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My current research examines the impact of non-traditional mobile banking and microfinance on financial inclusion in Ghana. The research involves the use of quantitative surveys, focus groups, and one-on-one interview data collected over the summer of 2017.
I am evaluating the parental practices that support positive eating behaviors during independent eating occassions of early adolescent children with a multi-site team. In a pending study,
I am examining barriers to healthy weight management among women of childbearing age in Ghana.
My current research projects are:
1) socioeconomic factors and attitudes in mobile money adoption and use in African countries.
2) socioeconomic disparities in the relationship between mental health and financial conditions.
3) student loan burden and financial well-being.
My research interests are focused on secondary trauma in helping professionals working with at-risk and mariginalized populations. I am currently investigating experiences of Cambodian therapists in Cambodia. Additional interests include formation and maintenance of trauma across individuals, families, and communities; re-integration of chronically homeless popualtions into housing and social communities; and uses of language switching when working with mulitlingual families in family therapy.
Open Science Collaboration, the Reproducibility Project- Replicating psychological research.
Characteristics of same-gender relationships in longer-term dyads: A phenomenological study.
Danielle is currently working as the LIFE Lab Coordinator under the supervision of Dr. Denise Lewis. She is assisting with the Cambodian and Laotian Community Resilience and Strengths Project.
I am currently leading or co-leading two applied research projects. The Healthy Child Care Georgia project, with Foods and Nutrition Assistant Professor Caree Cotwright, evaluates the effectiveness of a policy, systems, and environment approach, combined with direct nutrition education, to change the nutrition and physical activity environments and practices of early childhood programs in Clarke County, Georgia. We are currently working with Head Start, PreK, and Preschool Special Education teachers in the Clarke County School district to make policy changes related to nutrition and physical activity, and to incorporate a 6-week developmentally appropriate curriculum on nutrition and physical activity into their classroom curriculum for young children. This project is funded with UGA SNAP-Ed funding.
A second applied research project, conducted with undergraduate and graduate student assistants, is evaluating the effectiveness of Better Brains for Babies training in preparing Early Head Start home visitors and family education literacy specialists to teach brain development to families. This project is taking place in collaboration with the Clarke County Office of Early Learning.
Topic: Study of Micro Algae-Synthesized Biodegradable Polyesters (Polyhydroxyalkanoates)
Polyhydroxyalkanoates are a family of linear biodegradable thermoplastic polyesters that are usually synthesized in nature by bacterial fermentation. In the current study the Acetyl –CoA pathway that is responsible for production of PHAs, is proposed to be explored in selected microalgal species for inducing production of Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB). The extracted microalgal PHB will be studied for it physicochemical characteristics and applied in the biomedical-textiles field.
Effectiveness of the Extension model to enhance knowledge and facilitate healthy behavior change across the lifespan.
Dissertation project: Psychological Constructs, Measures of Adiposity and Weight Loss Following Intervention in Older Women
My current research focuses on early obesity prevention, including ongoing pilot work focused on early infant feeding and rapid weight gain. The project seeks to assess how early infant feeding mode (breastfeeding vs. bottle feeeding) affects changes in infant growth over the first 16 weeks postpartum. This research also seeks to examine gestational weight gain, and how infant feeding methods are related to postpartum weight loss, infant growth and body composition.
My research focuses on how marginalized populations, specifically individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/gender non-conforming (LGBT) negotiate formal and informal care options in late life. My dissertation, “Generativity Among LGBT Older Adults” is designed to qualitatively explore the meaning of generativity within the context of historical, individual, familial, and relational cultures. By addressing the cultural context of social influences I anticipate being able to discern the individuality that constitutes the LGBT older adutl population.
My current research interests are focused on the impact of social influences mediated by social media technologies on consumer behavior and decision-making. Ongoing research projects include multiple environments of social commerce, influences of gender signals, the sharing economy, purchasing behavior impacted by consumer identity and engagement with television characters, social media impacts on transactive memory.
I am interested in research issues related to consumers and their mortgage situation. While I am interested in how these decisions impact the individual household, my research also focuses on the impacts of how these housing decisions affect the neighborhoods and communities as well. Aside from those situatons involving the mortgage itself, my research also examines the impacts that community decisions and actions have on area homeowners as well, specifically issues such as mortgage fraud, residential infill design, and quality of housing counseling services. Concerning the rental housing stock, my research also examines issues pertaining to the property management aspect of apartment communities.
I am currently Principal Investigator of the Dallas Preschool Readiness Project (DPReP) funded by NICHD which explores the contextual, cultural, and family factors contributing to the development of self-regulation in low income African American and Latino preschoolers and how these processes facilitate school readiness in these children. The study includes over 400 children and their families followed over four waves of data collection (age 2.5 years, age 3.5 years, kindergarten, and first grade) so far. Measures include a comprehensive set of assessments of child functioning and family context including repeated measures of child self-regulation/executive function, video-recorded mother-child and father-child interaction, and child academic achievement. I am also Principal Investigator of an NICHD-funded study utilizing video-recorded mother-child interaction data from DPReP to examine the quality of the communication foundation among the Spanish-speaking children and mothers in the DPReP sample in relation to language development and early academic achievement. This project is being conducted in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Texas at Dallas, Georgia State University, Temple University, the University of Delaware, New York University, and the University of Washington. Recently, DPReP has been funded for another five years to follow our participating families as the study children move from…
Yasemin Cava-Tadik is a doctoral student and a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) at the University of Georgia, earning her degree in human development and family science (HDFS). She is passionate about family relationships among immigrants, cross-cultural issues, father involvement and marital quality. She received her M.S. from the University of Cincinnati in Educational Psychology and her B.A in psychology in Turkey.
My current research in progress includes: Measuring the value of financial advice across the different stages of the financial planning process; examining factors that are associated with greater financial resiliency among households recovering from an adverse financial event; and determining the association between household financial decision making and their food insecurity as well as food purchase behavior.
My research lab is currently examining the metabolic and endocrine responses to high-fat meals or diets of varying fatty acid composition in normal weight and obese women. We are particularly interested in fat metabolism and hunger and satiety hormone responses to these meals or diets.
Healthy Child Care Georgia
Healthy Child Care Georgia (HCCG) is a pilot study supported by the USDA SNAP-Ed Program. HCCG tested the feasibility of using policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) approaches combined with direct classroom education for obesity prevention in the child care setting. While PSE approaches have delivered promising results in the child care setting, limited studies have combined both PSE approaches and with direct classroom education to promote change for obesity prevention. The HCCG study has four specific aims: 1) Increase ECE providers’ knowledge of wellness best practices for obesity prevention in early childhood; 2) Assess current status of wellness best practice implementation of ECE programs; 3) Create an action plan for the adoption at least one new wellness best practice in ECE program; and 4) Implement a six week intervention, Eat Healthy Be Active, to increase the quality and quantity of nutrition and physical activity education for children in ECE programs. Implementation of these policies and best practices in each ECE program has the potential to affect hundreds of SNAP-Ed eligible parents and their children.
Results from our formative work showed improvements in the implementation of nutrition and physical activity policies for participating child care programs as…
I am currently working with a database that includes various data from college seniors: results (pre- and post) from a financial literacy knowledge test, data from the students' credit reports, and the results of various personality tests as well as financial stress tests. I'm working with several undergraduate research students (and would like to add a graduate student to the team) to develop research questions, analyze data, and write manuscripts this year. We have a second database that includes various data from college freshmen, focusing on what they recall about high school personal finance education.
Current research projects include:
I am currently examining the role of partner emotional expression on marital interactions. I am also involved in examining the impact of relationship and sex education programming on at-risk youth.
The majority of my research on housing and relocation uses the theoretical models of Person-Environment Fit and the Push-Pull model of relocation.
(P–E fit) is defined as the degree to which individual and environmental characteristics match.
The key findings from my recent studies are older women whose expectations of relocation were incongruent with their relocation experiences were more “withdrawn” six months after the move and were at greater risk of not acclimating socially within the community (Ewen, 2006; Ewen & Chahal, 2013). Second, the majority of women did not anticipate resident deaths within the community, which resulted in increased physiological stress reactivity (measured via salivary cortisol) and increased dissatisfaction with the facility management (manuscript in process; [Ewen, 2009]). Collaborations with a colleague on bereavement and disenfranchised grief supported my findings on subsequent negative outcomes (Anderson & Ewen, 2011; Anderson, Ewen, & Miles, 2010). Perceptions of relocation as a stressor varied among women and the acclimation process was influenced by events within the facility and in family relationships outside of the facility (Ewen & Kinney, 2013). Third, a significant proportion of women relocated to be nearer a family member who needed care. As such, supportive housing and…
I currently collaborate with several faculty members on research projects regarding the influence of emotions on the effectiveness of financial education, teaching large classes using interactive technology, as well as topics such as consumer's needs of financial professional help, information search, personlaity types and bequest motive, and financial satisfaction.
I am researching on the bioprotective influence of green tea on early childhood traumatic brain injury using pig model.
My research is currently focused on the role of cephalic phase response triggered by specific mouth rinses in endurance trained athletes.
I am currently looking at the effects of Zinc status on the expression of certain genes in the human genome. Specifically I am looking at associations between Zinc-activated transcription factors, miRNAs, and development pathways (osteogenic, inflammation).
I am the director of the Couple and Relationship Enrichment (CARE) Laboratory. Also, I direct the Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education (HMRE) project funded by an $8.2 million grant from the Administration for Children and Families. This five-year, multi-disciplinary, campus-community partnership project involves the implementation and evaluation of research-based services designed to improve healthy marriage and relationship skills and promote economic stability for nearly 1,500 families in a 13-county, mostly rural, region in northeast Georgia. I am also in the process of evaluating the impact of a new program, ELEVATE, on foster parent couples. To learn more about my active research projects, visit http://www.fcs.uga.edu/hdfs/care-lab
I continue to work on the influence of gender role attitudes on the development of romantic relationships among rural youth. I will expand this line of inquiry by considering parental occupations and close relationships.
Additionally, my research includes pedagogical issues in teaching human developmen and family sciences, particularly concerning student engagement, formative assessment, and project based learning.
I am currently invovled in three primary research projects. First, using a primary dataset, I'm investigating the implications of the fiduciary standard on the investment advice process. Second, I'm developing a research proposal (and associated grant proposal) to examine the effectiveness of different theoretically-based financial counseling intervention models. Third, I recently co-authored a grant proposal to develop and implement evaluation for the financial education programming in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy.
My current research pertains to the following areas:
1. Built environment and its influence on elderly housing and healthcare.
2. Built environments and cultural symbolism and expression
3. Influence that stress may have on the creative process and student learning
4. Creativity and collaborative teams
My teaching and scholarship focuses on examining family interactions, improving family functioning, coupled interactions, and strengthening couples as well as the methods for training others for service delivery with couples and families. I use qualitative and mixed methods designs in my scholarship of pedagogy, ethical decision-making, community engagement, couple/family intervention, and community-based interventions that encompass overall health, nutrition, mindfulness, and mental health. I conduct evaluation research on both the processes and outcomes of community based trainings, organizations, and community based intervention programs directed toward improving mental health outcomes, overall wellness, and intimate relationships.
Jenissa is a second year MS/DI student working with Dr. Giraudo on the Youth Obesity Undergraduate Research and Extension Fellowship. The YOURE Fellowship was devised to provide research opportunities and experiences to selected participants in partnership with Georgia's 4-H Youth Development Program. The study will evaluate an alternative research experience set in a nontraditional site, summer camp.
R01 GM121551 NIH/NIGMS Defining the Genetic Architecture of the Glutathione Redox System
My students and I are currently working on projects related to financial risk tolerance assessment. A seperate line of research involves the clinical evaluation of financial planning practice standards and models.
My current research examines women's fashions during the 20th century and focuses on body exposure and college dress and fashion.
For information regarding the current research, please refer to the http://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/research-bioactive-compounds-and-health-park-lab.
My current research is developed around bicultural meanings and processes of social justice in New Zealand's mental health discourse. This project is being carried out at the Family Centre in Lower Hutt, New Zealand and is funded through a Fulbright US Graduate Student award. While at the Family Centre I am working under the supervision of Charles Waldegrave the head of the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit and one of the founders of the Just Therapy approach. I am also working under the advisement of Dr. Chris Cunningham the Director of the Research Centre for Maori Health & Development at Massey University.
I am currently engaged in two ongoing projects focused on the political partcipation of family therapists, and the cultural identity and stigmatization of Cambodian therapists.
I work with the HMRE Team as part of the Discovering Money Solutions coaching staff.
I am currently a Graduate Research Assistant in the CARE (Couples and Relationship Enrichment) Laboratory and second year doctoral student.
In collaboration with Dr. Wickrama, I am examining how marital committment influences spouses' eating and exercise behaviors. Also, in collaboration with Dr. Futris, I am examining the couple and coparenting experiences of foster parents.
My research addresses the public health need to prevent substance use and high-risk sexual behavior among African American youth, particularly those residing in resource-poor rural Southern environments. This research program involves identifying individual, family, and community factors that protect young people from high risk behavior and translating these findings into efficacious, ecologically appropriate interventions.Currently, I am collecting data on 500 rural African American young men as part of a prospective, 5 year study. This study will evaluate men’s romantic and sexual relationship patterns, how these patterns affect sexual risk behavior and family formation, and the intrapersonal and contextual factors that affect relationship development.My job is not only to conduct etiological research but also to translate these findings into programs that can achieve public health impact. I have contributed to the development of a suite of three, developmentally appropriate, family-centered interventions to prevent youth risk behavior.I recently began a project, funded by NIAAA that compares the effects of a series of developmentally timed “inoculations” of family centered prevention programming on youth alcohol use in comparison to single inoculations in early or mid-adolescence or no inoculations.
Assessing instructional methods through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning perspective in Human Sexuality across the Lifespan.
Since I joined the University of Georgia (UGA), I have developed the Georgia Advanced Performance Outcomes Measures Project (GA Advanced POMP) which is the first study to test the feasibility of innovative research methods to improve program evaluation as part of administrative processes based on the partnership between GA Aging Services Network and UGA. I have been leading the Georgia CAFE (Community Advocacy to Access Food Stamps for the Elderly and Disabled) project since 2011, the first-ever SNAP application assistance model in Georgia to enhance coordination, access, and participation in SNAP for low-income older Georgians based on collaborations among the UGA, the Georgia Legal Services Program, and Georgia Division of Family and Children Services in around 30 urban and rural counties in Georgia. I have also established the UGA SNAP-Ed project, which provides an innovative, multi-level nutrition education and obesity prevention intervention to SNAP-Ed eligible adult Georgian population using existing/augmented network and practice of the UGA Cooperative Extension Services (CES) since 2013.
Influence of whole food (blueberry) consumption on high fat diet-induced inflammation and insulin resistance.
Potential beneficial effect of probiotic encapsulation on GI distal delivery, systemic inflammation and weight gain.
My current research focuses on aging issues relevant to marginalized populations and on household production of health in elder-headed households. I conduct this research with Southeast Asian refugee families in the United States and with impoverished families in Cambodia.
My current research focuses on consumer behavior and mobile applications within the fashion industry.
My current research program focuses on the supply chain members and how they work and relate to each other within an apparel organization. I believe in investigating the human dynamics of supply chain members working in the global apparel supply chain. The clothing and textile industry has been characterized a hyper-dynamic with high competition over scarce resource in a turbulent environment. This creates a very stressful and tense work environment for supply chain members. Because of the hyper-dynamic environment, organizations may lack the time or resources for offering career development and management training for employees. I believe in a mixed methods approach to research people and the apparel supply chain with linking quantifiable numbers to enriched statements, which have to potential to impact human resource departments and academic units.
My ongoing research interests focus on the construction and expression of cultural identity through dress, gender and the politics of dress, fashion and empowerment, fashion peripheries, and fashion and sustainability. My current project is co-editing a book titled Dress and Empowerment for Bloomsbury Publishing.
Past research includes the relationship between music, dance and dress in the Caribbean. This includes during the celebration known as Carnival.
I am currently resarching conductive natural fibers, nanomaterials, novel spinning techniques, and synthetic tissue scaffolds.
Morrissey Stahl will defend her dissertation in October of 2017. Her work involved interviewing older adult women about their experiences of sexuality as they age.
I am currently working with Dr. Margaret Caughy and her team on the Dallas Preschool Readiness Project (DPReP). With funding from NICHD, the project has been extended to collect data on over 400 low-income African American and Latino children and families during the child's transition into middle school. Through examination of the individual characteristics of the child, parenting behaviors, neighborhood and other contextual factors, the project seeks to understand factors that enhance the academic achievement and behavioral management for these youth.
1. PUFA-mediated PPARδ activation and its impact on metabolic function.
2. Epigenetic alterations of metabolic pathways though active DNA demethylation.
3. Adaptation of the small intestine to high-fat diets and its impact on satiety hormone production.
Our current research projects include:
R01 GM121551 NIH/NIGMS Defining the Genetic Architecture of the Glutathione Redox System; Role: Principal Investigator.
R56 AG053309 NIH/NIA A Systems Approach to GDF11 and its Effects on Cardiac Hypertrophy; Role: Principal Investigator.
Currently I am researching the practice of mindfulness and its effects on interpersonal relationship quality. Also, I am assisting with a project that is evaluating the effectiveness of GAPREP, a relationship and sexual education program for adolescents.
Sakada is currently working in LIFE Lab under the supervision of Dr. Denise Lewis. He is helping with the Cambodian and Laotian Community Resilience and Strength Project.
My research currently examines the metabolic and satiety hormone responses to high fat diets of varying fatty acid composition in healthy men.
Masters Research Project: Influence of exercise training with resveratrol supplementation on skeletal muscle mitochondrial capacity
I am currently working on two research studies relating to sibling relationships when one member of the sibling dyad has an intellectual or developmental disability. My first study is an exploration of Black adult siblings of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their perceptions of themselves as siblings and their experiences with race. The second, my dissertation, is a multicase analysis exploring the individual, family, and cultural experiences relating the gender, race, and dis/ability in Black women's sibling relationships.
Previously, I have explored the association between the sibling relationship and maternal stress, as well as how race/culture intersects with the presence of a disability within those relationships.
Recently, I developed collaborations with well-funded, senior faculty in Medicine and Nursing at Emory University and the UGA/AU Medical Partnership to carry out clinical research in advanced heart failure patients, using the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance infrastructure.
My current research is evaluating the implementation of a statewide Extension program, Cooking for a Lifetime of Cancer Prevention Cooking School, which promotes the importance of cancer screenings and nutrition/lifestyle choices for cancer prevention.
Currently I am studying subcultural retail history in the United States from multiple angles including the consumer's experience, the retailer's perspective, the retail space as related to niche identitiy and community development, and the relationship of subcuture to the concept of the fashion cycle. I am also working on an extensive archival project about the history of the uniforms (costumes) of the record label Motown in the 1960s-70s, and additionally I am engaged in a collaborative project on conections of feminist writings of the 1950s-70s with appearance.
Qualitative analysis of pilot obesity prevention curriculum for Georgia SNAP recipients.
Over the past 25 years I have worked on local and national large-scale projects designed to promote positive parenting, and youth development. I have worked with programs across the country to deliver support and skills to families of children and adolescents. Currently, I am involved in a randomized trial designed to foster quality, support, appropriate structure, engagement, and youth agency in 75 community-based afterschool settings in Pennsylvania and Georgia. We are also testing technological approaches to supporting broad-based implementation of evidence-based practices.
I am currently conducting research on suicidal behaviors in low income countries, culturally sensitive practise by marriage and family therapists and the ecological resilience within refugee communities.
My focus is on evaluating the efficacy of Child Life services on patient and family coping during chronic and acute illness as well as patient death. This information is used to develop resources for Certified Child Life Specialists in clinical practice as well as students preparing for certification.
I work in Dr. Jung Sun Lee's Community Nutrition lab as the Assistant Nutrition Education on the UGA SNAP Ed program. I have developed an eLearning nutrition education program using a multidicipinary approach including eLearning design experts, marketing professionals, videography experts, and extensive technical support. The program, titled Food eTalk, is tailored to the specific needs of low-income Georgian adults, with a mobile (smartphone) based approach. Access to Food eTalk is available at www.foodtalk.org under the "LEARN ONLINE" tab. My research is funded by USDA SNAP-Ed and RNECE-South.
The Great Recession and Risky Asset Allocation in Household Portfolios: Evidence from a National Study
This study examines the association between the use of financial planners through the period of Great Recession and changes in risky asset allocations within household investment portfolios during this period
Change in Financial Assets of Households Following the Great Recession and the Role of Financial Planning
This study focuses on studying the relationship between continuous use of financial planners during the Great Recession and the changes in household financial assets following the Great Recession.
Does Prosocial Motivation Influence Student Engagement with Clients? Findings from a Financial Planning Service Learning Program
Prosocial motivation is an individual characteristic which motivates certain individuals to make a contribution to society through public service and community building endeavors. This pilot study explored the dynamic interaction between prosocial motivation, self-efficacy, and client engagement over the course of a 10-week service learning project in financial planning. Undergraduate and graduate students in accounting and financial planning who participated in the pilot study completed weekly surveys assessing their prosocial motivation, and copies of their letters to clients were analyzed.
I am currently working on Child feeding and body composition (Overweight/Obesity) among pre- schoolers in Georgia, U.S.A.
My research involves motivating and coaching the teachers who are using the HCCG program to become healthy role models for their students.
I study the impact of SNAP benefit receipt and utilization on food-purchasing practices, dietary intake, and food insecurity of low-income older adults.
I am currently researching the impact of behaviors and financial knowledge on financial satisfaction across income levels.I am also looking at types of financial knowledge; the objective or numeracy type of knowledge and subjective, or the way we feel about our financial competence. It seems that there might be differences in the ways that these types of knowledge affect financial behaviors and financial well-being.
I am currently part of a multi-state research project "Behavioral Economics and Financial Decision-Making and Information Management across the Lifespan" where we are conducting focus groups and online experiments to investigate student loan decision making. I am also evaluating Turning the Tide on Poverty, a project implemented in several states to encourage civic engagement and grass-roots problem solving of community issues in rural, poverty-striken areas.