Marcia Van Riper, an associate professor at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, has been selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) to receive a Fulbright award for travel to Ireland.
The FSB is presidentially appointed, and grant awards are made possible through funds appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress and, in many cases, by contributions from partner countries and/or the private sector. By representing our country in Ireland, Dr. Van Riper will help fulfill the principal purpose of the Fulbright Program, which is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of the more than 150 countries that currently participate in the program.
Dr. Van Riper will collaborate with faculty at the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland, in teaching, research and publishing. She will use this opportunity to conduct a mixed-methods, cross-cultural study designed to address existing gaps in knowledge concerning how cultural scripts (cultural norms, values and practices) and a variety of family factors (i.e., family demands, family appraisal, family resources, family problem solving communication, family coping, and family management styles) contribute to adaptation and resilience in families of individuals with Down Syndrome. Initially the study will be conducted with families of individuals with Down Syndrome in Ireland and the United States. Eventually the study will include participants from a number of different countries (e.g., Brazil, Italy, Korea, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, and Thailand).
Read more about Dr. Van Riper’s research in Resilience in families with Down syndrome.