March 16, 2017
Three faculty from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences are among the six 2017-18 Family Research Scholars selected by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Research on Families (CRF). The CRF chooses six faculty members each year for the program based on what the organization describes as "their promising work in family-related research." The SPHHS recipients were Aline Gubrium, Associate Professor of Community Health Education, Krystal Pollitt, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, and Ning Zhang, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management.
According to the CRF's website, scholars "participate in an intensive year-long seminar that provides concrete skills for successful grant submission, peer and faculty feedback on their developing proposals, individualized methodology consultation with CRF faculty and renowned experts, and guidance on funding sources." Gubrium will be developing a project titled "Testing an Enhanced Storytelling Intervention for the Prevention of Postpartum Depression (PPD) in Adolescents." The project focuses on African-American and Latina teens who are pregnant, and will use digital storytelling techniques to give voice to participants' experiences as young mothers, with the goal of preventing PPD.
Pollitt's project, titled "Low Level Arsenic Exposure and Risk of Cardometabolic Disease in Post-Menopausal Women," will track the effects of exposure to small amounts of arsenic on women's health. An additional goal of the project is to increase understanding of chemical exposures through food products, and their impacts on women's health.
Zhang is proposing a project titled "Home-based vs. Skilled Nursing Facility Care to Reduce Recurrent Falls in Older Adults." It will research the effects of improving an unskilled caregiver's ability to take care of injured seniors in their own home. The project will also examine how an older adult's home can be altered to improve care there.