Author: Grace Morris

InCHIP Grant Writing Boot Camp Begins 9/18

We are happy to announce that InCHIP’s Training and Development Core will be holding a year-long Grant Writing Boot Camp. The Boot Camp will begin on Monday, September 18th from 12-1PM and will consist of 10 sessions across the academic year.

All ten sessions will take place on Mondays from 12-1PM on the following dates:

Fall Semester

  • 9/18
  • 10/2
  • 10/16
  • 10/30
  • 12/4

Spring Semester

  • 1/29
  • 2/12
  • 3/5
  • Individual Meetings*
  • 4/9

*In the interim between 3/5 and 4/9 we will hold meetings between participants and grant writing experts who will give them feedback on their proposal as it stands at that point.

Who should attend: This series is designed for faculty who conduct health-related research. Faculty who want to pursue external funding and who are committed to writing a grant proposal during this academic year are encouraged to participate.

What to expect: With structured guidance, over the course of the year you will write the various sections of your grant and receive feedback from fellow participants and InCHIP investigators with grant writing expertise. By the end of the 10-session Boot Camp, you will have a solid grant proposal that is ready to be submitted to an external agency.

To join the Grant Writing Boot Camp, CLICK HERE

Note: If you have grant writing experience and would be interested in participating as a reviewer, please contact ( or Amy Gorin (

Drs. Sherry Pagoto and Molly Waring from the University of Massachusetts Medical School to join InCHIP and the Department of Allied Health Sciences

InCHIP is pleased to announce that Drs. Sherry Pagoto and Molly Waring from the University of Massachusetts Medical School will be joining InCHIP and the Department of Allied Health Sciences at UConn in the fall.

Sherry Pagoto, PhD

Dr. Pagoto, a licensed clinical psychologist, is an international leader in digital health with over 160 published articles on topics related to the prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. She is the president-elect of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and is a respected advocate for health promotion and science communication with over 20,000 followers on Twitter. Dr. Pagoto’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and she brings over $6 million in grant funding to UConn including projects exploring ways to leverage social media and mobile apps for health behavior change. At InCHIP, Dr. Pagoto will be the Director of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media.The Center, located at InCHIP on the second floor of the Ray Ryan Building on the Storrs campus, will have a staff of 7 and will provide consultation to researchers on research design, recruitment, and data analyses for mHealth and online social networking studies, assist researchers in getting their mobile health apps and online intervention content developed, and provide training opportunities for faculty and staff in mHealth and social media. Dr. Pagoto will be Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences in College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, where she will teach, advise and play an active role in the Health Promotion Sciences graduate program.

Molly Waring, PhD

Joining Dr. Pagoto is Dr. Molly Waring, an epidemiologist with a focus on technology-based weight management interventions for women who are pregnant or of child-bearing age. Dr. Waring was recently awarded a 3-year R34 from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to develop and pilot test a Facebook-delivered weight loss intervention in postpartum women. Dr. Waring will become Assistant Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, where she will be active in teaching, conducting research, and advising, as well as contribute to the graduate program in Health Promotion Sciences.

The hiring of Drs. Pagoto and Waring and the creation of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media reflects InCHIP’s commitment to conducting world-class research in health promotion and greatly enhances UConn investigators’ ability to develop and test innovative mhealth interventions. Drs. Pagoto and Waring will both be active in InCHIP’s existing ehealth/mhealth Research Interest Group.

Please join us at our annual meeting on September 28th to welcome Drs. Pagoto and Waring and to learn more about the new Center for mHealth and Social Media.

Cross-Cultural and Diversity Inclusiveness Training for Researchers May 18


InCHIP’s Community-Engaged Health Research Core is very excited to announce that we will be offering a workshop on Cross-Cultural and Diversity Inclusiveness for Researchers.

The training will take place on:

  • Thursday May 18th 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Room 204 of the Ryan Building at UConn Storrs.
  • Breakfast will be provided at 8:30 AM (vegetarian/vegan and gluten free options included)
  • Due to the interactive nature of this event, the workshop is limited to 23 people. Reservations are required, so SIGN UP NOW!

This training will help each of us examine our own attitudes and assumptions about individuals and communities who have identities, experiences, and beliefs different from our own. And it will expand the skills that we need to effectively work together with individuals and communities on addressing important public health issues through research.

We are very excited that this training will be provided by Grace Damio, MS CD/N, who is the Director of Research and Training at the Hispanic Health Council In Hartford. She has extensive experience conducting this training, and she has worked for many years with University researchers and with communities in Hartford.


The Hispanic Health Council’s Cross-Cultural & Diversity Inclusiveness (CC&DI) Training Program was established in 2003, and has since been tailored to train over 2,000 participants of diverse backgrounds. In 2013-2014, HHC partnered with the Connecticut Hospital Association, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, University of Connecticut Health Center, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, State of Connecticut Department of Education/Support for Pregnant and Parenting Teens Program, and CT-RI Public Health Training Center at Yale School of Public Health, to train over 500 participants.

Click Here to RSVP!

Please click here for directions to the Ryan building.

Please feel free to contact me ( with any questions or concerns.


Team Science Summit May 11th


InCHIP’s Training and Development Core is very excited to announce that our Team Science Summit will take place on May 11th!

For those unfamiliar with the term, according to the National Cancer Institute “Team science is a collaborative effort to address a scientific challenge that leverages the strengths and expertise of professionals trained in different fields. Although traditional single-investigator driven approaches are ideal for many scientific endeavors, coordinated teams of investigators with diverse skills and knowledge may be especially helpful for studies of complex social problems with multiple causes.”

The event will draw on the expertise of  Dr. Kara Hall,  a Health Scientist, Director of the Science of Team Science (SciTS) Team, and Director of the Theories Initiative in the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr Hall is one of the preeminent leaders in the Science of Team Science field.

The Team Science Summit will take on May 11th and  will consist of:

  • 9AM-12PM Workshop on Strategies in Team Science: Planning for Successful Collaborations. Breakfast will be served. (Maximum 40 participants)
  • 2-3PM Kara Hall: “The Science of Team Science: Enhancing to Improve the Success of Cross-Disciplinary Science” (Keynote)

Both events will take place in Room 204 of the Ryan Building. Please click here for directions to InCHIP.

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact (



InCHIP Lecture 2/9: Robert Aseltine, Jr. PhD

Please join us for our next event in the Spring 2017 InCHIP Lecture Series!

“Using Medical Claims and EHR Data to Predict Suicide Risk”

Rob aseltine

Robert H. Aseltine, Jr., PhD
University of Connecticut, CPHHP

Thursday, February 9, 2017
12:30 – 1:30pm

About the Speaker

Robert Aseltine, PhD, is Professor and Interim Chair in the Division of Behavioral Sciences and Community Health and Deputy Director of the Center for Public Health and Health Policy at UCONN Health. Dr. Aseltine is a medical sociologist with diverse research interests that include health disparities, suicide prevention, and the development of innovative medical and public health information systems. Over the past 20 years he has led several major studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Department of Defense. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Connecticut All-Payer Claims Database and Vice Chair of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC).

Dr. Aseltine received his BA from Wesleyan University and his PhD from the University of Michigan.

Co-Sponsored By:
Allied Health Sciences
UConn Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion
UConn Center for Public Health and Health Policy
UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
UConn Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences
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 School of Business
UConn School of Medicine
UConn School of Nursing
UConn Statistics Department
UConn School of Social Work
UConn School of Pharmacy

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 also request to meet with Dr. Aseltine in an individual meeting on Thursday, February 9th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

Web Stream
You can view this lecture 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.