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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. 

Former CRF Family Research Scholars Named as ADVANCE Fellows

Three former Family Research Scholars have been named 2020-2021 ADVANCE Faculty Fellows. Devon Greyson (FRS 2019-20), Linda Tropp (FRS 2009-10) and Laura Vandenberg (FRS 2015-16) will join the ADVANCE Faculty Fellowship program which focuses on equity for women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, nationality, and other statuses. 

Former CRF Scholar, Tatishe Nteta FRS 2014-15, cited in WCVB article discussing MA election

Tatishe Nteta, Associate Professor, Political Science, Family Research Scholar 2014-15, director of polling at UMass Amherst, was cited in an article on WCVB detailing the polling results of the US Senate race in Massachusetts. Nteta and his team found there is a shift in voter's support of the 2020 Democratic Senate primary. Read more here.


Former CRF Scholar Paula Pietromonaco, FRS 2003-04 & 2015-16, Discusses Relationship During COVID-19 Pandemic

Paula Pietromonaco, FRS 2003-04 & 2015-16, recently contributed to an article in "American Psychologist", a journal of the American Psychological Association, discussing how existing relationship science can be applied to the current stressors placed on couples during the COVID-19 pandemic. Research shows some couples are more susceptible to adverse reactions to external factors, such as economic hardship, demanding jobs natural disasters. This research has proven useful in predicting the functionality and security of couples during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about this here.

Devon Greyson, FRS 2019-20, Warns of COVID Misinformation in Recent Research Brief

Accurate, timely information regarding the response to COVID-19 has become something we all have come to rely on when making decisions in the current climate. But how accurate is the information we are taking in?  Dr. Devon Greyson, FRS 2019-20, co-authored a brief that details how true/false and multiple-choice survey questionnaires “risk planting seeds of confusion in those unaware of the misleading information. The brief discusses how open-ended questions and the subsequent reporting can be misleading. Learn more here.

Kalpana Poudel-Tandukar (FRS 2017-18) Receives 3-year R34 Research Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health

Kalpana Poudel-Tandukar, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, has been awarded a 3-year R34 Research Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health. The grant, “Reducing Stress, Anxiety, and Depressive Symptoms Via a Family-centered Preventative Intervention for Immigrants: A Randomized Controlled Feasibility Trial”, was developed during her time as CRF Family Research Scholar. 

Paula Pietromonaco, FRS 2003-04 & 2015-16, Selected for Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Paula Pietromonaco, FRS 2003-04 & 2015-16, professor emerita of psychological and brain sciences, has been selected for the 2019 Service to the Field Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). Pietromonaco is a social psychologist whose work focuses on how people think, feel and behave in the context of their closest relationships. Her particular interest lies in how couple members influence each other’s ability to manage their emotions, and how these relationship processes are connected to emotional and physical health over time. Her current work, funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute, examines how newlywed spouses’ expectations and beliefs about relationships, together with their physiological stress reactions (e.g., cortisol reactivity and recovery) and behavior patterns when discussing disagreements, predict later risks for depression and anxiety. The award recognizes distinguished efforts by individuals to benefit the field of social and personality psychology generally.

Nilanjana Buju Dasgupta FRS 2006-07, 2012-13 Leads the Helm at New Leadership Academy for students of color and women

Nilanjana Buju Dasgupta, FRS 2006-07, 2012-13, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Director of Faculty Equity and Inclusion, College of Natural Sciences, has been tapped to lead a new initiative promoting career development for students of color and women who are interested in careers in technology and engineering. The Leadership Academy will work in partnership with several Massachusetts colleges and universities as well as technology and engineering firms to provide students with expert guidance to develop professional leadership skills.