SCRANTON — Patricia Richards-Service, of South Abington Township, a doctoral candidate at Marywood University, was 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.
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, she 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.
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. She 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. She will be inducted into Marywood University’s Theta Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda, the national honor society for graduate and professional students.
Richards-Service lives in South Abington Township with her husband, Kevin Service, and their children, Conal Richards, 13, and Kathryn Richards, 11.