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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 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

 

 

 

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: C. Debra Furr-Holden

This Event will be Rescheduled in the Fall Semester

*Please Check the InCHIP Lecture Series Page for Updates*

C. Debra Furr-Holden, Ph.D.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

12:30 – 1:30pm

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

“Community-engaged Research Examining Behavioral Health Equity”

Dr. Furr-Holden is the Associate Dean for Public Health Integration and Director of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions, funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD; #U54MD011227) and also serves as the MSU Co-Director of the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center. She is an epidemiologist and classically-trained public health professional with expertise in drug and alcohol dependence epidemiology, psychiatric epidemiology, and prevention science. She attended Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (BA Natural Sciences and Public Health, 1996) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (PhD, 1999).

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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.

InCHIP Lecture Series: Dustin T. Duncan

Please join us for our next event in the Spring 2020 InCHIP Lecture Series!

Dustin T. Duncan, ScD

Thursday, April 2, 2020

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

12:30 – 1:30pm

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“Black Gay and Bisexual Men and HIV Disparities: The N2 Cohort Study”

Dr. Duncan is an internationally recognized social and spatial epidemiologist studying how specific neighborhood characteristics influence population health and health disparities, among sexual and gender minorities, especially gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women from an intersectional perspective. His research has a strong domestic focus—including in New York City—but my recent work spans the globe, including studies in Paris, London, and Abu Dhabi. Forthcoming collaborative projects are in east Africa. Methodologically, his research utilizes a geospatial lens to apply, for example, computer-based geographic information systems (GIS), web-based and real-time geospatial technologies, and geospatial modeling techniques. For instance, he applies Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and smartphones to examine spatial mobility and social networks in and across neighborhoods. His work appears in leading public health, medical, geography, criminology, demography and psychology journals. He has over 150 high-impact publications and book chapters, and his research has appeared in major media outlets including U.S. News & World Report, the Washington Post, the New York Times and CNN.

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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.

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

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“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.

InCHIP Lecture Series: Timothy Caulfield

Please join us for our final event in the Spring 2020 InCHIP Lecture Series!

Timothy Caulfield, LLM, FRSC, FCAHS

Thursday, April 23, 2020

12:30 – 1:30pm

Alumni Center Great Hall, Storrs Campus

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Topic: Science Miscommunication

Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of science and health policy issues has allowed him to publish over 350 academic articles. He has won numerous academic and writing awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He contributes frequently to the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015). His most recent book is The Vaccination Picture (Penguin, 2017). Caulfield is also the host and co-producer of the award winning documentary TV show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, which has been shown in over 60 countries and is currently streaming on Netflix.

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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.

Qualitative Research Methods Workshop: Building Your Qualitative Toolbox

Flyer for Qualitative Research Methods Workshop

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!

Lucy Finkelstein-Fox is the First Recipient of the Fisher Fellowship

Photo of Fisher Fellowship Award Ceremony
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.

InCHIP Virtual Meet n’ Greet: UConn Brain Imaging Research Center

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.