Infant & Early Childhood Development Doctoral Student
Recipient of the Provost Achievement Award

I work in a unique and intimate setting with new families as a doula and newborn care specialist. Because of this, I have seen areas of concern for the parents and families. Some of these areas include bonding and attachment challenges among father’s and their newborns, lack of self-confidence in care giving skills and ability on behalf of both mothers and fathers, and most importantly decreased support for parents caring for a newborn they birthed and will raise but is not biologically their child.

Academically, I am seeking to gain more in-depth knowledge of infant development in order to help support my client families at a higher level. I am particularly interested in researching the correlation between attachment and bonding deficiencies among single mothers who conceived via the use of donor egg and donor sperm; thus resulting in pregnancy and parenting of a non-biological child. Along with this research would include the effects it may or may not have on newborn/infant development.  Professionally, I aspire to become a professor and to continue as a family educator and supporter.

I would like to give a heartfelt “thank you” to the donor(s) who provided this scholarship. Applying for a doctoral degree has been a dream of mine for many years; however, the expense of a PhD program has made it challenging to pursue my dream. This scholarship will help ease my financial burden and I am truly grateful to be the recipient of the Provost Achievement Scholarship.