Falk College Office of Research Development

The Falk College Office of Research Development 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 Falk College Office of Research Development 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 Falk College Office of Research Development Faculty manual via SU Answers.

Recent Faculty Funded Research

Camden Life Center Project, Center for Family Life and Recovery

Camden Life Center is an impact center with multiple agencies that offer coordinated care for the community. Camden Life Center provides mental health care, addiction treatment, case management, food resources, and pregnancy and parenting services for a rural area plagued…

How FSA CRP Program Managers Incorporate Science, Feasibility, and Acceptability in Guidelines for Conserving Grass and Breeding Birds on CRP Land

A recent legal settlement (NWF v. Veneman, Civil No. 04-2169) requires assessing and revising guidelines for permitted haying and grazing relative to the primary nesting season (PNS) of Breeding Grassland Birds (BGB) on USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) enrolled lands.

Impact of Paternal Omega-3 Fatty Acids Supplementation on Offspring Metabolic Health

Obesity in mothers has been the focus in the study of early life nutrition and children’s health, while obesity in fathers has been largely overlooked. In the United States, about 2 in 3 males of reproductive age are either overweight…

Socioenvironmental Influences on Health Among Older Island Puerto Ricans

Research on the socioenvironmental context in Puerto Rico has been extremely limited and little is known about the pathways that link the residential environment to health among older adults

Cultivating Self-Regulation and Healthy Food Intake: Parental and Caregiver Engagement to Support Mindful Eating Behaviors Among Young Children

To cultivate food acceptance and enhance food preferences in young children, our research team has developed an intervention model to incorporate mindful eating and self-regulation within family and childcare settings.

Coast to Cow to Consumer

Optimizing agricultural productivity to sustainably meet rising global food demands requires innovative agricultural methods. Up to 12% of dietary gross energy may be lost through enteric methane (CH4) production, limiting cattle performance. . .

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