CPRC Seed Grant Awards

2020 - 2021

  • Research Team: Ayesha Sania, Sc.D., MPH, Columbia Department of Psychiatry, Maristella Lucchini, Ph.D., Columbia Department of Psychiatry, William Fifer, Ph.D., Columbia Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Carmela  Alcántara, Ph.D., Columbia School of Social Work, Dani Dumitriu, M.D., Ph.D., Columbia Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
  • Summary: As part of the COVID-19 Mother Baby Outcomes Study (COMBO), this study will measure the quality of toddlers’ sleep to understand the predictors of toddler sleep health, including racial and ethnic disparities, and their individual and structural determinants. 
  • Research Team: Angela Simms, Ph.D., M.A., Department of Sociology and Urban Studies Program, Barnard College-Columbia University, and Amy Zhou, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, Barnard College-Columbia University
  • Summary: Through in-depth interviews, this study seeks to understand how faculty and students experience public health education institutions’ recent work to incorporate anti-racist approaches into their curricula. 
  • Research Team: Daniel Belsky, Ph.D., Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Epidemiology
  • Summary: This study will examine the biological impact of anti-poverty interventions on young people using a novel method measuring the pace of aging in the body. In doing so, the study aims to test the hypothesis that reducing poverty can slow the pace of aging, and provide a proof-of-concept for future social-policy experiments to build aging health equity.
  • Research Team: Kelli Stidham Hall, Ph.D., M.S., Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Population and Family Health
  • Summary: This study will examine models of care for postpartum women who use drugs that account for structural and socioenvironmental drivers of maternal health inequities. The findings from this study will inform strategies to address structural racism and discrimination as well as social determinants of health in obstetric substance use services across the U.S.
  • Research Team: Lauren Houghton, Ph.D., Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Epidemiology, and Nim Tottenham, Ph.D., Columbia University Department of Psychology
  • Summary: This study will investigate the validity of measuring early-life stress and resilience through both adolescent and adult saliva cortisol and DHEAS levels. The study’s results will inform whether DHEAS is a viable biomarker for understanding associations between stressful early-life events and hormonal regulation in population-based studies.
  • Research Team: Seth Prins, Ph.D., MPH, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Epidemiology
  • Summary: This longitudinal, multi-level study will investigate the relationships among aggressive community policing, school discipline and arrests, and adolescent health outcomes in New York City.
  • Research Team: Goleen Samari, Ph.D., MPH, MA, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Population and Family Health, Jennifer Hirsch, Ph.D., Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Sociomedical Sciences, and Heather Wurtz, Ph.D., Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Sociomedical Sciences
  • Summary: Through a series of qualitative interviews, this study will examine immigrant women’s perceptions of xenophobia and experiences navigating additional barriers to seeking and receiving sexual and reproductive healthcare in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2019-2020

  • Research Team: Brooke West, Ph.D., MA, Columbia School of Social Work, Morgan Philbin, Ph.D., MHS, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Sociomedical Sciences, Pia Mauro, Ph.D., Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Epidemiology, Jaih Craddock, Ph.D., MSW, M.A., University of Maryland School of Social Work
     
  • Summary: Through in-depth qualitative interviews, this pilot study will research the experiences of overdose among HIV-negative postpartum women with opioid use disorder, including participants’ health system experiences, their overdose, HIV/STI treatment, and/or maternal health needs, and the social and structural factors that drive both overdose and HIV/STI infection.
  • Research Team: Catherine Monk, Ph.D., Columbia Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Psychiatry, and Pamela Scorza, Ph.D.,  Columbia Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Psychiatry
     
  • Summary: This study explores how childhood trauma impacts pregnant women and their infants’ oxytocin levels. The results of this study will support follow-on research on the impact of trauma-sensitive obstetric care on oxytocin in the perinatal period.

Research Team. Alissa Davis, Ph.D., Columbia School of Social Work, Susan Rosenthal, MD, Department of Pediatrics, and Nial Bolger, Ph.D., Department of Psychology 

Summary. This study will use digital phenotyping to elucidate daily processes of social interactions and adolescent mental health status and alcohol/substance use in New York City. Click here to learn more.

Research Team. Samantha Winter, Ph.D., Columbia University School of Social Work

Summary. This pilot web-based psychoeducation training aims to alleviate the mental health consequences of the pandemic for community leaders in informal settlements in Rio de Janeiro and Nairobi.

Research Team. Yao Lu, Ph.D., Columbia University Department of Sociology and Neeraj Kaushal, Ph.D., Columbia University School of Social Work

Summary. The study team will conduct a nationally representative survey to investigate the extent to which COVID-19 has exacerbated anti-Asian prejudice and discrimination and if such intensified discrimination has permeated to the socioeconomic arena to affect the labor market outcomes and social experiences of Asian Americans.

Research Team. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University and Elizabeth Ananat, Ph.D., Barnard College, Columbia University

Summary. This project aims to add a COVID-19 module to the 18th wave of The New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS).

Research Team. Belinda Archibong, Ph.D., Barnard College, Columbia University

Summary. This study seeks to estimate the causal impact of information-communication on households’ communication-risk sharing, expenditure, mental wellbeing, and gender relations in the context of COVID-19.

Research TeamWilliam P. Fifer, Ph.D., Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Carmela Alcántara, Ph.D., Columbia University School of Social Work, and Noelia M. Zork, MD, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Summary. This is the first prospective, longitudinal matched case-control study to investigate how child neurodevelopment is impacted by maternal gestational diabetes mellitus and/or gestational hypertension in the context of maternal stress and depression related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.

Research Team. Dani Dumitriu, MD, Ph.D., Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Catherine Monk, Ph.D., Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Summary. This study will examine psychosocial stress within the context of COVID-19 as a potential pathway in the relationship between race and poor sleep. This is a subcomponent of a large mother-infant study conducted under a new interdisciplinary initiative: Maternal and Child Research Oversight (MaCRO) Committee.