CSCH

Our Leadership

CSCH facilitates opportunities for interested researchers to collaborate on projects of common interest as related to school and child health topics. As such, CCSH provides a valuable role in recognizing existing work conducted across and within other groups, organizations, and agencies, and connecting partnerships that can enhance individual efforts.

 

Primary coordination of CSCH occurs through the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) at the University of Connecticut. In addition, the Office of Public Engagement (OPE) assists with enhancing community connections. For example, a relevant role for CSCH includes serving as a research arm for the New England University-Assisted Community School Collaborative (NE UACSC) funded by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

CSCH leadership includes co-director(s) and a steering committee comprised of university researchers and community stakeholders engaged in school and child health efforts with focus on research partnerships. The steering committee is comprised of no more than 12 university-based members and no more than 3 community-based members. Each steering committee member agrees to serve a two-year term, which may be renewable. New steering committee members are nominated by current members. The co-directors invite new members based on review of the overall composition of the committee to ensure adequate balance across WSCC domains.

Affiliate membership in CSCH is open to those persons interested and engaged in work related to the mission of CSCH. Individuals must first become an affiliate with InCHIP.

CSCH Co-Director
Professor of Educational Psychology
in the Neag School of Education

Expertise: behavior assessment, school mental health, coordinated school health

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E. CAROL POLIFRONI

CSCH Co-Director
Professor of Nursing and
Director of the Office of Public Engagement

Expertise: learning communities, nursing education, community partnerships

STEERING COMMITTEE 2016-17

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DEBORAH CORNMAN

Associate Director of InCHIP

Expertise: health behavior change and team science

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JENNIFER DINEEN

Director of the Graduate Program in Survey Research
Department of Public Policy

Expertise: survey research, program evaluation

lindseydistefano

 

LINDSAY DISTEFANO

Associate Professor in Kinesiology

Expertise: physical health, injury prevention in children

michelebagwell

 

MICHELLE FEMC-BAGWELL

Assistant Professor in Residence in Educational Leadership
Director of CommPACT

Expertise: community schools collaborative, family-school partnerships

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ALICE FORRESTER

CEO, Clifford Beers Clinic
Director, New Haven Trauma Coalition
Member, Sandy Hook Commission

Expertise: mental health in children, families, and communities in Connecticut

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KATHRYN LIBAL

Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of the Human Rights Institute

Expertise: social welfare, children’s rights movements, human rights, social work

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RUTH LUCAS

Assistant Professor
in Nursing

Expertise: pediatrics, neonatal care with focus on atypical developmental trajectories

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JENNIFER MCGARRY

Professor and Department Head in Educational Leadership
Executive Director
of Husky Sport

Expertise: sport-based youth development

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KERRI RAISSIAN

Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy

Expertise: quantitative policy analysis, child and family policy

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LISA H. SANETTI

Associate Professor in Educational Psychology

Expertise: educators’ wellness, implementation of effective practices, educator-student relationships

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MARLENE SCHWARTZ

Director of the Rudd Center

Expertise: food policy, obesity prevention

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HELENE MARCY

CSCH Program Manager

Interests: poverty-related issues and policies, community partnerships, survey research