Archive Tag: Fellows

Leslie Rith-Najarian examined how different marketing techniques influenced men and women to use her mental wellness tool.
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Congratulations to Leslie Rith-Najarian, UCLA Foundation Depression Grand Challenge Fellow and PhD student in the department of psychology at UCLA, for winning the 2017 University of California Grad Slam! UC Grad Slam is an annual contest that highlights graduate student research from the UC’s 10 campuses and awards a winner with a $10,000 prize. In Leslie’s short pitch: “Making mental health more engaging Read more

Meet the UCLA Foundation Depression Grand Challenge Fellows

The UCLA Foundation Depression Grand Challenge Fellowships serve two critical functions for the Depression Grand Challenge. First, they provide a training opportunity (with financial support) for outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to obtain practical research experience in a field related to depression.  The second important function is that they pursue a line of research that furthers the goal of one or more of the Depression Grand Challenge components.  Read more

Meet the Max Gray Fellows

The Max Gray Fund for Depression Research was established in October 2014 by Laurie Davis Gray, in loving memory of her son Max Gray. Since its inception, the fund to date has raised almost $400,000 and funded four Max Gray Fellows in the Adult and Child Mood Disorders Clinics at the Semel Institute at UCLA. The purpose of the Max Gray Fellowship is to inspire a new generation of innovative research in mood disorders. Please continue reading to learn about the first four fellows.

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The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge is pleased to announce a second request for applications for Policy Fellowships. These Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Policy Fellowships are made possible by the generous support of Norman J. Powell and aim to help further the goals of achieving 100-percent renewable energy, 100-percent locally sourced water, and enhanced ecosystem and human health by 2050 in Los Angeles County, as described in detail in the Sustainable LA Five-Year Work Plan. The request for applications is open to all enrolled graduate students at UCLA who meet the criteria described in the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Policy Fellowship Program request for applications. The deadline for applications is November 28, 2016. Read more

Max Gray. Two funds established in his memory are supporting depression and mood disorder research.
Max Gray (pictured above). Two funds established in his memory are supporting depression and mood disorder research.

On April 4, 2016, Laurie Davis Gray hosted a salon to raise money for fellowships in mood disorders. The Fellowship was established in memory of Laurie and Harrison’s son, Max Gray, who died at age 25 from depression in 2013. It is their aim to reduce the toll of depression and “take depression out of the closet.” Funds given to the Max Gray Fund for Depression will support both depression related research and fellows.

To give, please visit To read more about the event see U Magazine.

See current coverage on the Max Gray Fellows.