Current Scholars

2018 to 2019

Carrie-Ellen Briere

Assistant Professor
College of Nursing

Project Title:  Investigation of Bioactive Components of Human Milk to Protect and Promote Breastfeeding and Infant Health

While the nutrition and immunity aspects of human milk are well recognized, recent scientific advances have identified millions of cells and...

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413-545-5015

Elizabeth Evans

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Promotion and Policy | School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Project Title: Engaging Patients with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain in Use of Complementary and Integrative Healthcare (CIH) as an Alternative to Opioids

Complementary and integrative health (CIH) therapies (e.g., meditation, yoga, acupuncture, others) offer a non-...

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413-545-4434

Chrystal A. George Mwangi

Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration | College of Education

Project Title: Family & Community Engagement Among College Students of Color in STEM

While family is deemed to play a critical role in STEM access and success for students in K-12 education, there is limited literature on family engagement in college. Building...

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413-545-0747

Justin Gross

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Project Title: From Inter-Annotator Agreement to Explained Variation: Content Analytic Coding That Allows Interpretive Flexibility

Researchers typically insist upon high inter-coder reliability (ICR) for content analysis conducted by teams of media annotators, but...
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Lawrence King

Professor
Department of Economics | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Project Title: Financialization and the Pharmaceutical Crisis 

There is general agreement that society is currently affected by multiple and profoundly consequential crises connected to pharmaceuticals. There is less consensus on the causes of these crises. Dr. King...
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413-577-1605

Kathryne Young

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Project Title: Masculinity, Balance, and Compensation: A New Theory of Gender Performance  

Professor Young's theoretical work has extended theories of gender that identify "masculine overcompensation," recognizing "masculine undercompensation" as a strategy for...

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2017 to 2018

Joseph Bergan

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (College of Natural Sciences)

Synaptic Foundations of Sexually Dimorphic Circuit Architecture

Social interactions are dynamic processes that depend on the individuals involved (for example: parent or child) and often differ between individual animals. Social behaviors are often sexually dimorphic and...

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David A. Cort

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)

HIV Stigma Beliefs and Precautionary Sexual Behaviors in Southern Africa

To date, Dr. Cort’s research has examined the socioeconomic incorporation of immigrant groups such as Hispanics and undocumented immigrants. He will use the ISSR residency to further a new line of...
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Peter M. Haas

Professor
Department of Political Science (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Global Sustainability Through Issue Coupling

Global issues tend to be governed in isolation from one another.  Yet we know that many issues are interconnected, and that their effective and sustainable governance requires attention to externalities experienced elsewhere in...

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Elizabeth A. Henneman

Associate Professor
College of Nursing

A Novel Approach for Managing Unpreventable Interruptions During the Medication Administration Process

Strategies are needed to decrease the negative effects of interruptions in the healthcare workplace. In this proposal, we seek to evaluate a training program for managing...

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Jason M. Kamilar

Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)

How is Sociality and Group Structure Related to Kinda Baboon Microbiome Diversity?

We need a broader context to understand the evolution of the human microbiome (i.e. the bacteria and other micro-organisms found on and in the body), especially with regard to the effects of...

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John Kingston

Professor
Department of Linguistics (College of Humanities and Fine Arts)

The Intensity Puzzle

Because speech sounds nearly always occur in the context of other speech sounds, each one's acoustics and perception varies as function of what speech sounds occur next to it. The size of the perceptual effects of neighboring speech sounds on that...

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2014 to 2015

Naomi Gerstel

Distinguished University Professor and ISSR Scholar Mentor
Department of Sociology

Naomi Gerstel is Distinguished University Professor and professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. With Dr. Mary Fechner (Office of Research and Development), Gerstel serves as Mentor to the ISSR Scholars. Gerstel’s research and courses focus on family, carework, job...

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2013 to 2014

Mary Fechner

Proposal Development Specialist and ISSR Scholars Co-Facilitator
Office of Research Development

Mary Fechner is the Proposal Development Specialist for the Office of Research Development at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Fechner also co-facilitates the ISSR Scholars program, togteher with Dr. Naomi Gerstel (Sociology). She supports faculty in proposal development and...

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