Month: September 2013

Dr. Jamie Arndt, PhD, Speaking at CHIP Thursday, September 19, 2013

On ThursdaySeptember 19 2013, from 12:30 – 1:30 pm, we continue with a talk by Jamie Arndt, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri about “At the Intersection of Self, Health, and Death: Implications from a Terror Management Health Model.”  This is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

The lecture will be in Video Conference Room 204 on the second floor of Ryan at 2006 Hillside Road at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.  For a map of the area, look at http://www.chip.uconn.edu/about/directions-to-chip/

You can also view this talk streamed live during or after the lecture at the following link: https://mediasite.dl.uconn.edu/Mediasite/Play/ac23c976b2f64797ab0663a544d4c3051d

Jamie ArndtJamie Arndt received his B.A. from Skidmore College and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1999.  He is currently a professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri, having recently been awarded the Frederic A Middlebush Chair in Psychological Sciences.  He has also been honored with the 2003 Provost’s Junior Faculty Teaching Award at the University of Missouri, the 2009 Early Career Award for the Society of Self and Identity, and in 2010 received the University of Missouri’s Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Research and Creative Activity. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scholarly works pertaining to the self, existential motivation, psychological defense, and health decision making, among other topics.

Over the last ten years his applications of social and existential motivation to health-related behavior have been funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and reflect his increasing interest in moving basic social psychological ideas to translational health domains. Dr. Arndt is also on the editorial board of Health Psychology, and is a member of an NCI sponsored working group (Cognitive, Affective, and Social Processes in Health; CASPHR) as well as a founding member of the Social Personality and Health Network.

CHIP PI Anjana Bhat Featured in Hartford Courant

Anjana BhatExcerpt from the Article:

Neag School of Education Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Anjana Bhat has received a $120,000 grant to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a novel, music-based intervention for children with autism that includes singing, beat-keeping, music-making with different instruments, and whole body movements like marching.

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Dr. Beth Parker, PhD, Speaking at CHIP Thursday, September 12, 2013

On ThursdaySeptember 12 2013, from 12:30 – 1:30 pm, we begin the fall, 2013 lecture series with a talk by Beth Parker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences and Nursing, University of Hartford, about “Are Marathons Dangerous? Updates and Insights from the 2010-2012 Boston Marathon Studies.”  This is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

The lecture will be in Video Conference Room 204 on the second floor of Ryan at 2006 Hillside Road at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.  For a map of the area, look at http://www.chip.uconn.edu/about/directions-to-chip/.   It is co-sponsored by the UConn Office of the Vice President for Research.

You can also view this talk streamed live during or after the lecture at the following link: https://mediasite.dl.uconn.edu/Mediasite/Play/3332069c86454bc5966b99758a4197881d.

Dr. Beth ParkerDr. Beth Parker is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences and the Director of the Center for Health, Care and Well-Being in the Institute for Translational Research at University of Hartford as well as the Director of Exercise Physiology Research at Hartford Hospital.  Her research focuses on age and sex differences in vascular function and cardiovascular responses to exercise.  She currently has research support to investigate the effects of factors such as smoking, testicular cancer; exercise and aging on vascular function.  She also is a principal or co-investigator on several NIH-funded projects involving the pleiotropic effects of statin therapy (cholesterol-lowering drugs) in humans.  These projects include investigation of the direct effects of statins on skeletal muscle strength and aerobic performance, the effects of Coenzyme Q10 supplementation on skeletal muscle side effects, and cognitive side effects of statins assessed with functional magnetic resonance imaging.

An avid runner herself, Parker has conducted recent studies at the Boston Marathon to determine the effects of sustained endurance exercise on blood clot risk, markers of cardiovascular injury and stress, and the effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs on these biomarkers. She also maintains a blog (http://uheart.wordpress.com) dedicated to updates and insights on health and wellness.