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Ruderman Social Justice in Disability Scholars Program

The Ruderman Social Justice in Disability Scholars Program was a four-year long program for Brandeis undergraduates with an interest in disability issues to expand their knowledge and experience in the field. The program was established in 2013 through the generosity of the Ruderman Family Foundation with the goal of identifying, supporting and training undergraduates to become future leaders in disability-related fields and graduated 15 scholars. 

Selected students participated in a summer internship  and in the academic year following this internship, Ruderman Scholars participated in a yearlong research assistantship under the direction of a Brandeis faculty member engaged in disability research.  The Scholars were also required to enroll in an HSSP class focusing on disability policy.

Ruderman Scholars News:

Samantha Doonan ‘17 works at the Boston VA Healthcare System as a Health Science Specialist for the Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Training Program, an evidence-based psychotherapy dissemination initiative funded by the VA Office for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. The program is affiliated with the VA National Center for PTSD, Women’s Health Sciences Division. She provides logistical and operational support for the VA-wide training program which includes over 70 regional CPT trainers.  She is involved in program evaluation efforts which include data entry, cleaning, and analysis. She is interested in examining how service-connection status, a critical financial support for Veterans with disabilities resulting from service, relates to successful PTSD treatment outcomes.

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