Falk College Research Center

The Research Center helps foster a vibrant research community within the College, and facilitates individual and collaborative scholarly research by faculty that is inclusive of both graduate and undergraduate students.

Our faculty members engage in a wide variety of research activities that affect the lives of individuals, families, organizations and the community, locally and nationally. Their fields of expertise include human development and family science, marriage and family therapy, public health, food studies and nutrition, social work and sport management.

Recent topics of funded projects include: Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia caregiver support, identification of cognitive impairment among older adults, refugee mental health and economic well-being, refugee and immigrant farming and mental health, health care reforms and its impact on rural behavioral health care providers, cardiovascular disease risk and environmental toxins, sport participation and influences, infectious disease epidemiology (specifically mosquito borne illnesses), mindfulness training for children and trauma resiliency, extracurricular actives and outcomes for elementary children, religiosity and mortality risk, neighborhood violence, food system planning and policy, domestic violence, improving healthcare and access for persons with disabilities, sports analytics, residential treatment facilities direct care workers, vacationing behaviors and health outcomes, and nutrition, pregnancy and health outcomes, among others.

Funds from federal and state grants, foundations, as well as internal funds from the University and Falk College support faculty research investigations. Faculty members collaborate across all schools and colleges and contribute to the research institutes, centers and working groups. While the College is highly 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, often in collaboration with academic departments and centers or institutes, sponsors activities including seminars and colloquia highlighting innovative faculty research. For faculty who are seeking external sponsorship to conduct their research, we provide support for their efforts. Annually, small seed grants for junior faculty are competitively awarded to support proposal development as well as a host of other internal funding opportunities campus wide. We assist in finding appropriate funding sponsors and collaborators, internal and external proposal development including strategy, narrative review, and budgeting, and post award support in addition to navigating the University sponsored-project system, including the Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Sponsored Account, Technology Transfer, and Office of Research and Integrity Protections.

We look forward to working with you.

Recent Faculty Funded Research

Jessica Garay 2021-2022 American Society of Nutrition (ASN) Science Policy Fellow

Over the next year, Professor Garay will engage in meetings with various stakeholders involved in federal legislation, including representatives from various federal agencies as well as individuals who have worked on Capitol Hill. Professor Garay will have opportunities to advocate…

The Influence of Contextual and Constitutional Emotional Processes on Speech Motor Control and Speech Motor Learning in Early Childhood Stuttering

The goals of this project are to advance the understanding of stuttering development in preschool-age children and inform future fluency treatment. Specifically, the researchers are interested in how different aspects of emotional reactivity influence children’s speech motor control and speech…

Maria Brown and Mary Helen McNeal partner with Vera House in Preventing Elder Abuse Project

Vera House in collaboration with Maria Brown, Research Assistant Professor in Social Work and Aging Studies Institute and Mary Helen McNeal, Professor in College of Law, will establish the Expanding CORE (Community-Based Options to Respond to Elder Abuse) Program in…

The Impact of College Conference TV Networks on College Football and Basketball Attendance

Sport Analytics senior Sam Marteka and junior Mackenzie Mangos are working with assistant professor Jeremy Losak on research being conducted as part of an ACC Initiatives Grant. As more sporting events become available on live television, an obvious question is…

Piloting a SARS2 Early Warning Wastewater Surveillance Platform

In response to the coronavirus, Syracuse University researchers have teamed with SUNY ESF, SUNY Upstate, and industry partners to pilot a statewide wastewater surveillance platform for New York state. This project will examine the usefulness of wastewater surveillance as an…

Exploring FIFA Video Games as a Channel to Promote Football Participation, Football Literacy, and Psychosocial Well-being

This project is proposed to (1) investigate how FIFA video games usage is associated with football participation and psychological well-being, and (2) develop strategies to better utilize the video game series in stimulating football participation. Two survey-based studies are designed…

Developing an Instrument to Assess Intergenerational Digital Communication by Older Adults: Expanding the Solidarity Model

The purpose of this project is to develop a reliable and valid instrument that measures the use and efficacy of various forms of intergenerational digital communication and integrate those measures within the intergenerational solidarity inventory, the gold standard for measuring…

Heart and Vascular Responses Across the Lifespan in Ts65Dn Mice, a Model of Down Syndrome

Down syndrome (Ds) is a developmental disability that results from triplication of chromosome 21. Persons with Ds are confronted with a variety of daily challenges including heart defects at birth and lower blood pressure and heart rate at rest and…

Community and Work Participation Disparities: A Program of the ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA PARC)

ADA PARC is a multi-site research collaboration bringing together the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) centers to examine the factors that influence the participation of people with disabilities in their communities to identify key participation disparities and strategically act to…

Intergenerational Antecedents of Care to Older Adults Approaching the End of Life With and Without Dementia

In this project, researchers examine vulnerability of older adults in relation to the care-careers of their adult children over the family life cycle. Results will inform theory about how and when children respond to their parents’ early investments in them….

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