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.

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Recent Faculty Funded Research

Effects of Maternal Stress, Dietary Intake, and Physical Activity Behaviors on Adverse Birth Outcomes

CUSE Grant – Innovative & Interdisciplinary Research, $20,000. Maternal exposure to acute or chronic stress during fetal development leads to adjustments that have both short- and long-term consequences. Our proposed study is a multi-disciplinary investigation of maternal stress exposure, maternal…

Agricultural Guestworkers and the New Immigrant Economy

With Mary Jo Dudley (Cornell) Consultant. CUSE Grant – Innovative & Interdisciplinary Research, $20,000. Due to strenuous working conditions and low average wages, labor shortages are a consistent challenge in U.S. production agriculture. For decades, farmers have been turning to…

A Consent Toolkit for Genomics Research Inclusive of Adults with Intellectual Disability: Establishing Feasibility

CUSE Grant – Good to Great, $29,996. Adults with intellectual disability experience significant health disparities, and can benefit dramatically from genomics research. Yet ethical, legal, and social challenges in the process of informed consent present barriers to the generation of…

Developing Machine Learning Classifiers on Uncovering Patterns of Intimate Partner Violence Risk

With Bei Yu (iSchool) co-I, and Ying Zhang (HDFS Doctoral Student). CUSE Grant – Innovative & Interdisciplinary Research, $20,000. We seek support from the CUSE’s Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant committee to conduct a two-year study that will utilize text-mining…

E-sport, psychological well-being, and sport participation: Data collection and natural field experimental analysis

With Bong Gee Jang (SOE) co-PI, and Eui Jun Jeong (Konkuk University, Seoul Korea) co-I. CUSE Grant – Innovative & Interdisciplinary Research, $30,000 E-sport participation can be conceptualized as competitive video game played at grassroot levels, where the video game…

Environmental Exposures and Child Health Outcomes 2 (EECHO2)

With Travis Hobart (SUNY Upstate) co-I, Kestutis Bendinskas (SUNY Oswego) co-I, and Patrick Parsons (SUNY Albany) co-I. CUSE Grant – Innovative & Interdisciplinary Research, $29,990. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death in the United States and disables…

Management Team Diversity and Misconduct by Male Professional Athletes

With William Horrace (Economics) co-I. CUSE Grant – Innovative & Interdisciplinary Research, $20,000. Organizations and managers have a strong interest in preventing and redressing employee misconduct, which is voluntary behavior that deviates from prevailing norms. When employees are admired public…

Urban Food Forests: Ecological-Human Connectivity and Rights to Access

With Stewart Diemont (SUNY ESF) co-PI, and Matthew Potteiger (SUNY ESF) co-I. CUSE Grant – Innovative & Interdisciplinary Research, $20,000. The Urban Food Forests: Ecological-Human Connectivity and Rights to Access proposal weaves together ecological sciences, landscape design, and urban food…

China’s Aging Population: Implications for Families and Public Policy

CUSE Grant – Seminar, $10,000. This proposal requests support to convene a workshop devoted to the topic of demographic change in China and its implications for family care and support for older adults. The goal of this workshop is to…

Evaluating the Role of Sustainable Farming Practices in Promoting Food Security While Protecting Endangered Species in the Galapagos Archipelago

CUSE Grant – Seed, $5,000. The Galapagos ecosystem is a strong draw for international ecotourism. Human activity, however, often leads to profound changes in the relationships and structures of biophysical systems that are detrimental to both human and non-human species….

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