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The Hope and Healing Institute’s (HHI) Fellowship Program seeks to stimulate investigation and program development by early-career scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year research fellowships are awarded to individuals in recognition of their distinguished performance and unique potential to make substantial contributions within the programs and initiatives of the Institute; Child and Adolescent Wellbeing, Building Healthy Families and Relationships, Successful Aging and Later Life, and Promoting Mental Health and Recovery. Fellows represent many different disciplines and may include persons from religion, history, psychology, sociology, anthropology, medicine, social work, philosophy, epidemiology, or theology. Fellows can extend their time at the HHI beyond two years if they are able to obtain external grant funding to support their work.

Lumpkins Fellowship in Serious Mental Illness Treatment and Recovery

Several data sources show the relevance of Serious Mental Illness in Houston’s daily life.

According to the Mental Health Needs Council of Harris County in 2015, about 516,000 adults in the area suffered from a psychiatric disorder and nearly 143,000 struggled with serious mental illness. A large majority of individuals did not have access to any public or private treatment.

The reasons for the lack of mental health care include: individuals are often trapped in the misinformation about severe psychiatric illness and the available programs for specific social and clinical needs.

Where do adults in the Houston community go for mental health treatment? The Lumpkins Fellowship in Serious Mental Illness will answer that question by building a detailed and collaborative tool to help find qualitative information on inpatient and outpatient services in the community and beyond.

Meet our Lumpkins Fellow Adriane Barroso, PhD

Fellowship in Adoptive and Foster Care Parenting

Today in the United States 397,122 children are living without permanent families in the foster care system; 101,666 of these children are eligible for adoption, but nearly 32% of these children will wait over three years in foster care before being adopted. At this same time, there are 344,894 faith communities in the United States. We believe that there is some way that 344,894 faith communities can care for 101,666 children. The solution seems simple and on one hand, it is. If less than half of our faith communities have at least one family that can adopt a child or sibling group, there will be no children waiting for families.

We recognize that it is not a new idea for faith communities to engage in adoption/foster care. The concept of one faith community with one family adopting one child and that community “wrapping around” the adoptive family with support has been around for many years. However, there are still 101,666 children, awaiting adoption in our country. What is the gap between this seemingly simple solution and the continual high number of waiting children? To investigate this question the Hope and Healing Institute (HHI) has established a Fellowship in Adoptive and Foster Care Parenting. This fellowship is awarded to a distinguished scholar in recognition of his/her past performance and unique potential to make a substantial contribution within the Institute’s programs in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing and Building Healthy Families and Relationships.

Meet our Adoptive and Foster Care Fellow Amy Bezecny, MDiv

William K. McGee Jr. Fellowship in Bioethics and Aging

Aging is a universal experience that results in significant and profound changes, impacting all aspects of a person’s life and relationships. To meet the needs of our aging population the Hope and Healing Institute (HHI) has established the William K. McGee Jr. Fellowship in Bioethics and Aging. The McGee Fellowship is awarded to a distinguished scholar in recognition of his/her past performance and unique potential to make a substantial contribution to the Institute’s program on Successful Aging and Later Life.

Bioethics is a multidisciplinary area of inquiry that blends philosophy, theology, history, and law with medicine, nursing, health policy, and the medical humanities. The goal of the William K. McGee Jr. Fellowship is to merge the heart of pastoral care with the academic curiosity of bioethics in the development of practical programs, training, and resources that facilitate humane, compassionate care for the aged and support for their families. In pursuit of this goal, the McGee Fellow works directly with a number of constituencies including physicians, nurses, mental health care professionals, clergy, caregivers, and the elderly. Topics to be investigated within bioethics and aging at the HHI include end-of-life treatment and decisions, quality of life, confidentiality, mental competency, caregiver support, and spirituality in medicine.

Meet our William K. McGee Jr. Fellow Peggy Determeyer, PhD

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