Research Interest Groups

InCHIP has four multidisciplinary Research Interest Groups (RIGs) which are described in detail below. RIGs provide a forum for researchers from across disciplines, campuses, and the community to work collaboratively and seek funding opportunities for the purposes of conducting innovative research on specific health topics. RIG members come from community-based organizations in Connecticut, as well as many departments across UCONN including Psychology, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Allied Health, Medicine, Human Development & Family Studies, Statistics, and Geography.

Obesity Research Interest Group (ORIG)

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Under the direction of InCHIP Associate Director Amy Gorin since 2010, the ORIG’s mission is to bring together researchers within the greater Connecticut community who have expertise in obesity, nutrition, and physical activity to promote obesity research that translates effective behavior change programs to at-risk individuals.

Cancer Research Interest Group (Cancer RIG)

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Established in Fall 2012 by Research Professor Meg Gerrard and Assistant Professor Alicia Dugan, the Cancer RIG ‘s goal is to build a world-class research team dedicated to studying and intervening along the entire cancer control continuum from primary prevention to early detection/diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life issues.

eHealth/mHealth Research Interest Group (EMRIG)

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Established in Spring 2013 by InCHIP Associate Director Debbie Cornman and Assistant Professor Alicia Dugan, this RIG focuses on mobile health/electronic health, which refers to the use of mobile technologies, social media, web-based interventions, sensors, and other new technologies to assess and modify health behavior.

Interprofessional Healthcare Research Interest Group (IPH RIG)

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Established in Fall 2016 by Assistant Professor Michelle Judge and InCHIP Associate Director Amy Gorin, the mission of the IPH RIG is to promote research that evaluates the effects of interprofessional healthcare on patient-centered outcomes. The term “interprofessional” refers to opportunities and experiences that involve more than one profession (e.g., pharmacy and nursing), in an effort to expand collaboration and teamwork in healthcare.

If you are interested in joining any of the Research Interest Groups, contact Deborah Cornman, InCHIP Associate Director, at