Qualitative Research Methods Workshop: Building Your Qualitative Toolbox

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You are invited to RSVP for the Qualitative Research Methods Workshop: Building Your Qualitative Toolbox. The event will take place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Thursday, May 23, 2019. The workshop is free, and lunch will be provided. There is a maximum number of spaces available, so register as soon as possible!

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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2020 Fisher Fellowship awarded to Matthew Sullivan

2020 Jeffrey D. Fisher Health Behavior Change Research Fellowship Awarded

Matthew Sullivan, MS
Matthew Sullivan, MS

We are happy to announce that Matthew Sullivan (Psychological Sciences) was awarded the Fisher Fellowship for his dissertation project titled “Stigma, coping, and HIV PrEP adherence and persistence in people with opioid use disorder in treatment: Patient and prescriber facilitators and barriers to HIV risk reduction”. Matt’s dissertation adviser is InCHIP Affiliate and faculty of Psychological Sciences, Dean Cruess. He completed four years as a T32 Training Fellow in the Social Processes of AIDS at InCHIP (funded by NIMH), working with fellowship mentors Seth Kalichman, PhD, and Lisa Eaton, PhD.The decision to award Matt the Fisher Fellowship was a unanimous decision among our faculty reviewers.

The Jeffrey D. Fisher Health Behavior Change Research Fellowship was created in 2019 to celebrate the career of Jeff Fisher, the founding Director of the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP). During Dr. Fisher’s tenure as Director, InCHIP grew from a small group of HIV researchers in the Department of Psychological Sciences to a university-wide, interdisciplinary institute of faculty and graduate students focused on a broad array of health and health behavior research.

Congrats to Matt! And Good luck!

InCHIP Ideas Lab featured in Knowinnovation’s Blog

“Connecticut ranks 29th in population size in the U.S., but the state ranked 9th in opioid related deaths per capita in 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Since then, overdose deaths nationwide have taken a slight dip, while Connecticut’s opioid-related death-rate has continued to climb.

“Opioid-related overdoses is a major public health challenge in the United States right now. It’s actually leading to a decrease in life expectancy,” says Amy Gorin, director of the University of Connecticut (UConn)’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP). “It’s a complex problem that needs some innovative solutions.””

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Funded InCHIP Rapid Response Proposals to Address COVID-19

Please note that this funding mechanism is now closed.

Funded Projects:

  • Keith Bellizzi (Human Development and Family Sciences). “Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Management of Mental Health Conditions among UConn Undergraduate Students.”
  • Saraswathi Bellur (Communication), Rebecca Acabchuk (Psychological Sciences), and Emily Hennessy (Psychological Sciences). “Evaluating UConn Student Well-Being in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Stacey Brown and Toan Ha (Public Health Sciences). “Assessing the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Resulting Behavior Changes in Response to COVID-19 Among Connecticut Residents.”
  • Lisa Butler (InCHIP) and Phelgona Otieno (Kenya Medical Research Institute). “An Exploratory Study on the Effects of COVID-19 and Associated Social and Economic Changes on HIV-Affected Households in Western Kenya.”
  • Jeffrey Burke and Olivia Derella (Psychological Sciences). “Healthy Transmission of Coping During COVID-19: The Impact of Parents’ Emotional Characteristics on Caregiver and Child Pandemic Response.” In addition to InCHIP, this project is being funded by:
    APSSC Student Research Grant
    UConn Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
    UConn Julian B. Rotter Fellowship
  • Sandra Chafouleas and Emily Iovino (Educational Psychology). “Understanding Stress and Personal Well-Being Among Primary Caregivers of Children Aged 6 to 18 During COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Xiang Chen (Geography), Debarchana Ghosh (Geography), and Marlene Schwartz (Human Development and Family Sciences / Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity). “Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Food Procurement Behavior and Food Activity Space.”
  • Amanda Denes (Communication) and Talea Cornelius (Columbia University Irving Medical Center). “Exploring the Effects of Social Isolation, Relational Quality, and Communication on Couples’ Physical, Mental, and Relational Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Stephanie Gernant (Pharmacy Practice). “How Has the Most Accessible Healthcare Professional Responded to Social Distancing?”
  • Damion Grasso (Psychiatry). “Examining the Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic in a Low-Income, Trauma-Exposed Cohort of Women with a High Rate of Posttraumatic Stress During Pregnancy.”
  • Blair T. Johnson (Psychological Sciences) and Mary Bernstein (Sociology). “Gun Violence, the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Community Health.” In addition to InCHIP, this project is being funded by:
    2019 CLAS Interdisciplinary Pilot Grant Program (with Co-PI Kun Chen, Statistics)
    The Bennett Fund for Innovative Education in Health and Society
  • Kenneth Lachlan and Stephen Stifano (Communication). “Examining Attributions of Blame Associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Eva Lefkowitz (Human Development and Family Sciences). “LGBTQ+ College Students’ Living Arrangements and Well-Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Kevin Manning and David Steffens (Psychiatry). “Change in Older Adults’ Depression, Anxiety, and Social Support in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Carla Rash (Medicine; Calhoun Cardiology Center) and Jeremiah Weinstock (Saint Louis University: Psychology). “Changes in Gambling Behavior Due to COVID-19.”
  • Beth Russell (Human Development and Family Sciences), Crystal Park (Psychological Sciences), and Michael Fendrich (School of Social Work). “Evaluating the Impact of COVID-19 on Young Adults’ Stress, Coping, and Substance Use Behavior.”
  • Natalie Shook (Nursing). “Predictors and Consequences of Preventative Health Behaviors during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Sara Stifano, Katrina Webber, Shardé Davis, and Stephen Stifano (Communication). “Stayin’ Alive: Using the Health Belief Model to Understand Persons’ of Color Intentions to Wear Masks during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Howard Tennen (Public Health Sciences) and Marcella Boynton (UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine). “Development and Testing of Effective Message Elements to Encourage Social Distancing Behaviors.”
  • Sarah Willen (Anthropology), Abigail Fisher Williamson (Trinity College: Political Science and Public Policy & Law), and Katherine Mason (Brown University: Anthropology). “Pandemic Journaling in the Era of COVID-19: Launching a Collaborative Archive + Health Intervention.” In addition to InCHIP, this project is being funded by:
    Global Affairs
    School of Fine Arts
    School of Social Work
    Asian and Asian American Studies Institute
    Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life
    Human Rights Institute
    Humanities Institute
    El Instituto
    Research Program on Global Health & Human Rights at HRI
    Department of Anthropology
    Department of History

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New Funding Opportunity: InCHIP Rapid Response Proposals to Address COVID-19


The Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) invites research proposals that address the social and behavioral implications of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). With no current vaccine available, institutions and governments have addressed the spread of disease through other modes, namely by encouraging or enforcing behavioral prevention strategies such as increased hygiene and social distancing. In many cases, significant measures have been undertaken including state-wide school closures, telecommuting, and changes in restaurant/business operations. While essential to mitigating the spread of COVID-19, these measures — coupled with the anxiety and uncertainty created by the global pandemic — have massive implications for the physical, mental, social, and financial well-being of millions.

To better understand the broader impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as it unfolds, InCHIP plans to provide several research teams with rapid release funds to capture/analyze time-sensitive data.

Possible areas of study include, but are not limited to:

  • Hygiene, Behavior, and Transmission Prevention – How do cognitive, affective, and social-contextual factors influence individuals’ level of adherence to CDC/WHO and state recommendations and guidelines?
  • Social Media, Social Networks, and Mass Media – What has influenced the relative uptake of behavioral precautions such as social distancing? How has misinformation about the COVID-19 spread across social networks and what impact does it have on the spread of disease across various demographics? How can social media be used to increase the uptake of behavioral precautions and decrease misinformation?
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing – What is the impact of social distancing and quarantine on mental health and substance use? What are the mental health impacts of quarantine and the pandemic on specific populations (e.g. elderly people, children, college students)? What strategies can be used to reduce stress and anxiety associated with COVID-19 (e.g., among college students)?
  • Implications for Immunocompromised Populations – How has the pandemic uniquely impacted people living with HIV, heart or lung disease, or diabetes?
  • Social Support and Infrastructure – What are the ongoing implications of the pandemic to social support systems, public health infrastructure, and institutions that support individuals living with limited resources (examples: schools/universities, public libraries, Veterans Affairs, homeless shelters, food pantries)?

Research areas not currently funded through this mechanism:

  • Vaccine Development
  • Viral Pathogenesis
  • Natural History of COVID-19
  • Immunology or Virology

Award Amount:

InCHIP will fund multiple projects with budgets up to $5,000. This funding is intended for costs associated with time sensitive data collection and analysis. Awards of larger amounts will be considered with prior approval of InCHIP Director Amy Gorin (contact directly at amy.gorin@uconn.edu). Our focus at this time is on supporting the collection of data in the immediate future. Additional funds may become available if longitudinal data collection is justified or study aims need to be expanded over time.

COVID-19 Guidance for the UConn Research Community

For the most up-to-date information about research activities at the University of Connecticut, please visit this webpage through the OVPR.

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InCHIP Gun Violence Prevention Research Interest Group Talk 4/1

*This Event is Postponed Until Further Notice* 


“Utilizing data from the Connecticut Violent Death Reporting System to inform gun violence research and evaluate gun violence prevention initiatives”

Susan Logan and Mike Makowsky, Department of Public Health
Andrew Woods, Executive Director of Hartford Communities that Care




InCHIP Workshop on Science & Practice of Mind-Body Health

Upcoming Workshop on Mindfulness POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020:

“Working Together to Build the Science and Practice of Mind-Body Health”


Vamsi Koneru, PhD, clinical psychologist in private practice at Koneru Psychotherapy; certified mindfulness teacher with Engaged Mindfulness Institute; Assistant Clinical Professor at UConn School of Medicine; and board member of Copper Beech Institute.


Postponed until Fall 2020. Dinner will be provided.


Innovation Partnership Building, 159 Discovery Building, Storrs, CT.

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Tackling the Opioid Crisis with a Warmer Touch

In the event of an opioid overdose, quick action from first responders can mean the difference between life and death. But oftentimes, survivors need much more than that first response to recover.
UConn researchers are working with the Waterbury Police Department (PD) and the Waterbury Department of Public Health on an innovative program to tackle the opioid epidemic by connecting overdose survivors to behavioral health clinicians immediately after overdose.
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InCHIP Lecture Series: Kristen Jozkowski

In Recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month:

Kristen Jozkowski, PhD

Thursday, April 9, 2020

J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor)

12:30 – 1:30pm


“The Need for Affirmative Sexuality in the Era of Affirmative Consent”

Dr. Kristen Jozkowski is the William L. Yarber Endowed Professor of Sexual Health in the Department of Applied Health Science and the Director of the Center for Reproductive and Social Health in the School of Public Health at Indiana University. She is also a Senior Research Scientist with the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University. Dr. Jozkowski’s research has been largely dedicated to sexual violence prevention, with a specific focus in the ways people communicate and interpret sexual consent and refusals. Her work also focuses on alcohol-facilitated sexual assault risk factors and socio-cultural factors that influence sexual violence and consent communication including gender norms and sexual double standards. Dr. Jozkowski earned her Ph.D. in Health Behavior with minors in Mixed Research Methodology and Human Sexuality at Indiana University in 2011.

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Questions: lectureseries@chip.uconn.edu

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 the InCHIP 2019-2020 Lecture Page.