March 2022 Newsletter

March Research Briefs

March 1: Most Home-Delivered Meal Recipients with Dementia Receive Support from Friends and Family, but More Social Activity is Needed
Author(s): Claire Pendergrast

March 8COVID-19 Deaths Soared among U.S. Whites in 2021Author(s): Rogelio Saenz, Marc A. Garcia, Claire Pendergrast

March 15Rural Adults Report Worse COVID-19 Impacts than Urban Adults
Author(s): Shannon M. Monnat

March 22Medical Visits Related to Firearm Injuries Increased During COVID-19
Author(s): Rachel Chernet, Margaret K. Formica

March 29Unhealthy Workplace Conditions Contribute to Physician Suicide
Author(s): Mariah Brennan Nanni, Alexandra Punch

ugust 3: Working Parents Post Pandemic: Reimagining Remote Work after COVID-19
Author(s): Austin McNeill Brown

August 10Proper Medication Adherence is a Challenge for Older SNAP Participants with Chronic Health Conditions
Author(s): Colleen Heflin, Chinedum O. Ojinnaka, Irma Arteaga, Lauryn Quick

In the News

Dessa Bergen-Cico was quoted in the Al Jazeera article, “War deepens suffering for Ukraine’s drug users.”

Research from Scott Landes, Margaret Formica and colleagues dating back to 2020 demonstrated increased risk from COVID for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The CDC just quietly added IDD to its list of conditions at increased risk. In this Disability Scoop storyScott Landes wonders why it took so long.


Lerner Fellow Xiaoyan (Amanda) Zhang

Lerner Graduate Fellow, Xiaoyan Zhang, was one of nine students selected for the Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Work for her research, “Loneliness and Depression Among American Older Adults: Can Resilience Resources be Buffers?”

Lerner Graduate Research Affiliate, Kent Jason Cheng, received an Honorable Mention in Social Science for the Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Work.

Lerner Graduate Research Affiliate Austin McNeil Brown

Lerner Graduate Research Assistant, Austin McNeill Brown, successfully defended his dissertation proposal, “Suburban Subjectivities.”

Lerner Graduate Fellow, Yue Sun, successfully defended her dissertation proposal, “Explaining Geographic Variation in U.S. Mortality: The Roles of Physical Environment, Industry Structures, and State Policies.”

Publications & Research

Kent Jason Cheng and colleagues authored, “Religiosity of Baby-Boomers in Young Adulthood: Associations with Psychological Well-Being over the Life Course” in Advances in Life Course Research.
Professor Dessa Bergen-Cico

Dessa Bergen-Cico co-authored two publications:
“Social and geo-political factors influencing trends in substance use” in The Sage Handbook of Social Studies in Health and Medicine.

“Exploring the Adaptation of Mindfulness Interventions to Address Stress and Health in Native American Communities” in Beyond White Mindfulness: Critical Perspectives on Racism, Well-being and Liberation.

Catherine García co-authored “Living Arrangements and Intergenerational Support in Puerto Rico: Are Fathers Disadvantaged?” in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.

Upcoming Events

Join the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion for our National Public Health Week luncheon on Monday, April 4. Speaker, personal trainer and entrepreneur, JT Houston, has been helping people across Central New York lead healthier lifestyles.

This event will leave you inspired to spread love to yourself and others through positivity, fitness and nutrition. It’s free, open to the public, and lunch is provided. Visit Eventbrite to pre-register. For questions, please contact