Dessa Bergen-Cico is the co-principal investigator on a novel grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) titled Psychophysiological Sensing to Enhance Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Self-Regulation of Opioid Cravings.
This study aims to support recovery from opioid use disorder (OUD) with the development of wearable physiological sensing technologies that will help identify individual predictors of craving and relapse risk, while also teaching participants how to use mindfulness-based practices to manage cravings and reduce neurophysiological responses associated with stress and relapse risks. Click for more info.
Amy Ellen Schwartz, along with Co-Investigator Michah Rothbart, is the Principal Investigator on a grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research: COVID-19, Vaccinations and School/Community Resources: Children’s Longitudinal Health and Education Outcomes using Linked Administrative Data. Read more about the project below in the Research Profile of the Month.
Shannon Monnat, Principal Investigator, and Co-InvestigatorsJennifer Karas Montez, Doug Wolf, Emily Wiemers,and David Wheeler(Associate Professor of Biostatistics at Virginia Commonwealth University) were awarded a U01 grant for their project: “States’ COVID-19 Mitigation Policies and Psychological Health, Drug Overdose, and Suicide among U.S. Adults” from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Read more about the project below in the Research Profile of the Month.
Catherine García received an NIH R01 Supplement for her project: “Socioenvironmental Influences on Health among Older Island Puerto Ricans.”
Marc A. Garcia and Claire Pendergrast published a blog, “The Devastating Toll of Structural Racism“, on Public Health Post arguing the need for targeted health policies and structural policy change to reduce population health disparities in the US.
Claire Pendergast presented “Aging Services Organizations’ Disaster Preparedness Activities: Best Practices and Knowledge-Sharing” at New York State’s Aging Concerns Unite Us (ACUU) Conference, the state’s premier professional development conference for aging service professionals.
Lerner Center Faculty Secure New NIH Grant Funding to Conduct COVID-19 Research
Impacts of Mitigation Policies on Psychological Health, Drug Overdose, and Suicide
Lerner Center Director, Shannon Monnat, is the Principal Investigator on a new U01 grant awarded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse titled: “States’ COVID-19 Mitigation Policies and Psychological Health, Drug Overdose, and Suicide among U.S. Adults“. This 5-year $1.95 million project will identify how the policies U.S. states enacted to combat the spread and adverse effects of COVID-19 may have affected psychological health and mortality from drug overdose and suicide among working-age and older adults in both the immediate and longer terms.
The project will provide novel large-scale data on adult COVID-19 experiences and wellbeing and use the variation in policy responses across states to shed light on which policies and combinations of policies are consequential for adult psychological health and related mortality, the mechanisms through which policies affect those outcomes, and the population subgroups that are disproportionately affected. Co-investigators on the team include Syracuse University’s Jennifer Karas Montez (Director of the Center for Aging and Policy Studies and University Professor of Sociology), Doug Wolf (Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs), and Emily Wiemers (Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs), and David Wheeler (Associate Professor of Biostatistics at Virginia Commonwealth University).