In this project, the Healthy Workplace Participatory Program tool has been adapted for use in schools to improve teacher health and wellness. Throughout this project, teams of teachers across multiple schools identify the top health and wellness concerns of staff at their school, design intervention packages aimed at resolving these problems, and propose the interventions […]
UConn study: Weight-related bullying leads to poor health outcomes for LGBTQ youth – June 2, 2019
CSCH Steering Committee member Lisa Sanetti interviews CSCH affiliates Xiaomei Cong and Angela Starkweather about their work in the UConn Center for Advancement in Managing Pain. Click Icon for Full Description and to Listen
Click Icon to Listen Description: CSCH Steering Committee member Lisa Sanetti interviews CSCH affiliates Xiaomei Cong and Angela Starkweather about their work in the UConn Center for Advancement in Managing Pain Host: Lisa Sanetti, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education Guests: Xiaomei Cong, Professor, School of Nursing and Director, Center for Advancement in […]
When did GMO become a dirty word? – May 14, 2019
School-Based Health Centers: A Means to Meet the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model
Over the 2018-19 school year, CSCH faculty worked with two undergraduate students through the Office of Undergraduate Research. Their research on supporting student mental health through multi-tiered support systems culminated in a poster presentation at the UConn Frontiers Undergraduate poster exhibition. Corona Zhang is a junior majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Statistics and Ireti […]
Presentation for the Washington District MTSS Leader PLC by Chafouleas, S. – March 2019 Click to View & Download
Background Beth Russell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences and is the Director of the Center for Applied Research in Human Development (CARHD), a CSCH partner. Russell studies self-regulation, in particular the regulation of psychological distress. She has focused on that work in school, early childcare, and college […]
Study: After-school Programs Improve Academic Outcomes – April 11, 2019
In March and April of 2019, CSCH sponsored a two-part workshop series called Telling Your Story: Tips from Journalists to Bring Your Research to the Public. Attended by over 25 people from across schools and colleges at UConn, the first session offered perspectives from journalists on how to write for the public about your research. […]
CT food pantries pushed to offer more nutritional items – March 13, 2019
Background Sandra Chafouleas is the Co-Director of CSCH as a well as a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology in the Neag School of Education at UConn. Before turning to research, Chafouleas was a school psychologist in a variety of settings, with specialization working with students exhibiting challenging behavior. As a researcher, her […]
State policies related to school readiness assessment practices
LGBTQ Teens Face High Rate of Weight-Based Bullying – February 7, 2019
Junk Food Ads Target Minority Kids: Study – January 15, 2019
Ickovics, Duffany, Shebl, Peters, Read, Gilstad-Hayden, & Schwartz. (2019) Using a cluster randomized trial, this study looks at the effectiveness of implementing school-based nutrition and physical activity policies on student BMI trajectories.
School building administrator reports of screening practices across academic, physical health, and behavioral domains
Is Juice on School Menus a Problem? – December 26, 2018
District administrator reports of academic and social, emotional, and behavioral standards in U.S. public school districts
Social, emotional, and behavioral health screening practices in U.S. public school districts
Boehm, R., Read, M. and Schwartz, M. (2018) Researchers used lunch register data to compare juice and non-juice days for average daily selections of meal components and water and juice sales.
Would you like to bring your research to a wider audience? Please join us on November 15, 2018 as we talk to professors about their experience writing for and being published in The Conversation, one of the many resources used by UConn Communications to help disseminate faculty research to the general public. Featuring UConn faculty […]
Background Michele Femc-Bagwell is Associate Professor in Residence in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Neag School of Education at UConn. She is a former high school English teacher, middle school assistant principal, principal, and holds a Connecticut Superintendent’s certificate. In her 14-year career at UConn she has served as the director of the […]
On October 30, 2018 CSCH collaborated with the Public Health House Learning Community to host an event titled Field of Dreams: Building Links in Health and Education Using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. The event built on prior opportunities to engage undergraduate students in learning and active discussion around topics related […]
Team Science Principles in School and Child Health Research
On October 17, 2018, for the second year, CSCH participated in Research Connections, a networking event sponsored by the UConn Learning Communities intended to expose first and second year students to undergraduate research. The CSCH booth stayed busy throughout the evening, with undergraduate students from many disciplines stopping to engage in conversation about opportunities in […]
Fleming-Milici, Harris, and Liu (2018) Researchers used an online survey to examine parents’ support for policies to reduce unhealthy food and beverage marketing to children and adolescents.
Together with the UConn Neag School of Education, CSCH cohosted a Twitter Chat about the importance of bridging the gap between home and school for diverse students on Monday, October 10, 2018. The chat was co-sponsored by El Instituto and Rebecca Campbell-Montalvo, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Neag School of Education, was the featured guest. Participants […]
Raissian, K. and Houston Su, J. (2018) Authors used the Infant Feeding Practices Study (IFPS) II (n = 1008) to examine mothers who intended to breastfeed but did not actually breastfeed. Results suggest that mothers who intended to breastfeed had infants with fewer infections compared to infants whose mothers did not intend to breastfeed, irrespective […]
Himmelstein, M. and Puhl, R. (2018) This study examined four sources of stigma and their respective coping responses among 148 adolescents enrolled in a national weight loss camp.
Foster, Schwartz, Grenier, Burke, Taylor, & Mobley. (2018) Pairs of low‐income and food‐insecure mothers and fathers of children participated in one‐on‐one interviews to answer questions from the USDA 18‐item Household Food Security Survey Module measure using the think‐aloud method. Findings suggest that gender is related to interpretation of key concepts relevant to food insecurity.
Sarah Roseberry Lytle, Adrian Garcia-Sierra, and Patricia K. Kuhl (2018) This study investigates the effect of the presence of peers on infant foreign-language phonetic learning from video.
The Fight for Physical Literacy – Fall 2018
Adding Context to ‘Breast is Best’ – October 3, 2018
Background Ruth Lucas, RN, is an Assistant Professor in UConn’s School of Nursing. She began her career as a maternal child nurse and spent much of it working with mothers as they tried to breastfeed. Lucas observed that although there was a lot of research on mothers and breastfeeding, there was less robust science that […]
More Kids are Eating Fast Food – and Not the Healthy Options – September 27, 2018
Cooksey-Stowers, K., Martin, K. & Schwartz, M. (2018) Researchers surveyed a sample of food pantries clients about: (a) their level of support for interventions designed to promote healthy food choices in pantries; (b) why they select specific items in pantries, and (c) how shopping at the food pantry fits into their monthly food acquisitions.
CSCH Live Talk by Rebecca Campbell-Montalvo, PhD – October 2017
Andreyeva, T. and Henderson, K.(2018) This study evaluates the food environment for preschool-age children in CT child care centers through a survey of center directors and describes center-reported adherence to the CACFP nutrition regulations.
On September 24, 2018, the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health held its second Encore Conference. The Encore conference provided an opportunity for participants to learn about work related to school and/or child health that CSCH affiliates had presented previously at external conferences. It included a poster “encore” session (sharing work already presented in […]
Puhl, Rebecca M. and Himmelstein, Mary S. (2018) Using a weight loss treatment-seeking sample of adolescents, the study assessed adolescents’ emotional reactions to words their parents use to describe their weight and preferred language for these interactions.
Peterson, E. L., Pidano, A. E., & Honigfeld, L. (2018) Researchers evaluated patient, clinician, and situational factors associated with pediatric primary care providers’ (PPCPs) reported likelihood to refer hypothetical patients with mental health concerns to mental health specialists.
Findings from the NEEDs2 Project
An Overview of the NEEDs2 Project
The Science is Clear: Separating Families has Damaging Psychological and Health Consequences – June 22, 2018
Auerbach, E. R., Chafouleas, S. M., & Briesch, A. M. (2018) Researchers interviewed a small sample of state-level stakeholders to supplement the findings from an earlier study looking at the guidance provided by states on their websites regarding school-based social, emotional, and behavioral (SEB) screening.
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F. G. Miller, A.H. Johnson, H. Yu, S.M. Chafouleas et al (2018) The study examined the reliability and validity of data derived from three commonly utilized school-based behavioral assessment methods on academically engaged, disruptive, and respectful behavior.
LGBTQ Teens Experiencing High Levels of Stress, says National Survey – May 15, 2018
Presentation at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 39th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care (Chicago, IL) by Moriarty Daley, A., Polifroni, E.C., & Sadler, L. – March 2018 Click to View & Download
T. Andreyeva et al (2018) Researchers assessed the dietary quality of lunches and feeding practices for preschool-age children at 97 licensed child care centers in Connecticut, and made comparisons by participation in a federal food assistance program.
Pediatricians look for the best language to discuss weight with children – April 22, 2018
Starbucks Classrooms, Plus Six Other New Approaches in Education – April 3, 2018
R. L. Pearl and R. M. Puhl (2018) Researchers reviewed 74 studies assessing the relationship between Weight bias internalization (WBI) and health and interventions de-signed to reduce WBI and improve health.
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CSCH Live Talk by Lisa Sanetti, PhD – October 2017 ï»¿
Presentation at the ASCD Empower 18 Conference (Boston, MA) by Chafouleas, S., M., Femc-Bagwell, M., Brooks, A. M., & Edmondon, B. – March 2018 Click to View & Download
R.M. Puhl and M.S. Himmelstein (2018) Adolescents enrolled in a national weight loss camp completed an online survey about their preferences for words that health providers use to refer to their body weight.
Splett, J. W., Chafouleas, S. M., & George, M. W. R. (2018) This special issue focuses on the features necessary to improve the accessibility of children’s behavioral health services, and describes the practices and outcomes of innovative state and local community partnerships.
K. Eklund, E. Rossen,T. Koriakin, S.M. Chafouleas & C. Resnick. (2018) The study examines the availability and use of trauma screening measures to detect early indicators of risk among youth in schools.
Lindsay J. DiStefano et al (2018) Through a series of landing tests, this study compared children who participate in multiple sports to those who specialize in one sport. The study found that sport sampling at a young age is associated with improved neuromuscular control, which may reduce injury risk in youth athletes.
Sports Sampling May Reduce Injury Risk in Young Athletes – February 26, 2018
Healthy Drink Can Pack a Punch in Preschooler’s Lunch – February 22, 2018
Sandra M. Chafouleas et al (2018) This paper reviews evidence on trauma-specific interventions targeted to students exhibiting negative symptoms and highlights trauma-specific interventions. The authors discuss the potential impact of interventions that are part of a school-wide trauma-informed approach.
CSCH Live Talk by Jaci VanHeest, PhD – October 2017
School-Based Universal Behavior Screening: an analysis of state and district-level guidance regarding school-based, universal screening for social, emotional, and behavioral risk
Kooken, J., McCoach, D. B., & Chafouleas, S. M. (2018) Using measures of behavior from 575 middle school students, the researchers compared the results of several multilevel growth mixture models.
Think Little Kids are Safe from Food Ads? Think again – December 15, 2017
Jennifer L. Harris and Svetlana S. Kalnova (2017) This paper describes two studies: the first uses Nielsen advertising exposure data to compare pre-schoolers’ and older children’s exposure to food advertising in 2015. The second study exposed young children in a child-care setting to child-directed food ads, measured their attitudes about the ads and advertised brands, […]
Amy M. Briesch, Sandra M. Chafouleas and Ruth K. Chaffee (2017) This paper describes the ﬁndings of a systematic review of state-level websites to identify the extent to which state departments of education have provided speciﬁc guidance with regard to the who, what, where, when, and why of universal social, emotional, and/or behavioral screening practices.
CSCH is pleased to announce and congratulate the awardees of our FY2018 seed grant competition. These grants provide funds to investigators to support projects that align with the vision of CSCH to promote an integrated approach to health and learning through collaborations across the components within the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. […]
Minkos, Chafouleas, Bray, & LaSalle (2017) The study used a multiple-baseline across subjects design to examine the effect of a daily, audio-delivered, mindful breathing intervention on adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties in an alternative educational setting.
The UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH) was excited to partner with co-sponsors UConn and the UConn Foundation to host the first Science Salon of the 2018 series. The event, “How Schools Succeed by Nurturing the Whole Child,” took place on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Lyceum in Hartford, Conn. […]
CSCH Live Talk by Sandra Chafouleas, PhD – October 2017
As part of an initiative to provide multi-media training for CSCH affiliates, the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health partnered with the Public Health House Learning Community to host a live filming of TED-like talks on October 30, 2017. Over 80 undergraduate students and graduate students constituted the live audience as four CSCH affiliates […]
Fallon, Sanetti, Chafouleas, Faggella-Luby, & Briesch (2017) Discussion of a preliminary single-case multiple-baseline study designed to improve interrater agreement between observers’ and teachers’ self-report ratings of treatment integrity by providing teachers with comprehensive, direct training.
Jennifer L. Harris et al (2017) This study examines the effects of health messages promoting nutrient-poor foods in child-directed advertising.
Presentation at the 22nd Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health by Auerbach, Long, Koriakin, Briesch, & Chafouleas – October 2017 Click to View & Download
Presentation at the 22nd Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health by Auerbach, Koriakin & Chafouleas – October 2017 Click to View & Download
On September 18, 2017, the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health held its first annual Encore Conference. The Encore conference provided an opportunity for participants to learn about work related to school and/or child health that CSCH affiliates had presented previously at external conferences. It included a poster “encore” session (sharing work already presented […]
Maia Hyary and Jennifer L. Harris (2017) This observational study compared time spent visiting food/beverage websites for Hispanic and non-Hispanic children and youth. It found that Hispanic children and youth were less likely to visit the Internet overall, but more likely to visit food/beverages websites, compared with their non-Hispanic peers.
Fast-food restaurants pledged to offer healthier options for kids. How have they done? – August 10, 2017
Marlene B. Schwartz et al (2017) This longitudinal, observational study measured plain milk selection and consumption the first year flavored milk was removed in a school district and two years later. the study found that school-wide per-student consumption of plain milk increased over time.
No Chocolate Milk? No Problem, Kids Get Used to Plain Milk – July 14, 2017
CSCH is pleased to announce and congratulate the two awardees of our FY2017 seed grant competition. These grants provide funds to investigators to support projects that align with the vision of CSCH to promote an integrated approach to health and learning through collaborations across the components within the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) […]
The Adolescent Adjustment Project (AAP) is a longitudinal NIH-funded research project directed by Dr. Christine McCauley Ohannessian at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Its primary goal is to uncover factors that protect young people from developing psychological and substance use problems. For more information, contact Christine McCauley […]
Daley, A.M., Polifroni, E. & Sadler, L. (2017) A metasynthesis of 12 qualitative research studies examining adolescents’ expectations of their health care providers.
Parents Concerned About Unhealthy Food Marketing to Children – April 19, 2017
Rebecca M. Puhl et al (2017) This longitudinal study examines weight-based teasing in adolescence and its potential health consequences in adulthood, including obesity, unhealthy weight-control and eating behaviors, and poor body image.
Rhema Fuller, Jennifer McGarry, et al (2017) This case study chronicles research on campus-community partnerships over the thirteen-year existence of Husky Sport.
Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class – March 21, 2017
Marlene B. Schwartz, et al (2017) This article describes an observational experiment that looked at whether a local campaign to reduce consumption of sugary drinks was associated with a decrease in grocery store drink sales.
Melissa A. Collier-Meek, Lisa M. H. Sanetti, Lindsay M. Fallon (2017) This article describes the concept of evaluating treatment integrity through an applied behavior analysis (ABA) lens and outlines practical strategies for how school psychologists might apply this idea to support teachers.
Miller, F. G., Crovello, N. J., & Chafouleas, S. M. (2017) Response to a Daily Report Card (DRC) intervention was monitored using two different approaches: Direct Behavior Rating–Single Item Scales and systematic direct observation probes.
Jennifer L. Harris, Maia Hyary, and Marlene B. Schwartz (2016) This article describes the results of study in which students and parents viewed and rated different kinds of snacks in four experimental conditions.
Panel Discussion after CSCH screening of the documentary film Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope – November 2016
Marlene B. Schwartz (2016) This invited commentary discusses an ongoing debate about whether to use incentives or restrictions in improving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to support healthy eating and nutrition. Please note that a JAMA Internal Medicine subscription account is required to view the full article.
With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Rudd Foundation, researchers at the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity developed WellSAT, which allows users to assess the quality of their school district’s written wellness policy.
Prepared by the Community Research Alliance (CRA), with significant input from the Institute for Community Research, faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, CT and the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT, with support from the UCONN Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) Guidelines-Executive Summary PDF
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
The overall objective is to establish the preliminary effectiveness of a video-based exercise intervention, or “BrainErgizersTM,” that can be incorporated into the school day as a classroom physical activity brain break. For more information, contact: Lindsay DiStefano
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: […]
Junk Food Makers Market Look-Alike ‘Smart Snacks’ In Schools To Mislead Kids, Study Claims – September 1, 2016
Look-alike ‘Smart Snacks’ Confuse Students, Parents – August 31, 2016
Study: “Copycat Snacks” in Schools Confuse Parents and Kids – August 31, 2016
New Faculty Projects Will Advance Academic Plan – July 13, 2016
July 13, 2016 In 2013, UConn launched a comprehensive process to develop a new academic vision and identify initiatives that will enable the University to enhance excellence in research and education. One of the priority areas identified in that process was health and wellness. CSCH is pleased to announce that is has received a 3-year […]
Rebecca L. Smith and Ruth Lucas (2016) This article describes research evaluating nurses’ knowledge regarding the early initiation of breastfeeding in preterm infants.
Rebecca Puhl, Young Suh, and Xun Li (2016) This article describes the results of a study looking at parental support for enactment of laws and policies to protect youth from weight-based bullying.
S. Megan Berthold & Kathryn Libal (2016) This article addresses the rights of migrant children to rehabilitation, health, and well-being, particularly when held in US detention.
Eating Two Breakfasts Is Better Than Eating None – March 23, 2016
Fight Childhood Obesity In Preschools, Child Care Centers, New Report Says – March 22, 2016
2 Breakfasts May Be Better Than None For School Kids – March 17, 2016
Kids who eat two breakfasts are less likely to be overweight than those who eat none – March 17, 2016