Announcements

InCHIP Seed Grant Letters of Intent Due April 26 & Virtual Meet ‘n’ Greet Videos Available: (1) UConn Brain Imaging Research Center & (2) Community Health Center Association of CT

The letter of intent submission deadline for two InCHIP Seed Grants is Friday, April 26. InCHIP has partnered with the UConn Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) as well as the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) to sponsor the seed grants. Both seed grants are described further below and on the InCHIP Seed Grants website.

Whether or not you are interested in applying for a seed grant, if you would like to learn more about BIRC or CHCACT and the potential for research collaborations with them, you may view video recordings about the opportunities they offer to potential UConn research partners on the InCHIP Virtual Meet ‘n’ Greet website.

FY19 InCHIP-BIRC Seed Grant
Funding Opportunity Announcement
Letters of intent due by April 26, 2019
Full proposal applications due by May 31, 2019
Description: UConn’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) and the UConn Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) are co-sponsoring a seed grant funding opportunity for faculty at UConn Storrs, UConn Health, and the regional campuses. This grant is designed to fund an innovative pilot project that will directly support an external grant application in health behavior or health policy with a substantial neuroimaging component. Health is broadly defined and includes physical and mental health and outcomes with critical implications for health. The funded pilot project must involve neuroimaging-related research that includes MRI, TMS, tDCS/tACS, and/or EEG usage at BIRC.

FY19 InCHIP-CHCACT Health Research Seed Grant
Funding Opportunity Announcement
Letters of intent due by April 26, 2019
Full proposal applications due by May 31, 2019
Description: UConn’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) is offering a pilot grant program that promotes community-engaged health research in one or more Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) with reciprocal benefit to the FQHC(s), their patients, and the participating UConn faculty. This represents a unique opportunity for an FQHC(s) and UConn faculty to partner to develop sustainable, collaborative, streamlined, and mutually beneficial efforts to identify and address critical clinical and health systems issues. InCHIP is co-sponsoring this seed grant with the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT), an organization that has connections to FQHCs across the state. InCHIP and CHCACT are finalizing a process to pair UConn researchers and FQHC collaborators. If you have not yet formalized a research collaboration with a FQHC, you are still welcome to submit a LOI. In that case, you would work with InCHIP to identify the FQHC(s) partners before submitting the full proposal application.

If you have any questions, please e-mail seedgrants@chip.uconn.edu.

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.

InCHIP Spring 2019 Series on Health and Technology

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.

InCHIP Lecture Series: Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman

In Recognition of World AIDS Day!

Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH

Thursday, November 29, 2018

12:30 – 1:30pm

Please RSVP to attend

 “Innovations in Mobile Technology for Engaging Youth in Treatment and Prevention”

 Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Infectious Diseases and Health Behavior, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Hightow-Weidman completed her medical school training at the University of Virginia and became board certified in Internal Medicine in 2001 after completing residency training at Stanford University. She completed fellowship training in Infectious Diseases and earned a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Hightow-Weidman is an expert on mhealth, social media and utilization and evaluation of technology-based interventions to address the HIV Care Continuum for youth and young adults, particularly among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). She has published >90 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. She has developed technology-based interventions to address uptake and adherence to biomedical HIV prevention technologies, as well as intervening to increase HIV diagnosis, linkage and retention in care for YMSM. She is the PI of iTech, The UNC/Emory Center for Innovative Technology Across the Prevention and Care Continuum. This grant, part of the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV Interventions (ATN), seeks to develop a technology center to address the domestic epidemic of HIV among at risk and HIV-infected youth.

Co-sponsored by:

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 2018-2019 Lecture Page.

InCHIP’s 2018 Annual Meeting Update

Thanks to all who attended the 2018 Annual Meeting!
InCHIP’s Annual Meeting was held on Friday, October 26, 2018. The meeting kicked off with new Director, Dr. Amy Gorin, who shared highlights from InCHIP’s grant portfolio, previewed upcoming events designed to spark interdisciplinary research collaborations, and announced new awards to recognize excellence in health-related research. InCHIP Associate Director Dr. Debbie Cornman shared information about exciting initiatives InCHIP is sponsoring to support interdisciplinary teams including several developments to promote equitable partnerships between UConn researchers and community partners. Dr. Rebecca Puhl, Deputy Director of UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and Professor in Human Development and Family Studies gave a fantastic keynote address on her research entitled, “An Ecological Framework for Tackling Weight Stigma.”

InCHIP’s upcoming year is packed full with world class lectures, skill building workshops, and various interdisciplinary research opportunities for UConn faculty and trainees. Below are links to handouts describing upcoming InCHIP offerings:

InCHIP Services Menu

InCHIP Faculty Mentoring Award

InCHIP-Junior-Faculty-Research-Excellence-Award

InCHIP Community-Engaged Health Research Excellence Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/30 Workshop on Converting Research to Impact: Strategies and Resources for New Ventures

mostafa lunch and learn

October 30th, 2018

Converting Research to Impact: Strategies and Resources for New Ventures

Featuring:

Mostafa Analoui, Ph.D. Executive Director of Venture Development and Technology Incubation Program (TIP) at UConn

Description:

Dr Analoui will present possible directions for researchers to engage in entrepreneurship and the commercialization of research ideas, apps, and other products. When: October 30th, 2018 at 12:30 PM. Lunch will be served.

Where:

InCHIP Colloquium Room (Room 14), J. Ray Ryan Building, UConn Storrs Campus. Directions to InCHIP

For more information and to RSVP

Upcoming HIV Research Interest Group Programming

We are pleased to announce InCHIP’s HIV Research Interest Group Programming for 2018!
Please check back frequently, additional events and programs may be forthcoming

Past Events:

 

Christopher Gordon, PhD
Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

“Spring Webinar to Discuss NIH Funding Priorities in HIV Prevention Science”
In this webinar, Christopher Gordon, Branch Chief of the Division of AIDS Research at the National Institute of Mental Health, will outline NIH’s funding priorities in HIV Prevention Science. This will include a review of current and future funding opportunities as well as identifying future trends in the world of HIV Research. The format will be composed of a 45-minute presentation with a 15-20 minute interactive Q&A session to follow.

 

William Darrow, PhD
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 1:45pm – 3:15pm

“From Patient 0 to Getting to Zero — A Brief History of the AIDS Epidemic”
With the announcement of “highly active” anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) in 1996, the focus of HIV prevention efforts and federal funding in the United States shifted from the promotion of “safer sex” and ABC (Abstinence, Be faithful, and use a Condom) messaging for behavior change to programs predicated on conceptualizations of “treatment as prevention,” “high-impact [biomedical] interventions,” and “pre-” and “post-exposure prophylaxis.” Policies and programs turned away from the community mobilization model of a “new public health” as outlined in the Ottawa Charter (1986) and implemented through “community planning” by state and local health departments in the mid-1990s towards a narrowly defined but politically more practical—and palatable—biomedical model for the 21st century. This roundtable discussion is meant to be provocative by reviewing the post-HAART history of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, plausible explanations for the more recent turn of events, and the effectiveness of HIV-prevention programs.

 

David Fiellin, M.D.
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

“Is It Harder to Change Patient or Provider Behavior?: Lessons for Addiction and HIV Research from Implementation Science”
This talk will provide an overview and introduction to Implementation Science. This will be followed by a discussion of examples of ongoing Implementation Science research studies addressing substance use in HIV clinics and untreated opioid use disorder in Emergency Departments. Finally, the talk will discuss opportunities for training, partnership and research collaboration through the New England HIV Implementation Science Network.

 

Lisa Eaton, PhD
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm

“Roundtable Discussion: Ideas for Stigma Intervention Development”
Although it is acknowledged that stigma serves as a barrier to beneficial health outcomes, there are few developed and available interventions to address stigma. At this roundtable discussion, we will review different intervention points for stigma (e.g., individual, group, community, structural) and different intervention models for delivering stigma focused content.