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

Improving Financial Wellness among African Americans through Financial Literacy Education

Luvenia Cowart (PHP) PI and Maria T. Brown (SWK/ASI) co-PI. Improving Financial Wellness among African Americans through Financial Literacy Education: Advancing Health Equity in Underserved Communities, Health Research Inc. / NYS Department of Health, 1/15/23-5/31/23 “Improving Financial wellness among African…

A Peer-to-Peer Intervention to Help College Students Apply and Transfer Effective Learning Strategies across STEM Courses

Margaret Usdansky (HDFS) PI,    Rachel Razza(HDFS) co-PI, Leonard Lopoo (MAX) co-PI, and John Tillotson (A&S – Science Teaching) co-PI, Collaborative Research: Coaching to Learn: A Peer-to-Peer Intervention to Help College Students Apply and Transfer Effective Learning Strategies across STEM…

Development and Validation of a Measure to Assess Book Banning Views and Identification of Key Predictors of Those Attitudes

Matthew Mulvaney (HDFS) PI, Development and Validation of a Measure to Assess Book Banning Views and Identification of Key Predictors of Those Attitudes, Institute for Humane Studies – Small Project-Based Grant Program. 1/15/23-8/31/23 This research seeks to develop a valid…

ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA Parc)

Katherine McDonald (PHP) PI, Bhavneet Walia (PHP) co-I, and ADA experts from the Southeast ADA Center (Michael Morris, Barry Whaley, Pamela Williamson), ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA Parc), TIRR Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center / Department of Health and Human…

Field Trials and Optimization of Dried Attractive Bait Stations in Puerto Rico

David Larsen (PHP) PI, Field Trials and Optimization of Dried Attractive Bait Stations in Puerto Rico, CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) / DHHS. 9/30/22-9/29/24 Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are the principal disease vectors for dengue, Zika, and chikungunya. In…

Agroecosystem Responses to Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Food Insecurity in the United States and Latin America

María Estelí Jiménez-Soto (NFS – FST) PI, Agroecosystem Responses to Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Food Insecurity in the United States and Latin America, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR). 9/1/22-9/1/25 Climate change, biodiversity loss, and food insecurity are…

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