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!
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Radenka Maric, UConn Vice President for Research; Dr. Jeff Fisher, InCHIP Founding Director (Emeritus); Lucy Finkelstein-Fox, recipient of the first Fisher Fellowship Award; Dr. Amy Gorin, InCHIP Director;
Photo credit: Carson Stifel
Lucy Finkelstein-Fox, a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology, has been awarded the first Jeffrey D. Fisher Health Behavior Change Research Fellowship.
Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies, Finkelstein-Fox’s primary research interest has been in the effects of traumatic life events and related cognitions as they carry forward into daily health.
“Ever since I was an undergrad, I’ve really been interested in trauma and how different kinds of life events – both…official traumas as well as major transitions – impact the course of people’s lives and how they make sense of what comes next,” Finkelstein-Fox says.
Crystal Park, Ph.D., a Professor of Psychological Sciences at UConn, is Finkelstein-Fox’s advisor, and the two have worked together on several projects.
“In working with Dr. Park, I’ve really had the opportunity to look at how trauma history plays into daily experiences and stress, coping, health, and emotion,” Finkelstein-Fox says.
For her dissertation, Finkelstein-Fox plans to expand on her previous studies of stress, coping, and health outcomes. She plans to explore how emotional attention biases affect meaning-making over time, as well as insomnia, sleep hygiene, and persistent depressed affect after the death of a loved one.
“I’m going to look at how the ways that we make meaning impact our mood and the quality of our sleep,” Finkelstein-Fox says.
Meaning making is when an individual thinks repetitively about a traumatic event. Finkelstein-Fox will be looking specifically at loss as the traumatic event in her study.
Finkelstein-Fox’s study will be the first to examine a comprehensive longitudinal model of reciprocal change in cognitions, mood, and sleep behaviors over the course of bereavement. Her dissertation research has the potential to inform personalized bereavement interventions in the future.
Finkelstein-Fox says the Fisher Fellowship makes reimbursement of study participants possible, which is very meaningful in her work, especially for a longitudinal study where participants are asked to discuss difficult experiences.
“This study also…is a new one for me because I’m going to be using a laboratory task of attention,” Finkelstein-Fox says. “The funds will help me to purchase the software and learn how to use it in a way that’s going be important for my career.”
Finkelstein-Fox has been a research assistant for several clinical intervention studies at InCHIP. In addition, an InCHIP seed grant funds her current pre-dissertation project.
“I’m running a project right now that looks at the ways in which undergraduate students who have chronic medical problems are able to cope flexibly with both their medical issues and their experiences as students,” Finkelstein-Fox says.
In the future, Finkelstein-Fox hopes to work within an academic medical center. She intends to continue her research on the relationship between trauma, cognitions, affect, health-promoting behaviors, and socio-cultural determinants of health.
Jeffrey D. Fisher, Ph.D., recently retired from the University of Connecticut, where he was the founding Director of the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP).
The Jeffrey D. Fisher Health Behavior Change Research Fellowship was created to honor Fisher’s legacy at UConn and to advance the research of continuing UConn graduate students working on dissertations in the health behavior field.
“[The Fisher Fellowship is intended] to provide a measure of extra support for those students to help them to succeed,” Fisher said.
The Fisher Fellowship will award a $2,000 stipend each year to a student conducting their dissertation research on health and health behavior change research. This year, the Office of the Vice President for Research contributed an additional $2,000 to the award.
Meet virtually with Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, Director of the UConn Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC), and learn about the state-of-the-art equipment, methods, and training offered by the Center. InCHIP and BIRC are co-sponsoring a $30,000 seed grant opportunity (see here). Learn more about the seed grant and BIRC’s resources and services at the Virtual Meet ‘n’ Greet.
Recently, InCHIP held a Virtual Meet n’ Greet with the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) focused on opportunities for collaborative research. As a reminder, the InCHIP-CHCACT seed grant application process is open, and letters of intent are due by April 26. CHCACT coordinates the efforts of 16 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), all of which have multiple sites and together provide services to nearly 400,000 patients across Connecticut. For more information about CHCACT and their member FQHCs, see the CHCACT website.
The InCHIP-CHCACT Virtual Meet n’ Greet was recorded. Here is the link to view the video recording.
If you want to learn more about the InCHIP-CHCACT seed grant, visit the InCHIP Seed Grant website.
Inaugural Fisher Fellowship Award Ceremony
March 27th at 12pm
InCHIP, J. Ray Ryan Building
Lunch will be served
RSVP by March 20th to (Melanie Skolnick)
Dr. Jeff Fisher recently retired from UConn where he dedicated his career to the development of health behavior change interventions. At UConn, Dr. Fisher was the founding Director of the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) which he 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.
In honor of Dr. Fisher’s distinguished tenure at UConn, the Jeffrey D. Fisher Health Behavior Change Research Fellowship has been created to both celebrate the career of our friend and colleague and to advance the work of promising graduate students affiliated with InCHIP. At noon on March 27th, we will award the first Fisher Fellowship to an outstanding UConn graduate student working on her/his dissertation in the area of health behavior. Dr. Fisher will be in attendance, and we hope that you can join us for lunch and a brief ceremony at this inaugural event. Please RSVP by March 20th to Melanie Skolnick (firstname.lastname@example.org). For those of you who are unable to attend in person, please let us know if you would like to view the ceremony remotely.
In conjunction with this ceremony, the Jeffrey D. Fisher Health Behavior Change Research Fellowship Fund is being recognized during UConn Gives Day 2019, a 36-hour giving initiative on March 27th-28th. To help grow the fund, please consider making a donation during UConn Gives either at the Fisher Fellowship Award Ceremony, online, or via text (links to these options will be available via this website beginning on March 27th). Your recognition of Jeff’s career and your support of InCHIP are greatly appreciated.
During Spring Semester 2019, InCHIP will host a series of panel discussions that center on the general theme of technology and health. This series will culminate with the InCHIP Ideas Lab (April 11th-12th, 2019) which will address the “wicked problem” of how can we better utilize wearable, mobile-based, and other data-rich technology to promote health and well-being and ultimately prevent and manage chronic disease in an ethical and legally sound fashion? Our hope is that these talks will appeal to a diversity of disciplines (from philosophy to social work to engineering and everything in between) and will act as a springboard for a campus wide conversation around the use of technology to improve health.
- Informing the Future of Health Research: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, & Big Data
- Ethical & Social Considerations of Research Using Technology and Social Media
- Mobile, Social, and Wearable: On the Go Technology to Improve Health
- InCHIP Ideas Lab: Harnessing the Potential of Our Data-Rich Lives to Improve Health and Well-Being
Interested in a “K” career development award? Then join us on Tuesday, December 18 at 2p ET for a Twitter chat covering everything you ever wanted to know and more about NIH Career Development “K” Awards. We will discuss how to decide whether an NIH K award is right for you, how to prepare one, common reviewer concerns, and advice on mentor teams and training plans. Guests will include current and former K awardees including Molly Waring (UConn), Charles Jonassaint (UPitt), Drs. Dani Arigo (Rowan University), and Matt Whited (East Carolina State University). The host will be Dr. Sherry Pagoto, UConn Professor of Allied Health Sciences and InCHIP investigator. She was recipient of a K23 from 2003-2008 and numerous NIH, CDC, and foundation grants, including an NIH K24 Midcareer Investigator Award. Please join us with your burning questions about K awards! The chat hashtag is #behavioralmedchat.
Co-sponsored by InCHIP and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
If you are unfamiliar with Twitter chats, please check out Twitter Chat 101 here
InCHIP Webinar: Grow your Seed Grant Projects into Large Externally Funded Research
Drs. Sherry Pagoto and Molly Waring will lead a workshop on how to plan towards transforming pilot studies funded by internal seed grants into large externally funded research projects. This workshop is intended to inform your thinking as you write your InCHIP Seed Grant applications. It will be recorded and posted to YouTube.
December 3rd, 2018 from 11AM-12PM
Each month CICATS hosts a science cafe with the Kavli Foundation on a different scientific topic. Our science cafe series aims to bring science to members of the community in an engaging and informal way.
At this Science Cafe, Drs. Ryan Watson and Rebecca Puhl (Human Development and Family Studies and the Rudd Center) will share the preliminary findings from their 2017 LGBTQ Teen Survey — a national study that sampled more than 17,000 young people from every state in the US. The survey included over 150 items that assessed health (such as substance use, eating behaviors, self-esteem, etc), school experiences, disclosure of sexual and gender identity, and more. Drs. Watson and Puhl will be accompanied by an expert panel (Dr. Paul Poteat of Boston College, Dr. Micki McElya of UConn, and Robin McHaelen of True Colors) to discuss the implications of the findings as they pertain to the next steps in scholarship, goals for policy, and practical applications for parents, children, and teachers. The panel will discuss and reflect on the findings from this large national survey with the ultimate goal of contributing to engaged scholarship and providing a foundation for future action.
There will be plenty of time for audience questions and participation, as our Science Cafes are geared towards creating discussion with attendees. This event is FREE and open to everyone interested in the topic.
- Topic: LGBTQ+ health, well-being, and experiences across the U.S.
- When: Wednesday, December 5th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
- Where: Nathan Hale Inn, 855 Bolton Rd,Storrs, CT 06269
- RSVP: Please use this link to RSVP for this science cafe.
For questions please contact Noehren@uchc.edu.
As we head into the Thanksgiving break, I wanted to share some highlights from my first few months as Director of InCHIP. It has certainly b een a busy semester in the Ryan Building. We have hosted four lectures as part of our annual series, kicked off a new Lunch and Learn program, finalized our seed grant offerings for the year, launched a NIH K Award Writing Group, continued building the capacity of our Community-Engaged Health Research Core and Training and Development Core, held our Annual Meeting, and much more.
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