Ph.D. Student, Social Work and Sociology
Joan B. Kessler Award
Jaclynn seeks to understand the root cause of poverty and health inequalities for people of color, as well as potential remedies, by engaging in public service and research projects. Specifically, she is focused on the health behaviors of African American and Latino men with diabetes - namely, risk and protective factors that contribute to negative and positive health management and, ultimately, health outcomes.
Jaclynn’s ultimate goal is to provide research that will lead to prevention of diabetes, and other adverse health outcomes, and to work with community partners to create community-based interventions, while also training social work practitioners to work with low-income populations.
Joan B. Kessler is an attorney specializing in alternative dispute resolution in Los Angeles. In 1973 she received the Rackham Prize Fellowship from which helped her complete her Ph.D. in speech communication. In appreciation for her funding, she has endowed the Joan B. Kessler Awards to enable exceptional graduate students to conduct research around the world or to participate in professional and academic conferences. The annual Kessler Award has already made a wonderful difference in the lives of 22 women. Dr. Kessler strongly believes in the importance of supporting the next generation of scholars and professionals.