay Till Hoyt Named AAUW Fellows

Rayane Alamuddin, Lindsay Till Hoyt Named AAUW Fellows

Rayane Alamuddin

Human Development and Social Policy doctoral students Rayane Alamuddin and Lindsay Till Hoyt both won American Association of University Women (AAUW) fellowships. Alamuddin received the international fellowship, and Hoyt received the American fellowship.

Alamuddin received an International Doctoral Fellowship to support her pre-dissertation and dissertation research. As part of a team of researchers headed by professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale and in collaboration with other universities, she will be studying the effects of a dual-generation educational program on the lives of low-income young families in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

“More specifically, I hope to study aspects of how various family-life processes are influenced by parents’ participation in an educational workforce program while their young children attend an Early Head Start or Head Start program,” Alamuddin says.

“I hope to contribute to the development of dual-generational education programs, as well as policies pertaining to low-income families in general, and workforce programs and early childhood education.”

Before joining HDSP, Alamuddin completed a BA and MA in psychology from the American University of Beirut, and she went on to teach undergraduate psychology courses and work for the International Medical Corps in her home country, Lebanon. Alamuddin also recently won the Open Society Foundations’ Global Supplementary Grant, commonly referred to as Soros.

Alamuddin says her research interests have been largely inspired by her experiences and work in psychoeducational programming in the aftermath of the July 2006 war on Lebanon. “The need for better research, programs and evaluations pertaining to families, work and education, and the need for mixed methods research that includes participants’ voices led me to HDSP and my current work,” she says.

Lindsay Till Hoyt
Hoyt won the AAUW American Fellowship to support her dissertation research, which takes a positive approach to studying adolescent development.

“This perspective is often overlooked in favor of measuring risk-taking, sensation-seeking, and negative emotions that are linked to increases in both physical and mental health disorders during the teenage years. However, in my work, I have found that positive emotions such as happiness and positive characteristics such as high self-esteem are also important, unique predictors of health and well-being,” says Hoyt.

“Although this strengths-based vision of adolescence can be a promising strategy to improve health in all youth, I believe that it may be particularly salient for girls, who are at a greater risk for depression and anxiety than are boys. Therefore, I think that this framework fits well with the mission of the AAUW. For many years, I have tried to nurture and encourage positive characteristics for young women in my community, and as an academic I hope to promote positive youth development for adolescent girls (and boys) on a national scale. I am very proud be following in the steps of AAUW alumnae who have worked to advanced educational and social opportunities for the next generation of female scholars, both through their research and their example,” she says.

At Northwestern, Hoyt is a member of the Cluster for Society, Biology, and Health, an interdisciplinary graduate training environment that fosters innovative research on the associations among human biology, society and health. She also is a graduate student affiliate of the Institute of Policy Research (IPR) and Cells to Society (C2S). She works with SESP professors Emma Adam and Lindsay Chase-Lansdale.

AAUW advances educational and professional opportunities for women, and AAUW fellows pursue research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities.

“I'm so honored to be selected as an AAUW Fellow for 2012-13,” says Hoyt. “It’s a really impressive organization. For over 100 years, AAUW members have been working to promote educational and economic equity both in the U.S. and abroad. … I really encourage other undergraduate and graduate SESP students to learn more about this organization – not only as a potential source of funding but also as a valuable membership opportunity.”

Hoyt also recently received a Society for Research in Child Development Dissertation Funding Award this year.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 5/8/12