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Spitze Graduate Fellowship Awarded to Kayley McMahan, CFS Doctoral Candidate

The Department of Child and Family Studies is pleased to announce that Mrs. Kayley D. McMahan, a doctoral candidate in CFS, has been awarded the Hazel Taylor Spitze Graduate Fellowship from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, for the 2020-2021 academic year. This prestigious fellowship is awarded to one doctoral student in CFS, who has demonstrated an outstanding academic ability and record, proven commitment to the field of CFS, and holds a Master’s degree in a related field. Kayley earned her M.S. in CFS from UT in May 2018, and is scheduled to graduate with her Ph.D. in May 2021. Kayley’s primary focus in her research and teaching is the sexual and relationship health and well-being of young adults. Her dissertation focuses on the individual and relationship processes associated with receiving a sexually transmitted infection (STI) disclosure from a sexual partner. Kayley is also passionate about sexual health education for young adults, and has enjoyed teaching CFS 240: Human Sexuality for the last two years. “It is such an honor to receive the Spitze Graduate Fellowship,” Kayley wrote. “I am very grateful for all of the CFS Faculty who have mentored, supported, and advocated for me over the last four years. Further, I would like to extend my appreciation to the Spitze family.” In addition to receiving the prestigious Spitze Graduate Fellowship, Kayley has also been awarded the Yates Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School, for the 2020-2021 academic year.