Research and Engagement Projects


The Office of Public Engagement at the University of Connecticut was awarded a renewable grant from the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania for the formation of New England University Assisted Community School Collaborative (NE UACSC).


Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, local foundations, AmeriCorps and private donations, Husky Sport is a sport based youth development program operating as a community-campus partnership between Hartford’s North End and UConn’s Neag School of Education. Husky Sport emphasizes nutritional education, physical activity, transferrable life skills, and academic enrichment with K-12 grade students both in school and during out of school time hours.


Funded by the National Center for Education Research, Institute for Education Sciences, the National Exploration of Emotional/Behavioral Detection in School Screening (NEEDs2) project aims to understand if and how social, emotional, and behavioral screeners are being used in schools, and what factors influence use.

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A novel immersive videogame, also known as exergaming, integrates the excitement of gaming and the physical activity of bicycling. The primary goal of this study is to determine if a fitness experience delivered via the novel exergaming fitness bicycle will be perceived positively and enjoyed by normal weight and overweight/obese children aged 11-13 years.

For more information, contact
Rory McGloin

Two new projects at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity are evaluating the food environment, policies, and nutritional quality of meals in both USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) child care centers (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research program) and non-CACFP child care centers (funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture in Connecticut).

For more information, contact
Tatiana Andreyeva

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Dr. Ruth Lucas and Dr. Bin Feng have created a device that allows for measurement of an infants’ sucking microstructure during breast and bottle feeding in the home setting. A Connecticut Bioscience Pipeline Grant will allow researchers to test the device in home settings for reliability, tolerance and acceptance during feeding.

For more information, contact Ruth Lucas


Funded through the UConn OVPR’s Research Excellence Program, UConn researchers and leaders in the New Haven School District and Connecticut State Department of Education are collaborating to build a “guiding blueprint” that fills an important gap in tools to guide planning, implementation, professional development, and evaluation efforts that inform coordination of policies, processes, and practices in school and child health.

For more information, contactSandra Chafouleas

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Funded by the Neag School of Education’s Dean’s Research Initiative Award, this study aims to understand how Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) can be used to develop a method of implementation of self-assessment that will enable educators to make valid decisions about intervention effectiveness in research and practice while utilizing minimal resources.

For more information, contact:
Lisa Sanetti

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With funding from Invest Health, this project aims to examine food systems in order to reduce grocery store leakage (a condition where demand exceeds supply) from theHartford Promise Zone area. Plans are underway to engage the neighborhood in the design of an aesthetically pleasing, nutritious and sustainable food system.

For more information, contact:
Carol Polifroni