December 12, 2018

Postdoctoral Associate Dr. Erica Coates was awarded clinical research funding from the NIH, for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds for her research on the role of non-resident African American fathers in child development. Her recent research focuses on fatherhood, with a particular interest in father-infant relationships and perceptions of fatherhood in the black community. She has been collaborating with both Dr. Kevin Roy and Dr. Mia Smith-Bynum with their research on fatherhood and black families.

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. There are eight LRPs, five for researchers not employed by NIH (Extramural) and three for researchers employed by NIH (Intramural). Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds targets clinical investigators coming from an environment that inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and ability required to enroll in, and graduate from, a health professional school, or from a family with an annual income below low-income thresholds.

Dr. Coates is a 2017 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Family Science department as part of UMD’s Presidential Postdoc Fellow program. She received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Central Missouri and graduated summa cum laude. She earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of South Florida. Her dissertation was entitled "Nonresident Paternal Factors and the Psychosocial Adjustment of Black Adolescents from Single-Mother Households." Most recently, Dr. Coates worked as a Child Outpatient Intern with the VA Maryland Health Care System at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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