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Peter Martin receives funding for health-personality assessment
Peter Martin, professor of human development and family studies, received an $84,385 award from the Unitedhealth Group. This award supports the development and application of an assessment to optimize healthcare communication between health care providers and older adults. The innovative health personality assessment captures health traits and behaviors, including health neuroticism, health extraversion, health openness, health agreeableness and health conscientiousness from an individual difference perspective. These health personality traits can be related to health indicators, behaviors, and needs of older adults in order to provide optimal healthcare.

Tera Jordan receives funding for kinship care research
Tera Jordan, associate professor in human development & family studies, received $15,000 from the Youth Policy Institute of Iowa (YPII) to assess barriers and challenges facing families and social workers in kinship caregiving. Iowa State University's Child Welfare Research and Training Project will work to conduct interviews, record and enter response data, analyze interview results and generate reports for the YPII.

Many former public.iastate.edu faculty websites can be built on College of Human Sciences research website
As the University sunsets the public.iastate.edu website service, the College of Human Sciences offers an alternative to sites.iastate.edu for their own faculty. Review some of the new sites or request yours now.

SPIT lab continues to expand research on puberty, hair analysisWhile puberty is something that everyone experiences, there is little explanation for how those changes affect one's physical and mental health. The Stress Physiology Investigative Team (SPIT) Laboratory at Iowa State is working to understand...


Suzanne Bartholomae receives funding for rural healthcare research
Suzanne Bartholomae, assistant professor in human development and family studies and state extension specialist in family finance, received $3,385 from the University of Wisconsin Madison. The funding will be used to conduct focus groups with nurses in rural healthcare. The project explores the integration of financial capability services in rural healthcare delivery to help support patients’ abilities to cover ongoing medical expenses, thereby improving financial and health outcomes. The project goal is to enhance the capacity of rural communities and extension educators across the region by integrating healthcare professionals’ perspectives into the development of tools, resources, and programs that support the integration of financial capability support services, by identifying effective partnership strategies, and by leveraging new opportunities for cost recovery.

Kere Hughes-Belding receives second-year funding to support high quality home visitation in Iowa
Kere Hughes-Belding, associate professor in human development and family, is leading a team of researchers to provide ongoing professional development to home visitors through the Partnering to Enhance Effective Reflection (PEER) communities of practice project. The Iowa Department of Public Health continues to fund this state led evaluation and quality improvement effort. This one year contract of $241,718 will help advance the family support home visiting agenda in Iowa.
Singing may reduce stress, improve motor function for people with Parkinson's diseaseThe results from a recent pilot study done by Iowa State researchers shows that singing may lead to improvements in mood and motor function for people with Parkinson's disease. While the data is only preliminary, assistant professor of kinesiology Elizabeth Stegemöller says that the improvements...


Janet N. Melby receives matching funds from two CPPC Allied Agencies
Janet Melby, adjunct professor in human development and family studies and director of the Child Welfare Research and Training Project, received matching funds for the AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children (APPC) from two separate Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) Allied Affiliate sites, Art Force Iowa ($3,000) and Community Youth Concepts ($1,500). Funds will supplement support for the program obtained through Volunteer Iowa and the Iowa Department of Human Services. The overarching aim is to strengthen families and protect children by building capacity of local communities to implement evidence-informed and evidence-based prevention strategies to prevent child mental, physical, and sexual abuse and neglect.

Janet N. Melby receives funding from Rush University Medical Center
Janet Melby, adjunct professor in human development and family studies, received a $79,768 subcontract from Rush University Medical Center, funded by the National Institutes of Health, for Steps to Effective Problem Solving. Funds for the third year of this four year project support observational services and consultation performed through Iowa State's Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology.

Raise the visibility of your research by establishing a CHS individual faculty research webpage
As the College of Human Sciences aims to increase communication about scholarly research, faculty now have the opportunity to establish a website that focuses on their research work. Sites may focus on an individual researcher's work or a research team's work. Review some of the new sites or request yours now.