This year’s scholarship commemorates the 10th anniversary of the university’s doctorate. program in psychology, officially established in January 2012. Since the first cohort of students enrolled in the fall of 2012, 33 students have obtained their doctorate.
The Flannagan Memorial Scholarship is a competitive scholarship. It is unique because it is administered by the Graduate School instead of being a grant from an individual university college.
The scholarship honors Dorothee Flannaganwho served as Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School before retiring in 2014. Flannagan joined the university as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology in 1990. She later served as Associate Dean of the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Artsbefore taking over the management of The Graduate School in 2001.
A developmental psychologist, Flannagan was instrumental in gaining approval for many graduate programs, including the Ph.D. program in his home department, which is now housed in the College for Health, Community and Politics. She also served as a liaison between UTSA and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Flannagan died on July 8, 2015.
Among the projects this year’s fellowship will support is Hart’s study of the perceived institutional betrayal experienced by female military survivors of sexual trauma. Her research will be key to understanding how certain contexts of sexual trauma and the experience of disclosure may play a role in female veterans’ feelings of institutional betrayal.
“I want to explore whether these feelings of betrayal influence their future help-seeking behaviors, or even potentially exacerbate the many adverse health effects often associated with military sexual trauma,” Hart explained. “Receiving this scholarship will allow me to compensate military survivors of sexual trauma who voluntarily take their time to contribute to my research. I see the compensation of these veterans as a way of saying “thank you” not only for their participation in this study, but also for their contribution to the field, especially when such contribution requires discussing subjects which are generally very difficult. to address. »