(Pictured l. to r.: NYU Steinhardt’s Randy Mowry and Alisha Ali; NYU Silver School’s Robert L. Hawkins; Allstate’s Kelly Costanza and Krista Conte)
The Allstate Foundation recently awarded three NYU researchers with a grant in the amount of $25,000 for a project designed to provide financial education to survivors of domestic violence in New York City. The principal investigator of the project is Alisha Ali, associate professor of applied psychology at NYU Steinhardt; her co-investigators are Steinhardt’s Randy Mowry, clinical associate professor of applied psychology, and NYU Silver School’s Robert Hawkins, McSilver Professor in Poverty Studies.
The education program, which will have a particular emphasis on serving immigrant women and women with disabilities, will be implemented through counseling centers in NYC whose clients include domestic abuse survivors. The researchers will use state-of-the-art measures of economic empowerment and psychological well-being to assess the effectiveness of the program.
Ali notes that the results from this project will be useful in designing larger-scale interventions aimed at providing economic empowerment for women across a range of community-based settings.