Month: October 2013

Dr. S. Shyam Sundar, PhD, Speaking at CHIP Thursday, October 24, 2013

On ThursdayOctober 24, 2013, from 12:30 – 1:30 pm, the CHIP lecture series features a talk by S. Shyam Sundar, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor & Co-Director, Media Effects Research Laboratory, Film/Video & Media Studies Department, College of Communications, Penn State University about “Emphasizing the Self in Health Communication: Message and Medium Factors.”  This is co-sponsored by the Department of Communications.

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

You can also view this talk streamed live during or after the lecture at the following link:

S. Shyam SundarS. Shyam Sundar is the founder of the Media Effects Research Laboratory, a leading facility of its kind in the country. He teaches courses in the psychology of communication technology, mass-communication theory, and research methodology.  He holds joint faculty appointments in the departments of film-video and media studies, advertising, architecture, and communication arts and sciences at Penn State.  Professor Sundar’s research investigates social and psychological effects of technological elements unique to online communication, ranging from websites to newer social and personal media. In particular, his studies experimentally investigate the effects of interactivity, navigability, multi-modality, and agency (source attribution) in digital media interfaces upon online users’ thoughts, emotions, and actions.

His research is supported by the National Science Foundation, Korea Science and Engineering Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services, among others.

CHIP PI Lindsay DiStefano featured in UConn Today

Excerpt from the article in UConn Today, “Helping Young Athletes Avoid Injury,” published October, 3, 2013:

… Lindsay DiStefano, assistant professor of kinesiology in the Neag School of Education, is studying ways to protect young athletes [ages 14 and under] from injury. DiStefano, a certified athletic trainer with expertise in lower-body mechanics, is currently working with several hundred young Connecticut soccer players as part of study supported by a $150,000 grant from the Charles H. Hood Foundation.

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Dr. Brian Mustanski, PhD, Speaking at CHIP Thursday, October 17, 2013

On ThursdayOctober 17 2013, from 12:30 – 1:30 pm, Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Medical Social Science and Psychology,  Northwestern University, gives a talk about “Translational Behavioral Science Research on Young Male Couples and Sexual Health: From Mechanisms to Interventions.”   It is co-sponsored by the UConn Office of the Vice President for Research and the Department of Psychology.

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

You can also view this talk streamed live during or after the lecture at the following link:

Brian Mustanski, Ph.D.Brian Mustanski, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences and Psychology at Northwestern University and Director of the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Research Program, which has a mission to conduct translational research that improves the health of the LGBT community.  Dr. Mustanski has been a Principal Investigator for multiple federal (NIMH, NIDA, CDC, NSF) and foundation research and training awards. The majority of his research focuses on the health and development of LGBT youth and the application of new media and technology to sexual health promotion and HIV prevention. He has received a number of award for his work, included being named a William T Grant Scholar and the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution to LGBT Psychology from the American Psychological Association Division 44.

CHIP PI Seth Kalichman has been Awarded a New Grant

Summary: This research proposal requests 3 years of support to conduct developmental intervention studies to design and field test a theory-based intervention to address food insecurity and improve antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence among men and women living with HIV infection. Food insecurity is prevalent among people living with HIV in US inner-cities, with as many as 43% not having sufficient food and experiencing intermittent hunger. Food insecurity has been demonstrated direct associations with ART adherence including predicting non-adherence over and above other factors including depression, social support, and substance abuse. Food insecurity is particularly problematic in relation to substance abuse given competing survival needs and the dire combined health consequences of addiction and malnutrition. Guided by the Conservation of Resources Theory of Stress and Coping, we will conduct 3 stages of intervention development research: (1) initial interviews and focus groups with people living with HIV who take ART, using substances, and experience food insecurity. Based on information gained from rapid formative studies, this first stage of research will develop a theory-based intervention to address accessing food and sustaining ART adherence; (2) Test the feasibility of the newly developed food insecurity and adherence intervention with a small sample of HIV positive men and women who are taking ART, use substances, and experience food insecurity. Stage 2 will also finalize and pilot test all assessment instruments and protocols for data collection; and (3) Conduct a randomized field test to determine the potential efficacy of the food insecurity and ART adherence intervention. Participants in the field test will be randomly assigned to either receive the newly developed intervention or a time matched attention comparison condition. Following a 6-month follow-up period, we will test for differences between groups on food access, adherence, and coping resource outcomes. The intervention development will include pilot testing daily food, mood, and substance use behaviors monitored by interactive text-message surveys. We will also examine the intervention effects on mediating theoretical constructs derived by Conservation of Resources Theory. Our developmental research will also examine the feasibility and acceptability of conducting the intervention in four face-to-face sessions. The proposed intervention research will therefore develop new strategies for use with people living with HIV/AIDS who are taking ART under adverse conditions with multiple competing needs.

Dr. Melicia Whitt-Glover, PhD, Speaking at CHIP Thursday, October 10, 2013

On Thursday, October 10, 2013, from 12:30 – 1:30 pm, we continue our 2013 lecture series with a talk by Melicia Whitt-Glover, Ph.D., President & CEO, Gramercy Research Group, LLC, Winston-Salem, NC entitled “It Takes a Village: Strategies for Changing Physical Activities in Communities.”  This is co-sponsored by 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

You can also view this talk streamed live during or after the lecture at the following link:

Melicia Whitt-Glover, Ph.D.Dr. Whitt-Glover is the President and CEO of Gramercy Research Group in Winston-Salem, NC. Gramercy Research Group’s mission is to positively impact and improve the lives of individuals and communities by addressing health and related issues. Dr. Whitt-Glover is currently involved in research studies designed to identify effective strategies to increase weight loss and weight gain prevention among African Americans, and to promote adherence to national recommendations for diet and physical activity. Her current research studies are being conducted in public schools and churches in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Whitt-Glover received her BA (Exercise Physiology, 1993) and MA (Exercise Physiology, 1996) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. (Epidemiology, 1999) from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Whitt-Glover completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine (2000 – 2002) and has served on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2002 – 2003) and Wake Forest University School of Medicine (2003 – 2009).