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

Do Children Displaying Different Profiles of Cognitive and Behavioral Self-Regulation Respond Differently to Early Education Programs?

This NICHD-funded study examines how profiles of cognitive and behavioral self-regulation influence the effectiveness of Head Start REDI, a preschool intervention program, in order to determine which version of the program works best for different types of students. Dr. Vasilenko’s…

Virtual Reality Opportunities to Integrate Social Skills (VROISS)

Justin Ehrlich is the co-principal investigator of a research team-comprised of Ehrlich, researchers from the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and educational leaders at the Ohio Center on Autism and Low Incidence Disabilities-that received $2.5 million ($246,745…

The Care Coordination Certificate Program

The Care Coordination Certificate Program targets the professional development of the care coordination workforce of Central New York. It addresses the need for effective training of direct care workers who perform a critical role in New York State’s integrated care…

Mental Health, Economic Well-Being, and Experiences of Farming in Resettled Refugees in Syracuse, NY

This project examines relationships between home and community gardening practices, mental health indicators, community building, and socio-economic well-being in resettled refugee populations. Existing literature suggests refugees face a decreased probability of sustaining socio-economic development if nutritional and general health needs…

Educating Girls in the Classroom and Beyond in Northern Nigeria

The projects goals are to delay the age of marriage and enhance girls’ agency and voice in rural communities in northwestern Nigeria by reducing social and economic barriers to female schooling and providing group-based mentoring and support. Dr. Larsen will…

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