Announcements

InCHIP Virtual Workshop on Holistic Health

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

Featuring:

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.

When:

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Where:

WebEx. Information sent following registration.

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InCHIP Lecture Series: Tiffany M. Powell-Wiley

Tiffany M. Powell-Wiley, MD, MPH, National Institutes of Health

Thursday, February 25, 2021

12:30 – 1:30 PM

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Live webcast and post-lecture Q&A with the speaker. 

“Biobehavioral Approaches to Address Cardiovascular Health Disparities”

Tiffany Powell-Wiley MD, MPH is an Earl Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator at the National Institutes of Health with a joint appointment in the Cardiovascular Branch of the Division of Intramural Research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. From 2011 to 2017, Dr. Powell-Wiley was an Assistant Clinical Investigator at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. From 2011-2014, she had a joint appointment in the Office of the Associate Director of the Applied Research Program of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Powell-Wiley is chief of the Social Determinants of Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk Laboratory, which is currently focused on three main research goals as they work to improve cardiometabolic health in high-risk communities in Washington, D.C. Their first goal is to delineate mechanisms by which neighborhood environment influences the development of obesity, diabetes, and other markers of cardiometabolic risk. Their second goal is to identify methods for incorporating mobile health technology to address behaviors associated with poor cardiometabolic health in resource-limited environments. The research group’s final goal is to identify and characterize physiologic pathways influenced by the chronic stress that comes from living in adverse neighborhood conditions, ultimately elucidating pathways linked to cardiometabolic risk phenotypes and most responsive to targeted health behavior interventions. This research program is designed to leverage community-based participatory research principles, epidemiologic methods, and translational approaches to harness emerging technologies in improving the cardiometabolic health of at-risk, underserved communities most impacted by health disparities.
Dr. Powell-Wiley graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During medical school, she spent a year at the NIH as a research fellow in the Clinical Research Training Program. Dr. Powell-Wiley graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and completed her Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Powell-Wiley completed internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and cardiology fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Powell-Wiley served two years as a clinical research fellow in the Reynolds Cardiovascular Research Center at UTSW. Dr. Powell-Wiley also served for one year as the Cardiology division’s first chief fellow. The Social Determinants of Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk Laboratory website.

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 2020-2021 Lecture Page.

InCHIP Lecture Series: Lisa Bowleg

Lisa Bowleg, M.A., Ph.D., The George Washington University

March 25, 2021

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Live webcast and post-lecture Q&A with the speaker. 

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“As A Black Man, I Got 99 Problems and I Sure Ain’t Thinking About HIV at the End of the Day”: Conceptualizing Stress and Resilience Intersectionally and Critically

Lisa Bowleg, Ph.D. is Professor of Applied Social Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at The George Washington University (GW), Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the DC-Center for AIDS Research, and the Founding Director of the Intersectionality Training Institute at GW. She is a leading scholar of the application of intersectionality to social and behavioral science research, as well as research focused on HIV prevention and sexuality in Black communities. Her mixed methods research focuses on: (1) the effects of social-structural context, masculinity, and resilience on Black men’s sexual HIV risk and protective behaviors; and (2) intersectionality, stress, and resilience among Black lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. She has served as a principal investigator of four NIH-funded R01 studies. Her current projects include: (1) Strengths and Stressors, a NIDA-funded R01 to examine intersectional stress, substance use, co-occurring negative health outcomes, and protective factors among Black men at different intersections of sexual identity and socioeconomic position; (2) a NIDA-funded administrative supplement to Strengths and Stressors, designed to recruit and specifically focus on the experiences of Black bisexual men; and (3) PRISM, a NIMH-funded R21 to develop measures of multilevel intersectional stigma for Black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Washington, DC and Jackson, MS; and (4) the WK Kellogg Foundation-funded Intersectionality Toolkit Project to develop an Intersectionality Checklist, case studies and implementation manual to inform U.S. maternal and child health policy. She is an associate editor of AJPH and the editor of the Perspectives from the Social Sciences section of AJPH. In 2014, the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Psychology and AIDS awarded her its Psychology and AIDS Distinguished Leadership Award.

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 2020-2021 Lecture Page.

InCHIP Lecture Series: Kristen Jozkowski

In Recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month:

Kristen Jozkowski, PhD

Thursday, April 8, 2021

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 2020-2021 Lecture Page.

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 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.

InCHIP-CHCACT Virtual Meet n’ Greet Video Available & Seed Grant Reminder

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.