The Distinguished Research Award:
Sarena D. Seifer, M.D. has served as founding Executive Director of CommunityCampus Partnerships for Health since 1997. She has led a series of CCPH-sponsored initiatives that have incorporated servicelearning into health professions education, developed community-based participatory research partnerships, convened community partners for peer support and advocacy, prepared faculty for community-engaged careers in the academy, aligned faculty promotion and tenure policies with community engagement, and created mechanisms for peer-reviewed publication of diverse products of community-engaged scholarship. Her research centers on three overlapping areas of interest: community-university partnerships, including service learning and community-based participatory research partnerships; faculty development, roles and rewards for community engaged scholarship; and community-led processes for research ethics review. She is currently focused on advancing community-engaged scholarship and community-academic partnerships in Canada, applying the knowledge generated through communityengaged scholarship, building community capacity for research, and strengthening ethics review of community-engaged research.
Throughout her career, Sarena has sought to leverage the knowledge, wisdom and experience in communities and in academic institutions to solve pressing health, social, environmental and economic challenges. In recognition of her leadership and impact, Sarena received the Tom Bruce Award for Leadership in Community-Based Public Health from the Community-Based Public Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association in 2007, the University of California Irvine Chancellor’s National Community-Based Research Award in 2010 and the Distinguish Research Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement in 2014. The CCPH Board of Directors created the Sarena Seifer Leadership Fund to honor and sustain her 17-year legacy at CCPH as she prepared to step down from as Executive Director in September 2014.
Sarena is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and received her master’s degree in physiology and her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. After completing her medical education, she served as the American Medical Student Association’s legislative affairs director in Washington DC and subsequently as founding director of its Center for Health Policy Studies. In 1995, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship program in health policy at the University of California-San Francisco’s Center for the Health Professions. Prior to her fellowship, she was a health policy analyst for the Washington State Senate and director of recruitment and retention for Northwest Regional Primary Care Association, a membership organization of community and migrant health centers.
The Dissertation Research Award:
Kendra Brewster earned her Ph. D. in Psychology from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. Dr. Brewster’s work is committed to examining inequalityequality across its intrapersonal, relational, and institutional forms. With her training in critical SocialPersonality Psychology, Dr. Brewster contextualizes classic theories by inflecting them with the sensibilities of critical race and feminist theory, positioning them within the phenomena of oppression and privilege, and stretching them towards the possibility of dynamic and reflexive solidarities across social groups. As such, her work interrogates several sites including the academy, incarcerated-educational spaces, and policed cityscapes. Dr. Brewster’s most recent research examines the micro-processes of critical consciousness and compassion within relationships between adults and youth in an inside-outside service learning program. Her work has been published in Social Work Research and Feminist Media Studies, and she is a co-author of an upcoming book chapter on marginalized adolescents (In Gender, Psychology, and Justice: The Mental Health of Women and Girls in the Legal System (Forthcoming)).