Intervention Core Hosting Lecture on Targeted Emotional Education Modules

October 24, 2016

Please join us for a lecture and discussion on health intervention research!

Topic: Targeted Emotional Education Modules (TEEMs)
Date: Thursday, November 3, 12:30-1:30pm
Location: Colloquium Room (Room 14), J. Ray Ryan Building (Directions)
Presenter: Ross Buck, PhD (Communication Department)

The InCHIP Intervention Core is excited to announce a lecture and discussion being held on Thursday, November 3, about a type of intervention called Targeted Emotional Education Modules (TEEMs).

Professor Ross Buck from the UConn Communication Department will be presenting an introduction to the TEEMs concept, and will also host an informal discussion on how the TEEMs methodology can be used to create more effective health behavior interventions.

TEEMs is based on the idea that, when people are taught to accurately forecast, label, and understand their emotions, they have a higher level of emotional competence and are better able to control emotions that might otherwise lead to risky or irrational behaviors. TEEMs can be targeted towards any number of health behaviors, including safe sex, diet, exercise, and substance abuse.

For anyone interested in learning more about this potentially powerful intervention tool, the lecture will be held on Thursday, November 3, from 12:30-1:30pm, in the Colloquium Room (Room 14) in the J. Ray Ryan Building. You can RSVP for the lecture here. Attendees should feel free to bring ideas about how TEEMs might be integrated into their research program, and are encouraged to discuss possible areas of collaboration.

If you have any questions about this event, please don’t hesitate to email We hope to see you next week!

InCHIP’s New Core Service Structure

At our annual meeting this year, we were very excited to introduce our new Core service structure!

Our new Cores are designed to expand the access and types of services provided here at InCHIP and to have a greater impact as we work with University and beyond!

We have already announced our Biostatistics and Methodology Core and our Intervention Core.

  • The Intervention Core provides expertise and support to researchers across UConn, helping them design, implement, evaluate and disseminate innovative behavioral interventions. Successful interventions are a key step needed to translate health behavior research into actual improvements in people’s health. The Core will give researchers at UConn the ability to leverage InCHIP’s extensive experience in health behavior interventions, and help them develop rigorous, evidence-based interventions that can have a significant impact on the health of people around the world.
  • The goal of the Biostatistics and Methodology Core is to provide members of the UConn community with the expertise and experience necessary to conduct innovative and statistically rigorous research, and to enable them to compete very successfully for research grants in the health sciences. Members of the UConn community will be able to use the Core to connect with a range of statistics experts, and to establish long-term collaborations for innovative research into health and health behavior.

We are now excited to introduce our Training and development core and our brand new Community Engaged Health Research Core.

  • The Training and Development Core seeks to strengthen the use ofInCHIP as a University resource by offering a clear mechanism that connects faculty to RESEARCH  The core will offer supportive services and training that engage with researchers at every stage in research PROCESS and at every stage in their career via the following means: One-on-One meetings with InCHIP Directors and staff, hosting a mentorship program, hosting training workshops and collaboration events, as well as Grant Incubator Services.
    • The grant incubator will provide topic-specific RESEARCH IDEA AND GRANT DEVELOPMENT support with senior faculty with significant experience in the grant writing process.
    • The Training and Development Core is holding a writing workshop on the NIH Specific Aims section in November and December. Click here for more details and to RSVP.
  • The Community Engaged Health Research Core will assist University researchers with making linkages to community researchers and Community Based Organizations, provide guidance on how to effectively and efficiently conduct community-engaged research, assist with community-engaged strategic and project planning, and provide resources about Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The goal of the Community Engaged Health Research Core is to secure a position for UConn as the anchor institution within the greater Hartford area and to help set a tone of mutual respect and benefit for researchers and communities across Connecticut and beyond.

  Look out for more details and upcoming events from our new Cores. 

InCHIP Training and Development Core: NIH Specific Aims Section Writing Workshop

October 19, 2016


We are very excited to announce our upcoming NIH Specific Aims Section Writing Workshop hosted by InCHIP’s brand new Training and Development core. This workshop is designed in a similar vein to the general grantsmanship training InCHIP has provided in the past.

This workshop was envisioned as a way to help you complete the Specific Aims Section of your NIH Grant proposal.

  • November 14th 12-1PM: The first meeting will consist of a lecture delivered by InCHIP Associate Director Amy Gorin that addresses the Specific Aims Section.
  • December 5th 12-1PM: The Second meeting is a workshop to work on your Specific Aims Section.
  • December 12th 12-1PM: The Third meeting is an opportunity for feedback on your draft.

We encourage you to bring a lunch!


InCHIP Launches New Interprofessional Healthcare RIG

October 11, 2016

InCHIP is excited to announce its new Interprofessional Healthcare Research Interest Group (IPH RIG). The IPH RIG is the fifth RIG launched by InCHIP, and has been established in collaboration with the Committee on Interprofessional Excellence in Healthcare (CIPEH). The goal of the IPH RIG is to promote research that investigates the effect of interprofessional (IP) healthcare on patient-centered outcomes.

IP healthcare refers to a coordinated approach to care, where providers across the medical professions work together to develop and implement a patient’s care plan. This approach recognizes that every provider, from a patient’s dentist to their physician to their caregiver, has important perspectives and insights that must be considered to in order to provide the best possible care to the patient. The IPH RIG will focus on supporting the development of research projects that evaluate the impact of an IP approach on patient care and outcomes.

In pursuit of this mission, the IPH RIG will foster the formation of collaborative research teams, and sponsor networking events, workshops, and lectures focusing on the implementation of an IP approach in clinical and educational settings. In fact, the IPH RIG will be holding its first meeting on Monday, November 14, from 3:30-4:30pm, at the J. Ray Ryan Building. At this meeting, members will discuss possible directions for the group, develop ways to promote IP research, and explore possible funding avenues for IP research projects.

Additionally, the IPH RIG is sponsoring a seed grant completion with CIPEH. The competition will award two grants of up to $5,000 each to stimulate new research on the effectiveness of interprofessional health sciences education, patient care, and outreach initiatives. The Letter of Intent for this grant is due December 16, 2016. To learn more about this opportunity, visit the webpage for the seed grant here.

The IPH RIG is chaired by Michelle Judge (PhD, RD, CD-N, School of Nursing). InCHIP Associate Director Amy Gorin (PhD, Psychological Sciences) will also be contributing to the leadership of the RIG.

You can learn more about the IPH RIG in general on its webpage here. If you would like to join the IPH RIG, please email If you would like to attend the RIG meeting on November 14 as well, please include this in your email.

10/20 InCHIP Lecture: Edward Maibach, PhD, MPH

October 10, 2016

Please join us for our next event in the Fall 2016 InCHIP Lecture Series!

"TV weathercasters as local climate change educators: From exploratory research to national network in 5 years"

Presented by InCHIP and the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CESE)


Edward Maibach, PhD, MPH
George Mason University
Thursday, October 20, 2016
12:30 – 1:30pm

About the Speaker: Edward Maibach is a University Professor at George Mason University, and Director of Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication. Ed’s research – funded by NSF, NASA and private foundations – focuses on public engagement in climate change. Ed recently co-chaired the Engagement & Communication Working Group for the 3rd National Climate Assessment. Ed earned his PhD in communication science at Stanford University and his MPH at San Diego State University, and has previously served as Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute, Worldwide Director of Social Marketing at Porter Novelli, and Chairman of the Board for Kidsave International.

Co-Sponsored By:
UConn Allied Health Sciences
UConn Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion
UConn Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering
UConn Center for Public Health and Health Policy
UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
UConn Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
UConn Department of Communication
UConn Department of Human Development and Family Studies
UConn Global Affairs
UConn Neag School of Education
UConn Occupational and Environmental Medicine
UConn Office of Public Engagement
UConn School of Business
UConn School of Medicine

Location: The lecture will take place in Video Conference Room 204 on the second floor of the Ryan Building at 2006 Hillside Road at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. For directions and maps, see directions to InCHIP. Accessibility: elevator available in the building lobby on the ground floor.

To attend this lecture, please RSVP by clicking this link: Lecture RSVP. When you RSVP, you can request to arrange an individual meeting with Dr. Maibach on Thursday, October 20. Students are also invited to attend a discussion on career paths in communication with Dr. Maibach between 9-9:45am on October 20 (more information can be found in the RSVP form).

Web Stream: You can view this talk streamed live or afterwards at the InCHIP Lecture Series Website.

Any questions, please email:

About the InCHIP Lecture Series: The InCHIP Lecture Series provides an invaluable forum for researchers – at InCHIP, throughout the UConn community, and beyond – to learn about new work in development by leading figures in health behavior change. The InCHIP Lecture Series also provides a venue for researchers to share late-breaking findings and identify emerging trends in health behavior research. For the current semester schedule, visit InCHIP 2016 – 2017 Lecture Series.

Obesity RIG to Host “Low Hanging Fruit” Breakfast for Grad students and Faculty 10/18 at 9:30 am

September 30, 2016

The Obesity Research Interest Group (ORIG) will be hosting a breakfast to provide an opportunity for collaboration for faculty and graduate students on obesity related projects.

Find other ORIG members who can bring a fresh perspective to unfinished manuscripts, untapped datasets, or even ideas for new/revised grant applications.

ORIG researchers will briefly present projects and datasets that are available for collaboration followed by networking and discussion of next steps with potential partners. All ORIG members are welcome to attend including  graduate students, junior faculty, and those new to the obesity field.

The event will take place on October 18th from 930-11 Am in the Colloquium room at InCHIP.

Please RSVP ASAP. Click HERE.


Slides from the 2016 InCHIP Annual Meeting

September 26, 2016

The slides from the 2016 InCHIP Annual Meeting can be viewed below or downloaded here. The meeting featured presentations by InCHIP Directors Jeff Fisher, Deborah Cornman, and Amy Gorin, Core Directors Tania B. Huedo-Medina and Kim Gans, and a keynote address by InCHIP Principal Investigator Lisa Butler on “Household, Clinic and Community-Based Interventions to Improve Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health in Sub-Saharan Africa”.

Faculty Seed Grant Competition Announced at Annual Meeting

September 23, 2016

Yesterday at the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy’s Annual Meeting we announced the Faculty Seed Grant Funding announcements for the 2017 Fiscal Year.

This year’s Faculty Seed Grants include:

  • Junior Faculty/Researcher for InCHIP Affiliates
  • Office of Public Engagement Seed Grants for Community-Engaged Health Research
  • InCHIP-IBACS Seed Grants for Collaborative Research in Brain and Cognitive Science and Health 
  • Committee on Interprofessional Excellence in Healthcare Seed Grants

See the full descriptions below. Each of these announcements is downloadable for your convenience.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact



InCHIP Graduate Student Seed Grants Announced at Annual Meeting

At its Annual Meeting on September 22, InCHIP released the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the FY17 InCHIP Graduate Student Affiliate Seed Grants. This program offers research funding for graduate students at the Storrs and regional campuses who are InCHIP Graduate Student Affiliates. These grants provide funds to support new research initiatives and pilot work in the areas of health behavior and health policy. Health is broadly defined and includes physical and mental health, and outcomes with critical implications for health.

To find out more about this opportunity, you can download the FOA here. Forms to submit Letters of Intent for this FOA will be posted soon on the InCHIP Seed Grant webpage. Please email with any questions.

Special Colloquium 10/4: John Pachankis, PhD

“Translating minority stress research into empirically supported LGBT-affirmative interventions” 

John Pachankis, PhD

Yale School of Public Health

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

12:30 – 1:30pm

John Pachankis studies the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. His research specifically seeks to identify the psychological and social contextual influences that might explain LGBT individuals’ disproportionate experiences with several adverse mental and physical health outcomes, like depression and substance abuse. He uses social epidemiological, psychological, and mixed methods approaches to conduct this research. Drawing on his background as a clinical psychologist, his ultimate goal is to translate the results of these studies into psychosocial interventions to improve the health of the LGBT community.

Location: Conference Room 14 on the first floor of the Ryan Building at 2006 Hillside Road at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.  For directions and maps, see directions to InCHIP.

To attend this presentation, please RSVP by clicking this link: RSVP.