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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.
As part of the Innovative Passive Dietary Monitoring System Project, I will be conducting both formative and validation studies using various passive technologies for dietary assessemnt in both rural and urban Ghana.
I am part of a research team conducting a qualitative study examining the use of cultural brokers by marriage and family therapists engaged in cross-cultural work. I am focusing specifically on the importance of clinicians demonstrating cultural humility in the therapist-client relationship. Additionally, I am engaged in a quantitative research project exploring the distinctive concepts of marital commitment vs. marital satisfaction in African American marriages and the impact of religiosity and/or spirituality.
I am very interested in the impact of mobile finance (transfers as well as payments) particularly mobile money through non-bank providers in African countries. This is mostly from the point of view of consumer empowerment in using mobile technology for financial access and transactions.I am also interested in financial knowledge and education, and relationships between financial vulnerability, health-related decisions, and health status, and how they vary across socioeconomic groups.
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 working with complex trauma 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.
Most of my current research is conducted in association with studies at UGA's Center for Family Research. Current projects including evaluating the efficacy of the Protecting Strong African American Families program, the development of a low-resource preventive intervention of families, and investigating the role of family environments for the long-term health and well-being of rural African Americans.
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 projects include: Cotton-based nonwovens and composites; Stretchable cotton nonwovens; Biodegradable/Compostable Meltbown Nonwovens for Filter media and othe Applications; Investigation of the Composition, Structure and Performacne Characteristics of Flushable Nonwovens; LightWeight Ballistic Materials with Improved Performance; Processing and Characterization of Carbon Fibers from Alternative Precursors.
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 is the development of an e-learning training program over beverage policy for use by early care and education programs.
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.
Georgia Child Care Wellness Study: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Healthy Eating Research Round 10
Childhood obesity increases risk for the development of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and in adulthood. Children develop healthy habits early in life, making early intervention extremely important. Sixty percent of American children are in some form of child care each week. As the ECE setting is particularly suited to advance obesity prevention efforts for young children, improving policy and best practice implementation to reduce rates of childhood obesity is a high priority. Increasing access to water and other healthy beverages and reducing consumption of SSBs are viable strategies to prevent childhood obesity. Nationally, low income, minority children aged 2-5 have the highest consumption of SSBs. In Georgia (GA), 13% of low-income children are obese. In 2014, GA added beverage provisions to child care licensing regulations, however, no known studies have examined policy compliance.
The primary goal of this study is to assess the current status of beverage policy implementation in child care programs in GA based on participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and program type. The specific aims of the project are to: 1) Assess…
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.
My current research includes two areas: (a) the association of personality on personal financial decision making, and (b) the association of financial risk tolerance on personal finanical decision making.
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 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.
The human transcription factor metal response element (MRE)-binding transcription factor 1 (MTF-1) binds to the DNA motif called the MRE in the promoter region of genes to regulate their transcriptional expression. MTF-1 is a zinc activated (zinc finger) protein whose activity and migration to the nucleus of cells is directly altered by levels of dietary zinc ingestion. MTF-1 can alter the gene expression of proteins, but we are currently looking at the fluctuation in levels of non-coding microRNAs (miRNAs), which themselves change gene expression post-transcriptionally. And some miRNA can also affect MTF-1 expression. Therefore there are cascading regulatory effects involving MTF-1 and miRNAs which can be initiated by zinc.
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 examining the effectiveness of different theoretically-based financial counseling intervention models.
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.
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.
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.
Sepideh is completing her dissertaion on holiday associted weight gain in adults along with strategies and interventions to battle this issue. She has conducted a human-subject clinical trial to test the effects of daily-self weighing on holiday-associted weight gain.
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 current research focuses on the efficacy of potato resistant starch supplementation on improving gut microbiota composition, inflammatory profile, and insulin signaling in high fat fed rats. Potato resistant starch supplementation may have therapeutic benefits against obesity and associated comorbidities through the promotion of bacterial fermentation and improvement of gut intestinal barrier function. Therefore, foods with these probiotic properties may be extremely valuable in improving prevention of obesity-related inflammation caused by chronic high fat diet consumption. The long-term goal of this research is to establish potato resistant starch as a potent probiotic and to support the use of potato resistant starch for the development of functional foods.
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.
Assessing the integration of archival documents through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning perspective in Family Policy.
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.
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 is evaluating the use of the hedonic scale in sensory testing, specifically in the evaluation of food products, using a child population.
My current research is testing the impact of a standard high-fat breakfast muffin against a pecan-containing muffin to determine if pecans will help to mitigate post-meal increases in glucose, insulin and lipids while increasing plasma antioxidant levels and appetite.
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.
Current research focuses on policy options for a sustainable FVRx program.
My funded projects include both military- and health-focused grants. My military work includes ongoing evaluation planning efforts for Army family programs and research dissemination efforts with DoD through Military REACH to put research on military families into the hands of policymakers, helping professionals, and families themselves. Consistent with my broader research focus on contextual influences on mental, physical, and relational health, I am also a co-investigator on a 5-year longitudinal project funded by the National Institute on Aging (PI: K.A.S. Wickrama) following a cohort of older adult couples in their later years during their retirement transition.
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.
Implementing neuroimaging methodologies to elucidate links between early life stress and adolescent decision making, risk behaviors and resilience among rural 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.
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 focuses on determinants of and interventions for financial stress among graduate students. Currently I am working with a data sample collected from graduate students at the University of Georgia through my graduate assistantship with the Graduate Financial Education Program within the UGA Graduate School.
Currently I am studying United States subculture and merchandising, specifically production, consumption, and embodiment. I am connecting the merchandising experience to history, identity development, community building, social dissent, and trends. I also research other pop and music culture apparel topics such as the history of Motown records uniforms and feminist dress of the 1970s. Furthermore, my scholarhsip and interests are in modern museum practice and outreach, with a focus on digital humanities, public outreach, and inter-institutional collaboration.
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 collecting data on the experiences of marriage and family therapists who have employed cultural brokers, advocates and interpreters to bridge significant cultural gaps between themselves and their clients.
I am publishing research studies on the suicide behaviors of women in Cambodia.
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.
I am currently working on Child feeding and body composition (Overweight/Obesity) among pre- schoolers in Georgia, U.S.A.
My current research involves assist Dr. Moore in researching considerations for adapting the adult Food Talk curriculum for the learning needs of older adolescents.
Currently, as a student of an MS in Fashion Merchandising and International Trade, I am planning on doing qualitative research involving apparel manufacturers in Colombia and South Africa. The aim is to analyze manufacturing capabilities in Colombia and South Africa considering their access to international supply chains and a globalized market place. The research will include aspects of manufacturing, supply chain and international trade, but the focus of the research is around knowledge transfer and supply chain development.
My current research focuses on consumer health and well-being. I am part of the multi-state research group studying behavioral economics and the intersection of healthcare and financial decision making across the lifespan.