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CRF Congratulates the new Director of the Institute for Social Science Research

Joya Misra,  CRF Family Research Scholar ‘04-’05 and ‘13-’14, has been appointed Director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR). Dr. Misra is a professor of sociology and public policy and her research broadly focuses on social inequality and how policies can mediate inequalities and create more equitable societies. CRF looks forward to our continued collaboration with ISSR. Read more about her new appointment here.

ICPSR receives the National Medal for Museum and Library Science

The Center for Research on Families offers joint courses with the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). ICPSR is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and started in 2005. The CRF/ICPSR SUmmer Program offers various courses from Hierarchical Linear Modeling to Analyzing Longitudinal Data and using HLM and SPSS software. 

Sarah Winokur receives Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award

Sarah Winokur has been awarded the 2019 Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award. Sarah is a rising fifth year student in the UMass Amherst Behavioral Neuroscience program. Her proposal is titled, “Evaluating estradiol fluctuations across pregnancy in a rat model of postpartum depression.” Sarah won the CRF Travel Award in 2019 which helped to fund her presentation at the Annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting in San Diego. 

CRF Announces 2019-20 Student Research Awards

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Student Research Awards. CRF is committed to supporting students engaged in family research — our student researchers are addressing family challenges such as postpartum depression, government policies for recognition of indigenous people, the experience of stigmatization for emerging adults with LGBQ+ parents, and grandmothering behavior and how it impacts the health and well-being of both grandmothers and grandchildren.

Scholar Feature: Shannon Roberts (FRS '18-'19) studies the impact of socioeconomic status on teenage driving patterns

Dr. Shannon Roberts “simply loved driving” as a teenager, but when her younger brother began to drive, she realized that the information teenagers are receiving in their Driver’s Education courses was inadequate. “Driver’s Education teaches you the basic skills you need to operate a car. It doesn’t teach you the higher order skills you need to avoid a crash,” Roberts said. When she later learned that low SES teenagers face double the crash risk of middle and high SES teenagers she became interested in understanding the causes of these socioeconomic differences in teen driving behaviors, so she could develop effective interventions.

Student Feature: Melanna Cox Reflects on Her Experience in First Cohort of Student Grant Writing Program

What factors might keep girls from being as physically active as boys? Melanna Cox, a PhD student in the Kinesiology Department in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, is hoping to understand the role that “benevolent sexism” plays in the physical activity levels of adolescent girls. “Benevolent sexism is the romanticized concept that women and girls need to be protected by men because they are fragile and complimentary to men,” says Cox. Too often, girls are not encouraged by coaches or parents to push themselves or persevere when learning a new sport in comparison to boys, an approach that hinders their progress and results in girls being much less physically active than boys. 


Mark Pachucki (FRS '18-'19) Awarded UMass Amherst SBS Outstanding Teacher Award

Mark Pachucki, assistant professor of Sociology and current Family Research Scholar, has been awarded this year's UMass Amherst College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Outstanding Teacher Award. This award "celebrated exceptional teaching, mentoring, and curriculum development efforts, and their impact on students."