Jagadisa-devasri Dacus, a student in the Ph.D. Program in Social Welfare, has received a dissertation research grant (R36) from the National Institute of Mental Health. His study is entitled Identifying the Mental Health Strengths and Resiliencies of Black MSM in New York City who Maintain HIV-Seronegativity. This highly competitive funding mechanism is intended to increase the diversity of the mental health research workforce by providing support to individuals from diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented in mental health research. Mr. Dacus, who received his MSSW from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1999, plans to defend his dissertation in 2016. His faculty sponsor is Professor Deborah Tolman.