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Introducing the 2020-2021 Graduate Grant Writers Program Cohort

The Center for Research on Families is pleased to announce the 2020 cohort of the Graduate Student Grant Writing Program. The group was selected for this highly competitive program for their promising work in family research. Rebecca Spencer, Ph.D., Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, will lead the 9 month program which supports students through the development of NSF and NIH pre-doctoral fellowship proposals.

The students will receive mentoring and support from faculty, staff and peers throughout the grant development process, including the refinement and communication of their research ideas, approach, methodology and submission.

The 2020 cohort represents a wide range of disciplines and research interests, including scholars from The College of Natural Sciences and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences in the departments of Epidemiology, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Neuroscience and Behavior. To read more about the awardees and their research, click their name.

Learn more about the program here


Jennifer Carroll, Epidemiology
Mentor: Susan Sturgeon
Research Topic: Obesity, food marketing, dietary intake, and media use in preschool-aged children

Melise Edwards, Neuroscience and Behavior
Mentor: Agnes Lacreuse
Research Topic: The Role of Estrogen in Age-Related Cognitive Decline

Gorana Gonzalez, Psychological and Brain Sciences 
Mentor: Tara Mandalaywala
Research Topic: Racial Cognition, Stereotypes, and Attitudes in Racial-Ethnic Majority and Minority Children

Susan Park, Developmental Science
Mentor: Lisa Chasan-Taber 
Research Topic: Adverse Birth Outcomes Among At-Risk Hispanic Women

Lindsey Russo, Epidemiology
Mentor: Brian W. Whitcomb, Ken Kleinman
Research Topic: The Role of Physical Activity in Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Birthweight 

Elinor Waite, Psychological and Brain Sciences 
Mentor: Katherine Dixon-Gordon
Research Topic: The Role of Parental Emotion Regulation in the Development of Bipolar Personality Disorder