Rebecca Spencer Receives $2.64 Million from NIH for Preschooler Sleep Study

Neuroscientist Rebecca Spencer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a five-year, $2.64 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to explore, in a series of laboratory and preschool-based studies, whether mid-day napping benefits learning in young children and helps them cope with emotions.

Rosie Cowell and David Huber receive $2.36 million grant to develop a new brain research tool

Rosie Cowell and David Huber, neuroscientists in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, have been awarded a $2.36 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a mathematical model of the blood-oxygen-level dependent (BOLD) signal used in fMRI. Researchers from UC San Diego and MIT will also collaborate on the project. Funding comes as part of the BRAIN initiative, striving to create new technologies that will enhance our understanding of the human brain. This research project seeks to bridge across different scales of neurobiological mechanism.

Developmental Science Initiative Seed Grants Awarded

Congratulations to these four teams, who are the recipients of the very first Developmental Science Initiative (DSI) seed grants ($12,000 each), beginning Fall 2017. Funds are provided by PBS, CNS and university support. Administrative support is provided by the Center for Research on Families and PBS. Thank you, partners!

Aline Gubrium (Public Health) and Sally Powers (PBS Clinical and Developmental; NSB): Piloting a Community-Based Digital Storytelling Intervention to Prevent Postpartum Depression in Adolescents

Hal Grotevant honored for mentoring, inspiring student to create positive change for families

Hal Grotevant, Professor and Rudd Family Foundation Chair in Psychology at UMass, has received the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award of 2017. This award identifies educators who have encouraged former students to “create an organization which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large.” Grotevant’s former student, Julie Kohler, nominated him for the award, bringing attention to the profound effect of his mentorship.

Jessica Matthews, Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Rudd Adoption Research Program

The Rudd Adoption Research Program is excited to welcome Dr. Jessica Matthews as our Postdoctoral Research Scholar! Jessica recently completed her Ph.D. in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts where she worked with Dr. Ellen Pinderhughes. Her dissertation focused on maltreatment in adoptive homes and the legal relinquishment/removal and subsequent readoption of previously adopted children. Her general research interests concern both domestically and internationally adopted children, child foster care, ethnic-racial socialization, identity development and adoptee advocacy. We look forward to having Jessica on our team!

International Perspectives on Disability

Students attended a two-week study abroad trip to Ireland led by Ashley Woodman and Christina Metevier (Faculty in PBS) titled "International Perspectives on Disability". Students met with researchers, educators and advocates at the University College Dublin Centre for Disability Studies, Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disability, and Inclusion Ireland.