2015-2016 ISSR Scholars Named

The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 Scholars, who represent four colleges and six departments across the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus.

ISSR Scholars participate in a year-long seminar that helps each of them develop a strong research grant proposal. In addition to attending in-depth sessions on grant writing and receiving valuable peer feedback on their proposals, ISSR Scholars are given unique opportunities to consult with nationally recognized experts about their proposals.
The mission of ISSR is to promote excellence in social science research. One of our most important goals, served by the Scholars Program, is to strengthen existing social science infrastructure on campus in order to stimulate high-quality scholarship. 

Meet our 2015-16 Scholars:

""Leda Cooks, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Communication (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)
“Putting Oral Health in Cultural and Relational Context: Narrative and Dialogue at the Caring Health Center in Springfield, MA”
Dr. Cooks will collaborate with the Oral Health Clinic at the Caring Health Center in Springfield on a project for adult patients and caregivers to engage in facilitated storytelling and drawing to better understand discomfort and difficulty in health care and treatment experiences.
""Rosemary A. Cowell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (College of Natural Sciences)
“Computational and Experimental Studies of Forgetting in Amnesia and Aging”
Dr. Cowell will expand her current research on memory and visual perception to advance understanding of the causes of memory disorders caused by brain damage, including stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, head injury, viral infection, alcoholism, or normal aging.
""Ina Ganguli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)
“The Emergence of Gender Differences in Scientific Careers: New Data and Evidence on the Role of Family, Mentors and Collaborators”
Dr. Ganguli focuses on gender differences in the labor market, and will investigate the reasons for the underrepresentation of women in academic science.
""Lauren McCarthy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science/Legal Studies (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)
“Policing the Police from the Ground Up: A Comparative Study of Grassroots Civilian Oversight Initiatives”
Dr. McCarthy researches how distrust of police affects government legitimacy and public feelings of safety. She will develop a proposal for a cross-national study of grassroots initiatives that empower citizens, particularly youth, to hold police accountable.
""Rachel Walker, Ph.D., RN, OCN, Assistant Professor of Nursing (College of Nursing)
“Thrive@Home: Randomized-Controlled Trial of a Biobehavioral-Environmental Approach to Promote
Activity and Reduce Symptom Interference during Breast Cancer Survivorship”
Dr. Walker investigates solutions for promoting the health and dignity of vulnerable and aging people with cancer and other serious illnesses. She will develop an intervention (Thrive@Home) designed to promote activity and reduce symptom interference post-breast cancer treatment.
""Seon Yeong Yu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies (College of Education)
“Supporting Families to Promote Young Children’s Positive Attitudes towards Peers with Disabilities”
Dr. Yu will research the role parents and caregivers play in supporting children’s attitudes toward peers with disabilities.