Dr. Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D. Program Director, recently announced that the 2010-11 Hans S. Falck Dissertation Scholarship has been awarded to doctoral candidate, Linda E. Love. Linda’s application was one of six outstanding projects submitted for review by Ph.D. alumna Dr. Nicki Lee, and emeriti faculty member Dr. Marilyn Biggerstaff. Linda defended her proposal last Fall and is actively engaged in data collection, and will use the $1000 award to help defray those costs. Her dissertation is entitled The Multiple Perspectives of Civil Detainment and focuses on an “exploration of civil detainment through the lens of individuals who have been detained and the stakeholders who experience aspects of the process.” Linda states that she hopes the study “will illuminate the role of values that shape civil detainment decisions and how policy intersects with practice.” In her support letter, dissertation chair Dr. Mary Secret noted “the legitimacy and likelihood of temporary detention of those suspected of mental illness continues to capture national attention, impacting the lives not only of those who suffer mental illness, but of their families and communities as well.” Linda has been an adjunct professor and a field liaison for our School, has a lengthy and rich practice experience and currently provides direct service as a solo practitioner and president of her business which specializes in the treatment of adults with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and complex trauma histories.