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.    

Welcome to our New Employees

September 12, 2016

Welcome InCHIP’s New Executive Assistant: Steven Jagielo

We wanted to formally welcome our new Executive Assistant Steve Jagielo to InCHIP. He returns to UConn from Connecticut College in New London CT. We hope he is settling into his new position and the madness of the fall semester.

We also want to welcome two new Boundary Spanners to InCHIP’s Team

John Giardina, MA in Economics (UConn) and Grace Morris, MA in Sociology (Northeastern University) have recently joined the InCHIP team as Boundary Spanners.  They are both very eager to get to work this semester helping UConn faculty to develop interdisciplinary research teams and discover funding opportunities. If you have a project in mind, please feel free to contact either of them!

Thursday 9/22: InCHIP Annual Meeting

This is a reminder that the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy’s Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday September 22nd, 2016, from 11am-12:30pm, and will be followed by a healthy  lunch in the Colloquium room on the 1st Floor of the Ryan Building. The meeting will consist of presentations by InCHIP Directors, PI’s, and provide an opportunity for InCHIP Affiliates to discover some of the goings on here at InCHIP. Remember to RSVP TODAY!

2016 InCHIP Annual Meeting

FY16 InCHIP Seed Grant Winners Announced

July 21, 2016

The Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) is delighted to announce and congratulate the awardees of the FY16 Seed Grant competitions. These seed grants provide funds to investigators across UConn to support new research initiatives and pilot work that can lead to innovative external grant applications focused on health behavior and health behavior change.

Together with co-sponsors at the School of Business, School of Dental Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and Neag School of Education, InCHIP’s internal and dual-PI seed grant programs awarded $193,000 for research projects across a range of disciplines. Awardees were selected through a rigorous NIH-style review process, and all qualifying applicants were provided with feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their proposals.

We wish to thank all of the applicants for their excellent proposals and the review committee members for their substantial contributions to the seed grant competitions.

Winning Proposals:

InCHIP Seed Grants for Faculty/Researcher Affiliates ($15,000 each)

InCHIP Grant Development Summer Stipends for Junior Faculty ($2,500 each)

InCHIP Seed Grants for Graduate Student Affiliates ($1,500 each)

InCHIP-School of Business Dual-PI Seed Grants in Business and Health Behavior ($25,000 each)

InCHIP-School of Dental Medicine Dual-PI Seed Grants in Dental Health and Health Behavior ($25,000 each)

InCHIP-Psychiatry Dual-PI Seed Grant in Mental Health and Health Behavior ($50,000)

InCHIP-Neag School of Education Dual-PI Seed Grants in School and Child Health ($15,000 each)

CSCH Awarded Grant Through the UConn Academic Plan

July 12, 2016


On July 11, President Susan Herbst and Provost Mun Choi announced that InCHIP’s Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH), directed by Professor Sandra Chafouleas and Dean Carol Polifroni, has been awarded a Level 2 grant as part of the UConn Academic Plan. This is one of only 15 projects that were funded in Round #2.

The full text of the CSCH announcement from President Herbst and Provost Choi is below:

Professors Sandra Chafouleas and Dean E. Carol Polifroni have been awarded a Level 2 grant for the Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH). The purpose of the CSCH is to facilitate innovative and impactful connections across research, policy, and practice arenas relevant to school and child health. Situated within InCHIP, CSCH serves as a central resource to university and external partners engaged in efforts that inform healthy, safe, supportive, and engaging environments for all children. CSCH utilizes and expands upon the CDC Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model that prioritizes the necessity of collaboration across education and health sectors to accomplish child well-being.

InCHIP PI Linda Pescatello Named to National Advisory Committee for Physical Activity

June 29, 2016

InCHIP PI and Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Linda Pescatello
InCHIP PI and Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Linda Pescatello

InCHIP Principal Investigator Linda Pescatello has been named to the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, organized by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Pescatello, a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology, is one of 17 nationally recognized experts in health and physical activity appointed to the committee, which will prepare recommendations for the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. In a blog post announcing the committee members, Acting Assistant Secreatry for Health Karen DeSalvo wrote, “These experts will play a critical role in a comprehensive process, culminating with the publication of the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans…Ultimately, this second edition of the Guidelines will give health professionals, the public, and policymakers science-based information on how Americans of all ages can use physical activity to reduce the risk of chronic disease and improve health outcomes throughout the country.” More information about the committee and how to follow its work can be found in the press release here.