2019-2020 Graduate Student Training Grants Recipients

In November 2019, the UC Network on Child Health, Poverty and Public Policy requested proposals from graduate students for its 2019-2020 Small Grants Competition. The network seeks to fund research that will expand our understanding of the causes and consequences of child health disparities, and the effectiveness of related interventions.  The goal of this program is to fund proposals that display sound research design and have the potential for high impact.  Learn more about the selected students below.


Victoria Barone
Department of Economics, UCLA

Victoria Barone is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at UCLA. Her research interests are labor and health economics. Her research is primarily concerned with the short and long run effects of child maltreatment; what policies can be put in place to improve reporting and, in turn, stop its negative effects on children.


Josefina Flores Morales
Department of Sociology, UCLA

Josefina Flores Morales is a current doctoral student in the department of sociology at UCLA. In 2016, Josefina earned a B.A. in psychology with a public health minor from UCLA. Josefina’s research is about how immigration influences status shapes social inequality in the United States. Josefina is in the inaugural cohort of the Health Policy Research Scholars program, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and is excited to continue to work on policy-relevant issues with a focus on the impact of immigration status across the life course.


Lisa Johnson and Elisa Ugarte
UC Davis

Lisa Johnson is a doctoral student in the Developmental Psychology department at UC Davis. She has earned her B.A. in psychology from Temple University, where her thesis focused on the interaction between positive affect and emotional clarity in predicting positive life events during adolescence.


Joakim Weill
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis

Joakim (Jo) Weill is a 4th year PhD candidate in the Agricultural and Resource Economics department at UC Davis. His research leverages microeconomic tools and causal inference in the fields of environmental and public economics to study (i) how environmental changes impact the most vulnerable populations, and (ii) the distributional impacts of public policies that aim to increase environmental resilience. Prior to his doctoral studies, Jo worked as a consultant at the World Bank’s Environment and Natural Resources division.