Affiliate Projects

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Impact of COVID-19 on Family Caregivers of Children with Developmental Disabilities

The purpose of this project is to evaluate reported stress, caregiving burden, and personal well-being needs of caregivers of children with moderate and severe developmental disabilities  compared to caregivers of typically developing children. This study is funded by a seed grant from the University of Connecticut’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) to examine social and behavioral implications of COVID-19.

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Emily Iovino

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Family Treatment Court Best Practices

Children and families affected by a parent’s addiction served in family treatment courts (FTCs) experience a range of positive outcomes compared to traditional child welfare courts. This rigorous quasi-experimental study examines how FTC Best Practice Standards are being implemented and looks at their effectiveness (including cost benefit analysis) for quickly and permanently reuniting safe and sober families.

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Margaret Lloyd

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Implementation of an Educator Participatory Program for Improving Work Environments on Health and Wellbeing

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 to a group of administrators for approval, implementation, and evaluation.

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Lisa Sanetti


Adolescent Adjustment Project

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.

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Christine McCauley Ohannessian

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Effectiveness of Brain Breaks to Improve Physical Literacy

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.

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Lindsay DiStefano

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Low Cost Portable Device for Breastfeeding Diagnostics

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.

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Ruth Lucas