Levitt Award Competition

Calia Morais, PhD – postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Emily Bartley, received 2nd Place and was the recipient of $750 for her oral presentation during the 10th Annual Institute for Learning in Retirement Robert A. Levitt Research Awards Competition held on February 21, 2020.  Dr. Morais’ presentation, entitled “Race as a Moderator of the Relationship between Resilience and Outcomes among Older Adults with Low Back Pain” demonstrated that the protective nature of psychological resilience factors on low back pain severity may vary across Non-Hispanic Whites and African Americans.

Dr. Morais was among 4 other finalists that were selected from 16 presenters (and over 40 abstract submissions) in a poster competition hosted at Oak Hammock on February 12, 2020. The 5 finalists were invited to deliver oral presentations on their work and to answer questions from members of the Institute for Learning in Retirement and faculty from the University of Florida.