Research Interest Groups

InCHIP has five multidisciplinary Research Interest Groups (RIGs) which are described in detail below. RIGs provide a forum for researchers from across disciplines, campuses, and the community to work collaboratively and seek funding opportunities for the purposes of conducting innovative research on specific health topics. RIG members come from community-based organizations in Connecticut, as well as many schools and departments across UConn.

If you are interested in joining any of the research interest groups, please fill out the form below:


Aging Research Interest Group (Aging RIG)
Established in Spring 2019 and currently directed by Terry Berthelot, MSW, JD.,the Aging RIG aims to facilitate conversations and projects around the impact of aging on the individual, family, and society. Its goals include developing research collaborations, cross-disciplinary engagement, and meaningful conversation with law and policy makers.
Cancer Research Interest Group (Cancer RIG)
Established in Fall 2012 and currently directed by Crystal Park, PhD, the Cancer RIG is for those interested in studying biopsychosocial issues across the entire cancer control continuum of prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end-of life. This RIG’s mission is to increase high quality, impactful cancer control research across the UConn campuses.
eHealth/mHealth Research Interest Group (EMRIG)
Established in Spring 2013 and co-led by InCHIP Associate Director Debbie Cornman, Associate Professor Debs Ghosh, and Center for mHealth and Social Media Director Sherry Pagoto, this RIG focuses on digital health research, which involves the use of mobile technologies, social media, web-based interventions, sensors, and other new technologies to assess and modify health behavior.
HIV Research Interest Group (HIV RIG)
Established in Spring of 2016 and currently under the direction of InCHIP Associate Director Debbie Cornman, this RIG’s mission is to bring together researchers who share a common interest in the treatment, prevention, and behavioral risk factors associated with HIV in order to develop multidisciplinary collaborations and ultimately impactful, cutting-edge science.
Interprofessional Healthcare Research Interest Group (IPH RIG)
Established in Fall 2016 by Associate Professor Michelle Judge, the mission of the IPH RIG is to promote research that evaluates the effects of interprofessional healthcare on patient-centered outcomes. The term “interprofessional” refers to opportunities and experiences that involve more than one profession (e.g., pharmacy and nursing), in an effort to expand collaboration and teamwork in healthcare.
The Mind-Body Health (MBH) Research Interest Group
The MBH RIG is an interdisciplinary research collective that was established five years ago (2015) with a mission of furthering education, research, clinical/practical application, and community outreach with focus on the emerging potential connections between the Mind and Body.
Obesity Research Interest Group (ORIG)
Established in 2010 and currently under the direction of Kim Gans, PhD (Professor, HDFS), Amy Gorin, PhD (Director, InCHIP, Professor, Psychological Sciences), and Marlene Schwartz, PhD (Professor, HDFS), ORIG’s mission is to bring together researchers within the greater Connecticut community who have expertise in obesity, nutrition, and physical activity to promote obesity research that translates effective behavior change programs to at-risk individuals.