UVI Alumna Awarded Prestigious Public Health Fellowship  - Program provides an opportunity to participate in the policy process at the federal level

Berlina Wallace-Berube, a three-time alumna of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), has been named to the 2022-23 cohort of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellows. 

Wallace-Berube was selected following a national competition among highly accomplished health and behavioral/social science professionals who have an interest in health policy. 

“Attending UVI, the only HBCU in the Caribbean has given me a unique perspective,” stated Wallace-Berube, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English from UVI in 2005 and went on to earn master’s degrees in Education (2008) and Psychology (2016). 

“Ms. Wallace's master's thesis in psychology asked local teenagers about their memory of being neglected or abused as children and their experience with dating violence. Her results showed that teens who reported being physically neglected or physically or emotionally abused as children were likely to report being victims of teen dating violence. The database generated by her research is a treasure-trove of information that past and future student scholars have accessed and analyzed. Ms. Wallace-Berube has presented her findings at various local and international conferences which has influenced practice and policy,” shared Dr. Aletha Baumann, who served as Wallace-Berube’s thesis advisor. 

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI Website-www.uvi.edu/ - and from this direct link.