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Graduate Nursing Student Named This Year’s Paul Ambrose Scholar

April 9, 2012
By: WSU News

Mary Collaro, a graduate student in the Master of Science in Nursing (Community & Public Health Nursing) program, has been selected as a 2012-2013 Paul Ambrose Scholar. The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program is sponsored by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Through the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program, Mary has received a grant to conduct research on the WSU campus regarding mental health education to compare and contrast the effectiveness of education and tool utilization (a reference magnet), relating to depression and suicide in students. Mary is a very active member of the WSU community. She has served as a peer mentor in the First Year Experience and is currently vice president of the Active Minds chapter at WSU. Active Minds is a nationwide organization dedicated to increasing awareness of mental health issues and reducing its stigma on college campuses.

As part of her participation in the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program, Mary will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to attend a leadership symposium that provides skills-based training by leaders in public health. Past speakers have included Surgeons General, public health officials, industry experts, and veteran public health practitioners. Through her year as a Paul Ambrose Fellow, Mary will implement her grant-funded research at WSU.

This is an exceptionally competitive program and what makes Mary’s achievement even more remarkable is that the Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Department of Nursing already has one Paul Ambrose Fellow, Bet Wong, in the Master of Science in Nursing (Community & Public Health Nursing) program. This is a highly unusual occurrence.

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