Sumru Erkut, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women; she served as an Associate Director from 1995 to 2014. Her research has encompassed variations in the course of child and adult development, women and leadership, and educational program evaluation both in the U.S. and abroad.
An organization’s theory of change helps explain the process by which that organization’s activities contribute to desired outcomes. At WCW, we operate with a shared understanding that research, theory, and action all make vital contributions to the social-change process. High-quality research provides data about what is, tests theories about why, and evaluates what works, allowing us to see beyond opinion, to raise awareness about important issues, and make better investments in policies, programs, and practices that are effective. When change makers, decision makers, and opinion leaders are informed by rigorous research, their initiatives are more likely to be successful.
WCW scholars attended a variety of presentations and trainings.
Depression Prevention & Adolescents
In October 2014, Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., WCW senior research scientist and director of the Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives, presented “Promoting Adolescent Health: Preliminary Data From a Primary Care Internet-Based Depression Prevention Program for At-Risk Adolescents” (Gladstone, Van Voorhees, Beardslee, and Bell) during the symposium, Implementing Treatment for Anxiety and Depression in Pediatric Primary Care (AACAP) offered by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in San Diego, CA. This work was also presented at the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions in October 2014. Gladstone co-authored three AACAP symposium presentations focused on “Prevention of Depression in At-Risk Youth: Long-Term Outcomes, Moderators, Mediators, and Process Findings.” Also that month, she presented on the CATCH-IT intervention program during a clinical psychology symposium at Boston University, Boston, MA. “Adapting a resilience-based family preventive intervention for depression to HIV endemic South Africa” (Kuo, C., Brown, L., Stein, D., Cluver, L., Atujuna, M., Gladstone, T., Martin, J., Beardslee, W.) was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in November, 2014 in New Orleans, LA.
Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., senior research scientist and director of the Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives, continued building partnerships to support the fistula project during a spring trip to France where she collaborated with Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA) and participated in the NGO’s strategic planning efforts. Tsega Meshesha, B.A., research associate, will travel to Gondar , Ethiopia to collect qualitative data from fistula patients there. The team had travelled to Ethiopia in May with for the first stage of this project to develop, implement, and pilot test a low-cost, evidence based depression intervention for women who are in the hospital recovering from fistula repair surgery. Collaborating with WAHA, headquartered in Paris, France, co-principal investigators are Gladstone and Mulu Muleta, M.D., Ph.D., country director, WAHA Ethiopia.
Amy Banks, M.D., authored with Leigh Ann Hirschman, Four Ways to Click: Rewire Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships, forthcoming from Penguin Random House (February 2015). Research shows that people cannot reach their full potential unless they are in healthy connection with others. In this book, Banks teaches readers how to rewire their brains for healthier relationships and happier, more fulfilling lives.