Funded InCHIP Rapid Response Proposals to Address COVID-19


In March 2020, the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) invited research proposals that address the social and behavioral implications of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). With no vaccine available, institutions and governments had to address 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 had 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 provided several research teams with rapid release funds to capture/analyze time-sensitive data.

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 (Public Health Sciences) and Toan Ha (University of Pittsburgh). “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 GrantUConn Doctoral Dissertation FellowshipUConn 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 AffairsCLASSchool of Fine ArtsSchool of Social WorkAsian and Asian American Studies InstituteCenter for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish LifeHuman Rights InstituteHumanities InstituteEl InstitutoResearch Program on Global Health & Human Rights at HRIDepartment of AnthropologyDepartment of History