Current and Past Scholars

Professor, Psychology
Family Research Scholar 2003-04, 2014-2015
Steering Committee
Research:

David Arnold's research addresses how children from low socioeconomic status (SES) families are dramatically underrepresented in the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines.

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Associate Professor of Biology
Family Research Scholar 2014-2015
Research:

Gerald Downes examines cellular and molecular mechanisms that are essential for neural network function. Epilepsies are the fourth most common neurological disorder in the United States, and many forms are resistant to current treatments. As a family research scholar, Downes will be developing a proposal titled, “Using Zebrafish to Better Understand and Treat Epilepsies.” The aim of this project is to leverage the advantages of zebrafish for rapid genetic and behavioral analysis to develop new animal models of human epilepsies.

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Assistant Professor of Political Science
Research:

Tatishe Nteta focuses his research on the contradictory theories that fathers’ political viewpoints are correlated with the gender of their children.  One set of scholars has found that daughters lead fathers to support more conservative positions and to identify with the Republican Party. Others have found that men with daughters exhibit more liberal attitudes on a range of issues; indicating support for the Democratic Party. 

 

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Maconda Brown O'Connor Professor, Smith College School for Social Work
Family Research Scholar 2007- 2008, 2014-2015
Steering Committee
Research:

Marsha Kline Pruett, examines family dynamics and development with a specialization in the promotion of healthy child and family development during life transitions, particularly those transitions related to adverse events or circumstances. Her clinical research incorporates preventive interventions, consultation, program design and evaluation. 

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Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Research:

Katherine Reeves examines weight loss as a means of cancer prevention. Empirical evidence that weight loss can reduce cancer risk is lacking, in part because it is difficult to identify cohorts of adults who can lose weight and maintain the weight loss. Reeves suggests that the emergence of Bariatric surgery provides options for achieving and maintaining weight loss among morbidly obese adults.

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Associate Professor of Psychology
Family Research Scholar 2014-2015
Research:

Lisa Sanders investigates auditory selective attention, speech perception, and the ways in which selective attention supports the complex task of comprehending spoken language. Sanders will be developing a grant proposal for a project entitled “Improving Preschooler’s Ability to Predict and Comprehend Speech.” Her project will use behavioral and electrophysiological assessments of 3- to 5-year-old children’s abilities to study a language’s sound patterns to make predictions about u

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