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Methodology Consultation Staff

Holly Laws

Director, CRF Methodology Program
Lecturer, Psychological and Brain Sciences

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Dr. Laws joined the CRF Methodology Program as Co-Director in Fall 2017. Formerly an Associate Research Scientist in Yale University's Psychiatry Department, Dr. Laws also serves as a research psychologist in the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Her research focuses on using novel statistical methodologies to examine processes within close relationships implicated in mental and physical health. She has conducted multiple methodological workshops on the topic of multilevel modeling, including longitudinal, dyadic and daily diary applications. She received a Career Development Award from the VA's Rehabilitation Research and Development service, a study using dyadic methodology to examine and compare associations between relationship quality and well-being in male and female veterans and their relationship partners.

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Tobin 616

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Eleni Kapoulea

Eleni Kapoulea
Methodology Consultant

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Community Engaged Research Award

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College of Natural Sciences

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Dr. Becky Ready

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Eleni A. Kapoulea is a fourth-year Ph.D. student of clinical psychology at UMass Amherst who joined the CRF methodology team in the Spring of 2023. Her research focuses on the associations among psychosocial factors, specifically loneliness, social support, and belonging, on health, including cardiovascular disease risk factors and cognitive functioning. She also has an interest in cross-cultural neuropsychology.

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There is little knowledge about the causes of loneliness in Cambodian Americans. Cambodian Americans have high rates of trauma due to the Khmer Rouge Genocide and intergenerational conflict due to acculturative family distancing, which are risk factors for loneliness in other populations. For my dissertation project, I will conduct a mixed-methods study that will include a sample of first-generation and second-generation Cambodian Americans residing in New England. Participants will complete questionnaires on demographics, loneliness, and trauma. Next, participants will complete semi-structured interviews (approximately 8-10 participants per generational cohort) and/or focus groups (approximately 4-6 participants per group; two focus groups per cohort).  

Cambodian Americans underutilize mental health services partly due to a lack of culturally informed social services and interventions. Indeed, there is a limited behavioral health workforce trained to meet the needs of Cambodian Americans. The results of this study will produce evidence that can be used to educate clinicians about factors contributing to Cambodian Americans’ loneliness. Thus, results will help practitioners improve culturally informed services and interventions to target risks for loneliness.  

 

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Dongwei Wang

Methodology Consultant

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Dongwei joined CRF in Spring 2018 as a Methodology Consultant and also serves as a Data Manager/Analyst for Rudd Adoption Program. She graduated from University at Buffalo where she had her training in quantitative research methodology which includes ANOVA, regression, hierarchical linear modeling, survival analyses. She also has knowledge of several statistical packages, such as SPSS, HLM, R, and SAS. She will be helping clients with research design, statistical analyses as well as results interpretation using her backgrounds in research methodology and experience conducting research using large-scale data.

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