Pitt Pediatrics congratulates Tyia Wilson, PhD, postdoctoral researcher in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and Pitt's Department of Psychiatry, on her receipt of the 2022 Charles E. Irwin, Jr. New Investigator Award from the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine.
Wilson was selected by the society in recognition of her recent paper titled "Exploring the Impact of Racism on Black Youth: A Multidimensional Examination of Discriminatory Experiences Across Place and Time," which highlighted impacts of racism and discrimination on Black youth from 14 to 19 years of age. The study used ecological momentary assessment (EMA) to elucidate how perceptions of racism and social support influence health and safety outcomes among Black youth following violence exposure. Her research indentified increased rates of depression, stress, and needs for emotional support.
This research was funded by Pitt's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and their initiative for special populations under NIH grant UL1TR001857. Additional support was provided through the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH 5T32AA007453-40).