Falk College Research Center

The Research Center helps foster a vibrant disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research community within the College, and facilitates individual and collaborative scholarly research by faculty.

Our faculty engages in a wide variety of research activities that impact the lives of individuals, families, organizations and the community. 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: African American dementia caregivers support program; patient-centered research network for people with disabilities and their families; conducting hot spot analysis of vulnerable older adults; the new American farmer: immigration, race, and the struggle for sustainability; a peer-led, train the trainer social marketing intervention to increase fruit and vegetable intake and prevent childhood obesity; the psychosocial and physiological consequences of taking and not taking time off; triggers of decline; addressing neighborhood violence and trauma in Syracuse; FoodPlan CNY; disability and rehabilitation research program; environmental toxicants, race, and cardiovascular disease risk in children; training veterans to conduct trauma research with fellow veterans; age-specific prevalence of specific psychiatric disorders; intellectual disabilities research ethics; mental health services and crossover to justice system involvement; wetland restoration project’s benefiting wildlife; children’s self-regulation in an urban environment; the economic security of disadvantaged and at-risk families through Social Security reform; bullying and domestic partner violence, and reduction of health disparities and promoting health and healthy lifestyles among minority communities.

Funds from private foundations as well as federal grants have supported faculty investigations. Additionally, faculty members have an active publication agenda, in the past year publishing over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as book chapters, and authoring and co-authoring books in their fields.Faculty members contribute to the numerous research institutes, centers and special programs in the college as well as in programs throughout the university, such as the Aging Studies Institute, the School of Education, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the College of Law, the Burton Blatt Institute, and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

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, will sponsor or co-sponsor activities including seminars and Research Colloquiums highlighting cutting edge faculty research. These may involve both internal and external speakers in areas of faculty interest.

For faculty who are seeking external sponsorship to conduct their research, we provide support for their efforts. Annually, small seed grants are competitively awarded to support proposal development. We also assist in finding appropriate funding sponsors and in proposal development, as well as navigating the University sponsored-project system, including the Office of Sponsored Programs and the SU Institutional Review Board.

We look forward to working with you.

Recent Faculty Funded Research

Kenneth Corvo receives grant for research, writing on domestic violence theory, policy

School of Social Work associate professor, Dr. Kenneth Corvo, has received a three-year, $50,000 grant from the Frederick H. Leonhardt (FHL) Foundation. This latest grant from the FHL Foundation follows Dr. Corvo’s decade-long professional collaboration with Frederick Leonhardt, foundation president…

Brooks Gump studies racial differences in cardiovascular disease risk with NIH award

Falk Family Endowed Professor of Public Health, Brooks Gump is a co-investigator working with primary investigator, Kevin Heffernan and co-investigator Tiago Barreira from the School of Education’s Department of Exercise Science on the project Racial Differences in Arterial Stiffness and…

Professors Bergen-Cico, Razza awarded grant for trauma resiliency programming

Associate professor of public health, Dessa Bergen-Cico, PI and associate professor of human development and family science, Rachel Razza co-I, received a $20,000 grant from the Health Foundation of Western and Central NY for their project entitled Trauma Resiliency in…

Study to investigate nutritional implications of eating alone in Korea

Data from the National Statistical Office (NSO) shows that the number of single-person households in Korea, totaling 539,800, comprised 27.9 percent of the total number of households in 2016. This has led to many socio-cultural changes, including dietary habits, as…

Falk Food Studies and Clarkson Environmental Engineering researchers focus efforts on positive environmental, energy and health outcomes for small New York State, northeastern U.S. livestock farms

Despite a significant number of animals on smaller dairy farms in New York State and the northeastern United States, the vast majority of research on the benefits of anaerobic digester (AD) technologies only relates to larger livestock farms. That is…

Sport management professor receives grants to study 2018 Winter Olympics youth viewership

With final preparations underway for the 2018 Winter Olympics scheduled to begin February 9 in PyeongChang, South Korea, Falk College assistant professor of sport management, Jamie Jeeyoon Kim, is researching the negotiation of motivation and constraints in young people’s decision-making…

Genesis Health Project launches Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia caregivers support program

A $500,000 grant from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) will fund programming to deliver Alzheimer’s Disease and caregiving support to the African American community in Syracuse —including respite care and connections to community resources—as part of the…

Gump to continue leading Undergraduate Program for Trauma Research with Veterans with newly awarded NSF grant

Falk Family Professor of Public Health, Brooks Gump, Ph.D., M.P.H., will continue leading a program this summer for undergraduate veterans and non-veterans (five openings for each) interested in becoming trauma researchers. Gump was one of six faculty from three upstate…

Falk professor to study anaerobic digesters for small-scale dairy farms

Falk College professor of Food Studies, Rick Welsh, and Stefan Grimberg and Shane Rogers, two environmental engineers from Clarkson University, have received a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture to develop educational…

Falk College nutrition professor, Tanya Horacek, part of team awarded $4.9 million USDA grant for childhood obesity prevention

Falk College associate professor of nutrition, Tanya Horacek, R.D., Ph.D., and Syracuse University are part of a 14-university team that has received a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to empower college students to create obesity…

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