Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring Symposium & Poster Session, 2017





The spring symposium was a success, and we thank all of you who attended. On March 27, 2017, we had nearly 75 attendees, more than 20 poster presentations, and a productive discussion about challenges often faced when recruiting research subjects by Katherine Baucom (Psychology) & Paul LaStayo (Physical Therapy).



Throughout the event, we were especially impressed by the connections that continue to be made among faculty and students from across campus. Events like this remind us what an important role C-FAHR plays in supporting and fostering interdisciplinary research among scholars interested in families and health.

C-FAHR Fellows


C-FAHR is committed to thinking about ways we can support the interdisciplinary training of graduate students at the University of Utah.  To this end, we have developed the C-FAHR Fellow program for the 2017-2018 school year.

Fellows will participate in a C-FAHR sponsored mentoring program in the fall, provide feedback to the C-FAHR executive committee about what types of interdisciplinary training would benefit them, and participate in a project-based course during Spring 2018 where they will collaborate in small teams to produce manuscripts using innovative statistical techniques to model family-based processes and health outcomes.  

Up to 10 fellows will be selected for the 2017-2018 school year.  Fellows will be awarded a $1000 stipend.  Applications are due by May 15, 2017.

More information can be found on the flier below:
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2017 Pilot Grant Awardees

The following four interdisciplinary teams have been recently selected to receive funding from the C-FAHR Research Fund.  Their collaborations and pilot projects are sure to move C-FAHR in exciting and new directions.


C-FAHR Pilot Grant Award Winners, 2017

PI
Collaborators
Affiliations/Departments
Project Title
Anne Kirby
Marissa Deiner
Cheryl Wright
Occupational Therapy Family Consumer Studies
The role of parents in preparing youth with Autism for Adulthood
Brian Baucom
Lee Ellington
Maia Reblin
P. Georgiou
Psychology
Nursing
Moffit Center
Engineering


Mapping the complexity of communication in caregiver systems for advanced cancer patients
Bruce Ellis
Daniel Adkins, 
Daniel Carlson
Elisabeth Conradt
Sheila Crowell
Lisa Diamond

Psychology
Anthropology
Sociology
Psychiatry
Family Consumer Studies Gender Studies


Recruitment of at-risk youth for a series of interdisciplinary studies
Debra Scammon
Michael Magill
Christy North
Business
Family & Prev Medicine
Creating Quality Inc


Integrating family caregivers into primary care teams:  Best Practices


C-FAHR members, 
the next RFP to the C-FAHR Research Fund 
will likely to be announced in Fall 2017.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Presentations by C-FAHR members

The annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America occurred the week before Thanksgiving in New Orleans.  There were a number of C-FAHR members in attendance and presenting.  

Here are a few of the presentations that were captured:

Kara Dassel (Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program) is presenting work done by pilot grant awardee team of Neng Wan (Geography), Linda Edelman (Nursing), Gail Towsley (Nursing), and Alex Terril (OT).  They are doing fascinating work using GPS technology to track the "life-space" of couples coping with chronic illness.  

Becky Utz (Sociology), Mike Caserta (Nursing/Gerontology), and Kathie Supiano (Nursing/Gerontology) presented their work on bereavement and end of life.
We look forward to seeing these posters and learning more about this work at the C-FAHR poster symposium in the spring of 2017.

If any of you are traveling and presenting your work and would like to be highlighted on our blog, please contact becky (rebecca.utz@utah.edu)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Cross-Cutting Research -- Integrating Knowledge Across Domains


Integration


In a recent C-FAHR symposium, we discussed an article called:

Integrating knowledge across domains to advance the science of health behavior: overcoming challenges and facilitating success  by Klein, W.M..P., Grenen, E.G., O’Connell, M. et al. Behav. Med. Pract. Policy Res. (2016). doi:10.1007/s13142-016-0433-5


Abstract

Health behaviors often co-occur and have common determinants at multiple levels (e.g., individual, relational, environmental). Nevertheless, research programs often examine single health behaviors without a systematic attempt to integrate knowledge across behaviors. This paper highlights the significant potential of cross-cutting behavioral research to advance our understanding of the mechanisms and causal factors that shape health behaviors. It also offers suggestions for how researchers could develop more effective interventions. We highlight barriers to such an integrative science along with potential steps that can be taken to address these barriers. With a more nuanced understanding of health behavior, redundancies in research can be minimized, and a stronger evidence base for the development of health behavior interventions can be realized.
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Following a brief discussion of the article, we highlighted research from two of our colleagues -- Lisa Aspinwall and Yelena Wu -- who are looking at the behaviors associated with melanoma, the barriers that people perceived to practicing sun-safe behaviors, and potential interventions aimed at decreasing the risk of melanoma by increasing the use of sun-safe health behaviors.  We used these two research examples as a starting point to think about how research in one area might be applicable to other health behaviors and health outcomes, and how methods and findings from other domains may be used to streamline the development of interventions.  Click here for the slides and a video recording of the session: http://www.utah.edu/faculty/c-fahr/activities/index.php   
One of the goals of C-FAHR is to think about how to bring together teams of researchers to answer larger questions about health of families.  Given this discussion, one promising direction for us to pursue is the similarity (and difference) of family-based health processes across multiple chronic conditions.  As the article states, we imagine that we have much to learn from integrating our knowledge across health domains, rather than replicating our results and duplicating our efforts by studying only one illness domain.  For example, what we learn from diabetes may be easily applied to what we want to know about cancer, and vice versa.  If you would like to be part of this conversation and explore the formation of a working group aimed at studying multiple chronic conditions, please leave a comment below or contact Becky (rebecca.utz@utah.edu) or Cindy (cynthia.berg@csbs.utah.edu).  

Monday, September 12, 2016

Statistical Consultation for C-FAHR Members

C-FAHR Statistical Consulting

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About the Service:

The C-FAHR statistical consulting program is intended for members of C-FAHR, particularly faculty, to assist with grant applications, papers, pilot research and activities that will contribute to the interdisciplinary goals of C-FAHR. Consultation is not generally available for individuals outside of C-FAHR. Consultation is not available for class work (both undergraduate/graduate) or statistical tutoring. Limited assistance will be provided for master’s theses, dissertations, and graduate student projects, time permitting.


Scheduling Consultation:

To schedule a consultation, please email cfahr-consulting@utah.edu with:

  1. A brief description of the consultation request
  2. Whether the consultation is in service of a grant, paper, pilot research, or something else (please identify)
  3. Whether the request is coming from a faculty member, postdoc, or graduate student, plus their home department


Consultants will aim to respond to requests for consultation within 3 days to arrange an appointment, or to request further information to aid in assigning consulting requests.



Consultants:
The C-FAHR consultants are faculty members who have experience and exposure to a wide variety of statistical methodology, so please do not hesitate to make inquiries regarding any statistical or data analytic method or topic. Their areas of strongest interest and specialization are as follows:

  • Pascal Deboeck: familiarity and interest in a wide range of methodologies for the analysis of repeated observations on individuals/groups.

  • Daniel Adkins: structural equation modeling, psychometrics, longitudinal modeling, big data, parallel computing, bioinformatics and statistical genomics.

Friday, August 19, 2016

2016-2017 Events

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C-FAHR is pleased to announce an exciting set of discussions, symposia, and workshops for this coming academic year.  These events are aimed at highlighting, fostering, and supporting interdisciplinary research teams studying topics related to families and health.  


September 12
330 to 530

Location: 
LNCO 1100

 
Fall Symposium

Introducing the C-FAHR Cluster Hire 
Daniel Adkins (Sociology), Pascal Deboeck (Psychology), Bruce Ellis (Psychology & Anthropology), Kim Kaphingst (Communication & Huntsman Cancer Institute)

Research Presentations by 2015 Pilot Grant Awardees
·       Does Family Caretaking Inflate the Gender & Immigrant Health Gaps?  Megan Reynolds (Sociology) & Norm Waitzman (Economics): 

·       Promoting Resilience After Stroke in Survivor/Caregiver Dyads: Developing an Intervention:  Alexandra Terrill, Beth Cardell, Lorie Richards (Occupation Therapy), Justin MacKenzie (Physical Medicine Rehabilitation), and Maija Reblin 

Member Mixing & Mingling
October 17
4 to 5

Location:  CNB 2300
Data & Design Discussion -- What should I do with my data?
 
Julie Fritz (Physical Therapy) and Pascal Deboeck (Psychology).  This will be an interactive discussion where one researcher presents his/her data and research design and one methodologist (plus the audience) brainstorm together potential analytic strategies to answer specific research questions.
November 14
4 to 5

Location: 
LNCO 1100
Data & Design Discussion -- Utilizing environmental data for health research

Alex Philp  from Upstream Research http://www.upstreamresearch.com/ will highlight the data and tools they are developing to monitor environmental influences on health and well-being. 
December 5
4 to 5

Location: 
HSEB 4100C
Research Presentations by 2015 Pilot Grant Awardees

·         Maternal Depression: Epigenetic Pathways to Child Problem Behavior  Elisabeth Conradt & Sheila Crowell (Psychology), Bob Silver and Jeanette Carpenter (OB-GYN), David Nix (Bioinformatics), Hillary Coon (Epi & Genetics)

·         The Air of Heirs:  Shared Environment, Shared Genes & Health Effects of Air Quality:  Heidi Hanson & Jim Vanderslice (Dept Family Prev Medicine), Ken Smith (Family & Consumer Studies & Huntsman Cancer Institute)
January 23
4 to 5

Location:  TBA
Grant Writing Resources

·         Panel Discussion:  What services and resources does the CCTS provide?  
·         Forming new teams to address active NIH solicitations
February 27th
4 to 5

Location:  CNB 2400
Data & Design Discussion -- Research Using the Utah Population Database

Ken Smith  (Director, Utah Population Database) will give an overview of the UPDB, highlighting examples of research projects done by C-FAHR related teams
March 27
330 to 530

Location:  CNB 2400


Spring Symposium

Challenges in Recruiting & Retaining Families for Research
Katherine Baucom (Psychology) & Paul LaStayo (Physical Therapy)

Poster Session.  All C-FAHR members are welcome to participate; C-FAHR pilot grant & grad student awardees are expected to participate

Member Mixing & Mingling 

Members, if you have any ideas for events that you would like to see C-FAHR offer, please let us know.  Provide a comment below, or reach out to Cindy (cynthia.berg@csbs.utah.edu) or Becky (rebecca.utz@utah.edu) with your ideas.