Falk College Research Center

The Research Center helps foster a vibrant research community within the College and facilitates collaborative scholarly research inclusive of undergraduate and graduate students.

Falk College faculty members engage in a wide variety of research activities that improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and the community, locally, nationally, and globally. Their fields of expertise include exercise science, food studies, human development and family science, marriage and family therapy, nutrition, public health, social work, sport analytics and sport management.

Funds from federal and state grants/contracts, foundations, the University, and Falk College support faculty research projects. Faculty members collaborate across all schools and colleges and contribute to research institutes, centers and working groups. While the College is diverse in its disciplinary fields and areas of research interest among its faculty, all are committed to studying change and potential for change across a broad array of human needs, aspirations, and institutions; that is, to the study of human dynamics in its widest sense.

The Research Center assists in:

  • identifying funding sponsors and collaborators
  • internal and external proposal development (including strategy, narrative review, and budgeting) and post award support
  • navigating the University sponsored-project system

In collaboration with academic departments and centers or institutes, we sponsor activities including seminars and colloquia highlighting innovative faculty research. Annually, Falk College awards small seed grants for tenure-track assistant professors to support the development of junior faculty’s research programs.

Falk faculty are encouraged to access the Research Center Faculty manual via SU Answers.

Recent Faculty Funded Research

EMS Worker Navigation Study – Phase 2: Preliminary Test of a Resilience Building Intervention & the Role of Psychosocial Safety Climate on Mental Health – Resubmission

Emergency medical service (EMS) workers (i.e., ambulance service providers) experience triple the risk for anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared to the general U.S. population. These mental disorders impact health and well-being across the life course.

Role of Fish oil in Reducing Risks of Paternal Obesity and thereby Improving Offspring Metabolic Health

Paternal obesity impacts early-life nutrition and offspring health yet is infrequently considered as a priority contributing factor to child health.

Longitudinal Patterns of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

Adverse childhood experiences (ACES) are associated with early onset of sexual intercourse, having more sexual partners, and contracting HIV, making them an important public health concern

Psychological and Biological Effects on Child Development

Psychological and biological stressors such as poverty, parental mental illness, and environmental toxicants influence child health and development.

Local Agroecological Knowledge and Farmers’ Responses to Global Environmental Change in Small-scale Urban Farms and Community Gardens of Central New York

Efforts to conserve biodiversity, adapt to climate change, and address food sovereignty are critical for the survival of small farms in rural and urban areas of Central New York. This research focuses on the challenges of rural and urban small-scale…

Context Matters: How Do Neighborhood Structural Factors Affect Parenting Stress among Asian Immigrant Families?

This study focuses on the connections of neighborhood structures, cultural orientation, and social support to parenting stress among Asian immigrant families. Parenting stress is prevalent and persistently high levels of parenting stress has individual, familial, and societal consequences such as…

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