Krutika Rathod Receives 2023 Harry and Miriam Levinson Scholarship from American Psychological Foundation

Congratulations to Krutika Rathod (Clinical Area) for receiving the 2023 Harry and Miriam Levinson Scholarship from the American Psychological Foundation (APF)/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarship program, as well as the Junior Scientist Fellowship from the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) and Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. These awards recognize outstanding trainees to help them begin successful research programs/projects. One reviewer stated, “the applicant produced a clearly organized and advanced-stage proposal… indicating the student’s ability to carry out future research, which appears to be novel and highlights the gaps in the existing literature.” 

Krutika is a second-year doctoral student in UMaine’s Clinical Psychology program and manager of The Goodhines Lab funded by the Glickman Lauder Foundation, and she has previously received competitive summer funding from the UMaine Institute of Medicine. Her program of research focuses on understanding the psychosocial determinants of substance use in rural young adults. Krutika’s second-year project, titled “The Impact of Socioeconomic Adversity on Cannabis Use in Rural Young Adults,” will collect national data to clarify rural-urban differences in an affect-related risk mechanism underlying SES-cannabis associations. Findings of this program may ultimately inform the development of tailored interventions for young adult substance use in vulnerable rural communities. 

We are very excited to see Krutika’s health psychology research program continue to develop at UMaine!