2018 Faculty Fellows

Lerner Center Faculty Fellow Grant Program Winners, 2018-2019

The SU Lerner Center is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Faculty Fellows Grant Program. The purpose of the Lerner Faculty Fellows Grant Program is to fund population health or health promotion research at SU that focuses on impacting health behaviors, institutions, systems, or policies to reduce risk for and/or consequences of chronic disease and/or premature mortality at the individual, community, or societal levels. Projects must include one or more of the Lerner Center’s key strategic priority areas of diet and nutrition, physical activity, tobacco use, substance misuse, stress reduction, and mental health. This year’s winners are:

Impact of Gardening on Refugee Mental Health, Community Building, and Economic Well-being in Central New York
Rashmi Gangamma, Dept. of Marriage and Family Therapy, Falk College
Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Dept. of Public Health, Food Studies, and Nutrition, Falk College
Bhavneet Walia, Dept. of Public Health, Food Studies, and Nutrition, Falk College

DESCRIPTION: This project will examine the relationship between home and community gardening practices, mental health, community building, socioeconomic well-being, and food security among resettled refugee populations in Central New York. Given the recent changes in federal policies around refugee resettlement, there is a heightened need to increase efforts toward reducing racial/ethnic disparities and promoting health in this population. The researchers will collect data from 100 individual refugees over a two-year period. Eligibility criteria include entry into the U.S. as an adult refugee (age 18+) and residence in Central New York during the study period. Surveys will collect information on mental health, home and community gardening, and socio-economic wellbeing. In support of the Lerner Center’s Health Monday initiatives, the project will reinforce the Meatless Monday’s theme by collecting meatless recipes from the home countries of the refugee families that highlight the fruits and vegetables from their gardens.

Nudging Physical Activity in Early Adolescents with ADHD
Kevin Antshel, Dept. of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
Andrew London, Dept. of Sociology, Maxwell School
Scott Landes, Dept. of Sociology, Maxwell School
Joseph Boskovski, Maxwell X Lab, Maxwell School

DESCRIPTION: Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that represents a significant public health problem among adolescents. There is great need for evidence-based interventions for ADHD that improve adolescents’ daily functioning, are low cost, and have potential for broad dissemination. Physical activity (PA) holds promise as a potentially effective, broadly health-promoting, and accessible intervention for adolescents with ADHD. Compared to children with ADHD, adolescents with ADHD have received far less research attention. This pilot study will conduct an experiment that uses both motivational interviewing and contingency management/external reinforcers to address intrinsic and extrinsic motivation to increase physical activity among adolescents with ADHD. There are two Specific Aims: (1) Evaluate the feasibility of the study processes and intervention, and (2): Determine the impact of a 6-month PA intervention on the ADHD symptom severity of 12-14 year old adolescents with ADHD. Recognizing evidence that decisions to improve one’s health are often initiated on Mondays, this project will also test the effectiveness of Monday nudges vs. those that occur on other random days of the week.