Research & Action Report, Spring/Summer 2014

tinyglobeSallie Dunning, M.Ed., trainer and coach at Open Circle (OC), and Jen Dirga, M.S.W., OC program manager, traveled to Uganda this spring to share techniques, perspec­tives, and ideas around social-emotional learning (SEL) with a rural community. Dunning and Dirga worked with Beatrice Achieng Nas, BSC, director and founder of the Pearl Community Empowerment Foundation (PCEF) and a recent visiting scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), to introduce the concept of SEL to educators, students, and families in Amor Village.

Research & Action Report, Spring/Summer 2014

tinyglobeTracy Gladstone, Ph.D., senior research scientist and director, Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives at WCW, traveled to Ethiopia in May with Phyllis Rothberg, LICSW, and Tsega Meshesha, B.A., research associates, for the first stage of a new 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 Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA), headquartered in Paris, France, co-principal investigators are Gladstone and Mulu Muleta, M.D., Ph.D., country director, WAHA Ethiopia.

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