Month: October 2020

COVID-19 in Focus: A Series of InCHIP Panel Discussions

COVID-19 in Focus: A Series of InCHIP Panel Discussions

How the Pandemic Response can be Informed by Behavioral and Social Sciences Research


In March 2020, InCHIP launched a rapid response funding program to capture the broad impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as it unfolded in real time. Twenty awards were made to UConn-based research teams. During this panel discussion series, awardees will present their findings and provide a glimpse at how the behavioral and social sciences are approaching the pandemic.

The series is broken into four sessions. Each session will be presented via WebEX and will be posted for later viewing.

Panel Discussions

Differential Burdens: The Impact of COVID-19 on Vulnerable and At-Risk Populations

When: October 29, 12:30-2:00pm

“COVID-19 and Retail Grocery Shopping: Preliminary Insights from a Broad-based Consumer Survey”

Presenter: Yiru Wang (SUNY Oswego)
Additional Team Members: Xiang Chen (Co-PI, Geography), Debarchana Ghosh (Co-PI, Geography), Marlene Schwartz (Co-PI, HDFS / Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity), Ran Xu (Allied Health Sciences)

“Cumulative Pandemic-Related Adversity Moderates Change in Affective Symptoms from Pregnancy to Early Motherhood in a Primarily Hispanic, Low-Income Sample”

Presenter: Damion Grasso (PI, Psychiatry / Pediatrics)

“Older Adults’ Depression, Anxiety, and Social Support in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Presenter: Kevin Manning (Co-PI, Psychiatry)
Additional Team Members: David Steffens (Co-PI, Psychiatry), Lihong Wang (Co-I, Psychiatry), Grace Chan (Co-I, Psychiatry), Rong Wu (Co-I, Connecticut Convergence Institute’s Biostatistics Center)

“Stayin’ Alive: Using the Health Belief Model to Understand Persons’ of Color Intentions to Wear Masks during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Presenter: Katrina Webber (Co-PI, Graduate Student, Communication)
Additional Team Members: Sara Stifano (Co-PI, Communication), Shardé Davis (Co-PI, Communication), Stephen Stifano (Co-PI, Communication)

“Gun Violence, the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Community Health”

Presenter: Blair Johnson (Co-PI, Psychological Sciences)
Additional Team Members: Mary Bernstein (Co-PI, Sociology), Kun Chen (Co-I, Statistics), Emily Hennessy (Psychological Sciences), Rebecca Acabchuk (Psychological Sciences)

Pandemic Parenting: Understanding the Effects of COVID-19 on Child Caregivers

When: November 12, 12:30-1:30pm

“Healthy Transmission of Coping During COVID-19: The Impact of Emotional Characteristics on Caregiver and Child Response”

Presenter: Olivia Derella (PI, Graduate Student, Psychological Sciences)
Additional Team Members: Jeffrey Burke (Co-PI, Psychological Sciences), Emilie Butler (Graduate Student, Psychological Sciences)

“Impact of COVID-19 on Primary Caregivers of Children With and Without Developmental Disabilities”

Presenter: Emily Iovino (Co-PI, Postdoc, Educational Psychology)
Additional Team Member: Sandra Chafouleas (PI, Educational Psychology)

“An Exploratory Study on the Effects of COVID-19 and Associated Social and Economic Changes on Children and Their Families in Resource-Constrained Settings in Sub-Saharan Africa”

Presenter: Lisa Butler (Co-PI, InCHIP)
Additional Team Members: Phelgona Otieno (Co-PI, Kenya Medical Research Institute), Leonie Marinovich (Consultant)

InCHIP and Health Disparities Institute Guest Speaker: Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH

Rhea Boyd MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer of San Diego 211, Director of Equity and Justice for The California Children’s Trust

Monday, October 26, 2020
3:00pm – 4:00pm

“On Racism: Raising the Bar to Publish on Racial Health Inequities”

Rhea Boyd MD, MPH is a pediatrician, public health advocate, and scholar who writes and teaches on the relationship between structural racism, inequity and health. She has a particular focus on the child and public health impacts of harmful policing practices and policies. She serves as the Chief Medical Officer of San Diego 211, working with navigators to address social needs of San Diegans impacted by chronic illness and poverty. And she is the Director of Equity and Justice for The California Children’s Trust, an initiative to advance mental health access to children and youth across California.

Dr. Boyd graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Africana Studies and Health from the University of Notre Dame. She earned a M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at University of California, San Francisco. In 2017, Dr. Boyd graduated from the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Minority Health Policy Fellowship at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, earning an M.P.H.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Collaboration, Health, Intervention and Policy and the Health Disparities Institute.


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