Starting July 1, 2022, CARHD will provide one-time support to graduate students presenting CARHD project data as an author/co-author at professional conferences. We expect to be able to award funding for a limited number of travel awards of up to $500 each. Funds for 2022-23 may be used for travel that occurs after July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. Students may only apply once for reimbursement from this fund per year; preference will be given to first-time applicants and 1st authored presentations. Applications for funds are due at least two weeks prior to travel/attendance. Please click HERE for details.
New School-Based Diversion Initiative Evaluation
We are proud to announce that beginning Spring 2022, Drs. Beth Russell and Preston Britner will collaborate with CT Children’s Health and Development Institute to evaluate the state-wide School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI). The multisystemic SBDI intervention seeks to support positive outcomes for high-risk youth by reducing involvement in the Department of Justice, reducing school-based mobile crisis team referrals, and reduce disciplinary infractions in the educational system. These goals are pursued through professional development training in the school system that promotes trauma-informed and restorative practices.
USDA-Funded SCFS Evaluation Project
We are proud to announce that Dr. Marlene Schwartz has collaborated with CARHD to evaluate a 5-year USDA NIFA funded training program. Through this intensive, hands-on program Sustainable Community Food System (SCFS) Fellows will come to understand social, political, economic, and environmental roadblocks to creating sustainable, equitable, and community-based food systems and have tools to seek innovative and comprehensive solutions.
New ACEing EITC Project with Dr. Tambling
We are proud to announce that Dr. Tambling is engaged in a new project with The Village. The project, ACEing EITC, focuses on the uptake of the EITC at tax time, and enrollment in other financial services, through The Village’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program as a mechanism for the reduction of risk factors for adverse childhood experiences. Dr. Tambling will provide consultation and support for the evaluation of the federally- funded program.
UConn’s Parent Education Program Now Online
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UConn Parent Education Program recently moved online! All sessions currently are being offered on a secure WebEx platform. Currently we are offering one Saturday session per month, but we are working towards two Saturdays/month in the near future. See the Parent Education Program webpage for days, times, and more details!
Collegiate Recovery Programs and the Promotion of Psychosocial Development and Adjustment: A Student Development Perspective
The Center for Applied Research in Human Development congratulates Dr. Anne Thompson Heller on her successful defense of her dissertation.
It is with great pride that CARHD was able to fund this study through Dr. Ron Sabatelli. We wish her all the best in her new adventures. We will look forward to consulting with her on future projects!
Parent Experiences with Technology-Enabled Early Childhood Services
The Perigee Fund is embarking on a one-year national project to systematically capture lessons learned and future implications from the rapid acceleration of technology-enabled early childhood services in response to COVID-19. Dr. Chazan-Cohen leads a study in hopes to hear more from parents who are affected by poverty, racism, and/or trauma in receiving key early childhood and family supports remotely.
Fatherhood Research and Practice Network Grant
CARHD is proud to announce the receipt of a competitive state planning minigrant under CARHD faculty PI Dr. Kari Adamsons, in partnership with CT Dept. of Social Services. The purpose of the minigrant is to conduct focus groups with fathers across the state of Connecticut who receive services from state agencies, to assess areas of strength and areas of need and to inform the state Fatherhood Commission’s strategic plan. Funding is provided by the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN). FRPN is a six-year project (2013-2019) awarded to the Temple University School of Social Work and the Center for Policy Research, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (#90PR0006). Its purpose is to build the evidence base in the fatherhood field, disseminate research findings on fatherhood programs and promote the use of research-based practices by fatherhood programs. Congratulations Dr. Adamsons!
New CARHD Project with UConn’s Collaboratory on School and Child Health
CARHD received seed funding from UConn’s Collaboratory on School and Child Health for a 2019 project titled “Truancy Prevention Efforts to Interrupt the School to Prison Pipeline”. This joint project between Beth Russell (CARHD) and Tammy Freeberg (The Village for Families and Children) will study program services and outcomes related to truancy prevention to reduce juvenile justice involvement in Hartford given recent policy changes per PA 16 147. Their project centers on informing future intervention development through stakeholder interviews with program staff, participants/families, and policymakers.
Parenting Apart Parent Education Program is now offered through CARHD
The Center for Applied Research in Human Development is the new home to the Parent Education Program, a court-ordered parenting class for divorcing parents. During monthly classes, parents learn how to buffer the impact of divorce on children, as well as techniques for keeping communication child-focused and positive after separation occurs. For more information, please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Beth Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org).