Category: Research

New Connections Research Spotlight: Angela Heads

For psychologist Angela Heads, prevention is the best intervention. Her health disparities research focuses on how to prevent people from engaging in risky health behaviors in an attempt to mitigate health gaps between populations.

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New Connections Symposium: From Research to Action

Over the past several weeks, our attention has been directed to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the Southeast and the wildfires in the West. These tragic events have resulted in injury, illness, death, and displacement.

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The Health Care Institution, Population Health and Black Lives

In this article, Christopher King, PhD (New Connections Network Member) discusses institutionalized racism and discrimination within health care, and how this affects Black lives.

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Neighborhood Disadvantage, Poor Social Conditions, and Cardiovascular Disease Incidence among African American Adults in the Jackson Heart Study

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, (NC 2016) examined the impact of neighborhood conditions resulting from racial residential segregation on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. The researchers used data from the Jackson Heart Study (a study of CVD among African Americans in Jackson, MS to examine neighborhoods and CVD incidence) to develop a measurement of neighborhood disadvantage, using sociodemographic indicators from the Census.

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Place Matters: Contextualizing the Roles of Religion and Race for Understanding Americans’ Attitudes about Homosexuality

Social Science Research (2016)

New Connections alumna Amy Adamczyk (NC 2009) and colleagues highlight the significance of location in social science studies through her recent research, intersecting religion, race, homosexuality, and place. Previously, researchers had given little to no attention to how county characteristics shape attitudes toward homosexuality, focusing more on racial and ethnic differences in public opinions. Many of those studies showed that African Americans appear to be less approving of homosexuality than other ethnicities. This research challenges that premise from a spatial perspective.

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Do Age & SES Matter? A Mix-method Exploration of Social Media Use during Good & Bad Times

New Connections Webinar Series Presentation (January 2015)

Alumna Linda Charmaraman, PhD (NC 2013) and researchers studied differences in the utilization of social media and mobile phone technology by age and socioeconomic status (SES) among adolescents.

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Residential Instability & Obesity over Time: The Role of Social & Built Environment

Health and Place (January 2015)

Alumnus Antwan Jones, PhD (NC 2011) published findings from his research exploring the correlation between residential instability and obesity risk in the United States In the study, Dr. Jones extracts data from a retrospective longitudinal cohort sample of nearly 14,000 racially diverse..

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Exploring Culturally Based Intrafamilial Stressors among Latino Adolescents

Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies (December 2014)

In an exploratory qualitative study New Connections network member David Córdova, PhD, and colleagues, used a grounded theory approach to uncover the effects of acculturative differences..

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Urban vs. Rural Differences in Prescription Opioid Misuse among Adults in the United States

International Journal of Drug Policy (October 2014)

New Connections network member, Khary K. Rigg, PhD, and grantee Shannon M. Monnat, PhD, collaborated on a study addressing the misuse of prescription opioids and its contributing factors by geographic classification..

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TXT Me I’m Only Sleeping

Fam Community Health (2014)

New Connections scholar Anna Adachi-Mejia, PhD (NC 2007) and researchers examined the correlations between teen sleeping patterns and cell phone usage at bedtime. Under the premise that nighttime cell phone use is a health risk, interfering with sleep onset, quality, and duration..

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