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What Can be Done to Offset the Disparities Felt by Graduate Students Due to Covid-19? Professor Linda Tropp (FRS 2009) Shares Recommendations

Graduate students in the field of psychology face unique challenges during the pandemic—not being able to carry on their research due to mandatory laboratory closures, social distancing requirements, and restrictions to in-person fieldwork. Coupling these challenges with concerns about meeting educational milestones, financial insecurity, and professional advancement opportunities, graduate students need real-time assistance and guidance from mentors and their communities. 

Division of Labor in the Household, Who is Carrying the Heavier Load? Dr. Maureen Perry-Jenkins Provides Insight

As the pandemic carries on and more people than ever are working from homes, Dr. Maureen Perry-Jenkins, CRF faculty director and associate dean graduate, post-doctoral and faculty development for the College of Natural Sciences, spoke with Desert News to look into the division of labor within households. 

Recent CRF Family Research Scholar Devon Greyson (FRS 2019) Discusses Viewpoints About Vaccines Amid Anticipated Covid-19 Vaccine

Professor of Communications Devon Greyson (FRS 2019) collaborated with researchers at the University of Toronto to predict effective means of communication to improve public attitudes around vaccines as public health figures race to get out messaging. Greyson discusses how disinformation and misinformation influence people's perspectives on health care systems and ways to create common ground based on factual information. View the video.

Economist and Former Family Research Scholar Lee Badgett (FRS 2004) Contributes to Article Discussing Pandemic's Affect on Women's Decision to Start or Expand Family

Lee Badgett (FRS 2004), professor of economics, spoke with the New York Post to discuss women's choices to delay expanding their family during the pandemic. Badgett provides insight into what factors, such as health and unstable income sources, contribute to changing family planning preferences, specifically from the perspective of the LBGTQ community.

CRF Student Scholar Receives National Institute of Health National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship

Might revisiting personal memories of strength and resiliency increase emotional well-being in older adults during times of distress? Healthy older adults report greater emotional well-being than younger adults, but the mechanisms underlying late-life emotional resiliency remain unknown. We are excited to announce that Irina Orlovsky, a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology and participant in our 2019 Graduate Grant Writers Program, has received a National Institute of Health National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship, a 3-year $117,696 grant to study this question. 

Ning Zhang (FRS 2017-2018), Assistant Professor, Public Health has received a two-year, $181,000 grant from the National Institute on Aging

Ning Zhang (FRS 2017-2018), Assistant Professor, Public Health has received a two-year, $181,000 grant from the National Institute on Aging to investigate the burdens of multi-morbidity on hospitalization and mortality in nursing home residents with obesity. Zhang’s grant proposal was developed during her time as a Family Research Scholar with our Center.

Krishna Poudel (FRS 2018-19) Named Co-Director of Institute for Global Health

Former CRF Family Research Scholar, Krishna Poudel (FRS 2018-19), has been named Co-Director of the Institute for Global Health. Dr. Poudel will work alongside the many CRF affiliated faculty who are associated with the institute in furthering the mission "to protect and promote the health of people across the globe". Of the appointment, Dr. Poudel stated "As a co-director, I will work to strengthen our strategic partnerships both within the campus and outside, and to provide opportunities for students to explore multidisciplinary issues in global health through education and engagement in global health activities". Learn more the Dr. Poudel's appointment here.

Alicia Timme-Laragy, FRS 2020-2, Named as Member of NIH Peer Review Section

Alicia Timme-Laragy, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and current Family Research Scholar, has been named as a member of NIH Cancer Etiology Study Section. The Cancer Etiology Study Section is part of the NIH's larger Oncology Basic Translational Integrated Review Group (OBT IRG), which considers applications involving basic and translational investigations that encompass cancer initiation, promotion, progression, and metastasis. Click here to learn more about this exciting new role for Dr. Timme-Laragy.

Brenda Bushouse (FRS 2006-07) Receives Grant Funding to Study the Effects of COVID-19

Brenda Bushouse (FRS 2006-07) proposal seeks to investigate the effects of COVID-19 relief programs on nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in New York City. Bushouse will work alongside recent School of Public Policy alumna Tamara Keshecki using surveys and interviews, to document arts organizations’ experiences with federal pandemic-relief programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program, including looking at which organizations took part in which programs and their experience with the process. The team will consider is factors such as an organization’s size and borough location affect their participation and will put special emphasis on the experiences of organizations led by people of color, in light of the pandemic’s disproportionate effect on that demographic.