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CRF supports faculty in obtaining grant funding for family research primarily through the Family Research Scholars Program. In addition, CRF offers funding opportunities through the Student Grants and Awards Program, which provides funding to students so they can work with and be mentored by UMass faculty on research projects, and which provides recognition for outstanding student research on family issues.

Gene editing therapeutics and companion diagnostics for the treatment of primary tauopathies

Principal Investigator: Amanda Woerman PhD
Amount: $190,000
Award Period:
January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023

Using Wearable Devices and Machine Learning to Forecast Preschool Tantrums and Identify Clinically Significant Variant

Principal Investigator: Adam Grabell PhD
Amount: $427,576
Award Period:
July 1, 2022 to April 30, 2024

Developmental toxicants and congenital pancreas malformations

Principal Investigator: Alicia Timme-Laragy PhD
Amount: $421,400
Award Period:
July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023

Activation of Nrf2 during embryonic development: mechanisms and consequences

Principal Investigator: Alicia Timme-Laragy PhD
Amount: $2,269,923
Award Period:
June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2027

A Daily Self-Regulation Intervention for Persons with Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias and their Spouses

Principal Investigator: Holly Laws PhD
Amount: $12,188
Award Period:
September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2025

Close Physiologic Stress and Sexual Orientation Disparities in Risk for Type 2 Diabetes among Women

Principal Investigator: Nicole Vankim PhD
Amount: $614,644
Award Period:
July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2024

Reducing Stress, Anxiety, and Depressive Symptoms Via a Family-centered Preventative Intervention for Immigrants: A Randomized Controlled Feasibility Trial

Principal Investigator: Kalpana Poudel-Tandukar PhD
Amount: $732,144
Award Period:
June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2023

Dr. Poudel-Tandukar’s research focuses on identifying socio-cultural factors that increase stress among immigrant families and developing effective community-based strategies to address these factors. During the three year grant, along with her team, she will seek to implement family-based, culturally-tailored intervention with the goal of creating and implementing strategies to positively impact the mental health of immigrants and their families as well as empowering the communities supporting them to take a leading role in this effort. 

Risk Aversion, Fear of Malpractice, and Medical Decision Making in the Emergency Department

Principal Investigator: Linda Isbell PhD
Amount: $21,897
Award Period:
September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2023