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CRF supports interdisciplinary, scientific collaborations aimed at understanding the diversity, health and well-being of families while discovering solutions to the challenges family face.

CRF Mourns the Passing of Health Promotion and Policy Assistant Professor Louis Graham

We at the Center for Research on Families (CRF) at UMass Amherst were deeply saddened to learn that Louis Graham passed away suddenly on December 29, 2019. Louis was a former Family Research Scholar from 2016-2017, a member of our Stress Research Group, and a member of the Public Engagement Project. His research focused on understand the psychological determinants of mental and sexual health among ethnic minorities and sexually marginalized groups - including depression, anxiety, and HIV prevention among black and Latino gay and bisexual men and transgender women. He used community based participatory approached to facilitate power sharing amongst community stakeholders. Louis was committed to his work and a valued member of the communities he served. His passion, drive, and kindness will be missed. We will remember Louis for his important contributions to the field and for his advocacy. 

Brian Whitcomb Named Co-Editor of New "Methods Corner" Section of American Journal of Epidemiology

Brian Whitcomb, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at UMass Amherst and member of the CRR Stress Research Group, along with Ashley Naimi of the University of Pittsburgh, will lead a new section of the American Journal of Epidemiology (AJE) titled the “Methods Corner.” Each month it will include a brief refresher on either current methods or novel methodological applications. “I’m very excited about the Methods Corner, and to be working with a great group at AJE. The Methods Corner is a natural extension of my work here at UMass, and I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to research and education in the field,” says Whitcomb.