Research Interest Groups

InCHIP has eight 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 purpose 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.
Gun Violence Prevention Research Interest Group
The GVP-RIG connects scholars and advocates with interests in understanding the correlates, causes, and solutions for firearm violence in America. Our mission is to seek solutions to reduce all forms of gun violence (such as suicide, community gun violence, mass shootings, accidental shootings, gun violence related to intimate partner violence, officer-involved shootings) and to better understand how solutions may or may not vary based on the setting (e.g., home, community, school, urban/suburban/rural areas). We connect scholars with each other and with resources to enhance the quality and scope of our research. Reducing gun violence in America is an urgent public health crisis that will require our collective expertise.
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.