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Researchers to study impact of natural settings on well-being of people in institutionalized settings Tricia Neppl (left) and Julie Stevens[/caption]


Amie Zarling receives 5-year U.S. Department of Justice grant for evaluation of domestic abuse program in prison settings
Amie Zarling, assistant professor in human development and family studies, received $641,386 from the U.S. Department of Justice for a 5-year project to evaluate her program, Achieving Change through Value-Based Behavior (ACTV), in the prison setting for individuals at high risk for repeat domestic violence. Zarling will be principal investigator on the study, working collaboratively with the Iowa Department of Corrections to compare ACTV to traditional programming at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility. Zarling will examine the processes that need to occur for incarcerated individuals to make positive changes, and how correctional staff can facilitate these changes. The goal of the study is to evaluate and compare how well the programs prepare incarcerated individuals to re-enter their communities, rejoin their families, and reduce future family violence.

Peter Martin receives continued funding for research project on Health Personality Assessment
Peter Martin, human development and family studies university professor, received the next contract installation of $42,190, for a total of $354,841, from United Healthcare Service Inc. Martin developed the Health Personality Assessment (HPA) from 2016 to 2020. The goal for HPA is to “capture personality as it pertains to health and health behaviors” (Martin et al., 2020). Because of Martin’s research, both older adults and those involved in the healthcare field benefit with improved person-centered care. His project continues to explore the relationship between health personality and additional health behaviors, health variables, coping, and mortality.
Initiative takes advantage of existing data to solve community problemsIowa State University researchers are lending their expertise to help Iowa communities access and analyze solutions to some of the pressing problems these communities have been facing, by tapping into data the cities are already collecting.

Megan Gilligan receives funding to study the impact of familial death: Megan Gilligan, associate professor in human development and family studies, was awarded $33,377 from Purdue University. This award was funded by the National Institute on Aging for the third wave of data collection for the Within-Family Differences Study-Bereavement. This phase of the study will focus on the deaths of members of the oldest generation and the effects those deaths have on the health and well-being of their adult children and adult grandchildren.

Kere Hughes-Belding awarded funding to evaluate Iowa’s Project LAUNCH program
Kere Hughes-Belding, associate professor in human development and family studies, received $87,203 for her first year of her LAUNCH program evaluation. Project LAUNCH in Iowa is a five-year program that will improve mental health consultation and services to children and families in six counties in Iowa. It is a collaboration between the Iowa Department of Public Health, Drake University Head Start, and several collaborating mental health agencies. Mental health consultation will be provided to a variety of Head Start and cooperating preschool classrooms, and will increase access to clinical mental health services for children and caregivers. Funding comes from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration to the Iowa Department of Public Health.. The five-year project will have a total funding of $464,600.

Kere Hughes-Belding receives continued funding for PEER home visitor communities
Kere Hughes-Belding, associate professor in human development and family studies, received $215,392 of additional funding from the Iowa Department of Public Health. This funding will cover continued development of Partnering to Enhance Effective Reflection (PEER) home visitor communities of practice. This year, Hughes-Belding, Carla Peterson, and their research team are specifically focusing on building support for facilitators of the PEER groups to improve the quality of home visiting services for young children and their families in Iowa.

Jeong Eun Lee awarded grant for research on intergenerational care in custodial families
Jeong Eun Lee, assistant professor in human development and family studies, received $87,000 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for her five-year project. She will help ISU Human Science Extension and Outreach implement an evidence-based program, “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)” for custodial grandparents and their grandchildren. As there has been an increasing need for a program dedicated to custodial grand-families, the ACT program will provide tools and skill sets these families will benefit from, helping custodial grand-families cultivate psychological flexibility and develop caring and supportive family relationships.
Study examines biomarkers, economic factors that may increase risk for cognitive declineA team of Iowa State University researchers, including associate professor of human development and family studies Tricia Neppl, is collaborating with other universities' researchers and community programs to explore the idea that retina scans may reveal...

Grant to improve firefighters and first responders' protective glovesThe heat-protective gloves firefighters and first responders wear are thick, bulky and limit dexterity. That's why a team of Iowa State University researchers is working to improve the safety and function of the gloves as part of the personal protective equipment system.