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TWU receives $900,000 grant from Houston Endowment


Judith McFarlane

Judith McFarlane


HOUSTON — Texas Woman’s University recently received a $900,000 grant from Houston Endowment. The grant will be used toward a study on the effectiveness of shelters and civil protection orders and their respective roles in helping abused women and children transition into safety.

Leading the study is Dr. Judith McFarlane, professor of nursing and the Parry Chair in Health Promotion at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center. Dr. McFarlane has a national reputation for her research involving abused women, in particular women who are abused during pregnancy. Her research findings have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, presented to U.S. Congressional Committees, included in national health objectives and used by clinicians in the U.S. and abroad.

“Safe families are dependent on evidence to inform practice and policy decisions,” Dr. McFarlane said. “This research will contribute to our understanding of how best to enable the wellbeing of abused women and their children, and ensure a safer future for all persons.”

The Houston Endowment — a private philanthropic foundation established by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones in 1937 — supports nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that generate progress in the community by producing positive and enduring results for those they serve. In 2009, the foundation donated more than $68 million in the areas of arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services. For more information, visit

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