April 26, 2021
Melissa Horner, a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Missouri, was recently named a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholar. She is the only Missourian to receive the award for 2020.
Horner, a first-generation college student, is studying how a particular tribal nation is healing historical trauma in their nation. A stipend from the award will allow Horner to connect with peers studying similar topics, as well as connect her to mentors in the field.
“It also provides ways for teaching me how to translate my research into policy and into ways that can actually benefit the communities that I’m interested in collaborating with,” Horner said.