Summer 2018 Staff Council Scholarship Recipients
Amy is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist for the patient support program at the Moran Eye Center. Amy assists patients who are adjusting to vision loss and blindness by providing emotional and psychological support; individual, couples and family counseling; group therapy; and linkage to community resources.
Amy graduated from the University of Utah with her Master of Social Work in 2014 and has more than 15 years of experience in the mental health field. Amy has special expertise supporting individuals through adjustment issues, grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Thanks in part to this staff scholarship, Amy will be furthering her understanding and treatment of trauma-related concerns by becoming an EMDR-Certified Therapist.
Kim is the Clinical Program Manager at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) Girls Transition Center, a 16-bed residential unit for females with behavioral and mental health disorders. She graduated with her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Utah and received the University of Utah Staff Excellence Award in 2017.
She has worked in the public sector of mental health with youth and their families for more than 20 years. She has presented at national conferences, teaching life skills to youth and young adults aging out of foster care, how to move youth from a secure residential setting back into the community successfully, and how to create a strong wrap-around plan for youth to maintain success in the community.
Sarah Elizabeth Levitt
Sarah is the Associate Director of the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology and the University of Utah Center for Community Nutrition. In this role, Sarah Elizabeth oversees administrative management of the department's academic affairs and community partnership development, as well as operations of the department's public service sector.
Additionally, Sarah Elizabeth serves as Chair of her department's Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup. As a University of Utah social work student, Sarah Elizabeth is committed to advancing prevention research and integrative health, as well as the elimination of health disparities.
Colleen has worked for the University of Utah since 2015. She is currently a Clinical Research Coordinator at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She has a background in anthropology and is currently pursuing her master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in personalized health care. In her free time she loves drawing and being outdoors with her husband.
Carla was born and raised in Huancayo, Peru. She moved to Salt Lake City to pursue a degree in business. She graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in accountina dn started working as an accountant for different local businesses and nonprofits. She is currently a financial analyst for the Department of Pediatrics, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in accounting and business administration.
Wendy is the administrative assistant for the controller and director of research management and compliance. This summer she will be starting in the first cohort for the new MAT program in the Fine Arts Department. This program is designed for working teachers and community artists to pursue graduate work with an emphasis on art and curriculum-integrated teaching, as well as community advancement through integrated art and social issue projects. Wendy is also an ArtsBridge Scholar, working locally with refugee children and elementary students on integrated art, curriculum, and social issue projects through the university's ArtsBridge program.
This wonderful staff scholarship will directly help her join the research team for the university's ASD Intervention Research Grant, a theater intervention program that seeks to increase social cognition and theory of mind skills in young people living in the autism spectrum. Wendy received her bachelor's degree from the university's Actor Training Program and was a professional actor for many years. She would like to give a huge thank you to Staff Council; Laura Howat; Ken Erickson, and Jeff West for their generous professional support, which has enabled her to continue her education, and to Dr. Xan Johnson, for his decades-long mentoring.