Fulbright Winner Announced

Published on Wed, March 22, 2017


Patricia Richards-Service, doctoral candidate at the University, has been awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to the European Union to conduct her research on early intervention and best practices in breast cancer prevention efforts. She will be affiliated with Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and also will conduct research in Romania using European Union policy archives.

The research grant to the European Union is a highly competitive category in the national Fulbright competition, and Mrs. Richards-Service is one of only a handful of recipients awarded the opportunity for research on issues addressing broader concerns of the European Union.

Mrs. Richards-Service’s work will compare and contrast the practices in Ireland, which has a high success rate of breast cancer mortality reduction, with those of Romania, which has experienced a far lower success rate in reducing breast cancer death. By combining policy analysis and interviews, Mrs. Richard-Service brings an approach to the project that reflects her interdisciplinary training at Marywood University and a commitment to research that serves to benefit society at large.

A public presentation of Mrs. Richards-Service’s work on breast cancer interventions will be given at the University on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 6 p.m., in the Liguori Center, Regina Hall, as part of a celebration of Fulbright and Women’s History Month. This event is free and open to the public.

Mrs. Richards-Service earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in journalism from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She later earned a master’s degree in health care administration from The University of Scranton and completed master’s-level coursework in communication arts at Marywood University. Mrs. Richards-Service also completed continuing education courses in health care at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. Presently, she is a doctoral candidate in human development at Marywood University, where she is pursuing the health promotion track.

A member of the Instructional Effectiveness Committee at Marywood University, she has volunteered on a number of campus committees, including the 20th Anniversary Celebration Committee to mark the milestone anniversary of the Marywood University Doctoral Program in Human Development. Mrs. Richards-Service will be inducted into Marywood University’s Theta Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda, the national honor society for graduate and professional students.

Mrs. Richards-Service lives in South Abington Township with her husband, Kevin Service, and their children, Conal Richards, age 13, and Kathryn Richards, age 11.

For additional information about the presentation or the Fulbright Program at the University, please email Samantha Christiansen, Ph.D., director of Women’s Studies and the advisor for the University's Student Fulbright Program, at christiansen@marywood.edu, or call (570) 348-6288.