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Community-based Research

Brown Bags                        


The CACRD Brown Bag Series was designed to encourage and support multi-disciplinary, community-based research at Binghamton University, at any stage of development. The first presentations were held in the Fall of 2011. 

2011 Archived Brown Bag Discussions

Tuesday, September 27                           11:30 – 1:00          

Dr. Susan Seibold-Simpson, Nursing

"Participation in Outside Activities as a Mediator of Adolescent Behavioral Outcomes"

To what extent do organized activities mediate the effect of protective and risk factors on adolescent health risk behaviors? Dr. Simpson will discuss her preliminary findings of research conducted about students in Broome County schools.

View Dr. Simpson's presentation here (27.2 MB).

Tuesday, October 11                                11:30 -  1:00          

Dr. Brandon Gibb, Psychology

“Integrating cognitive and genetic models of risk for depression in children.”

The goal of this talk to describe two potential ways of integrating cognitive and genetic models of depression risk: (i) information-processing biases as an intermediate phenotype for specific genetic influences, and (ii) gene x cognition x environment models of depression risk.

View Dr. Gibb's presentation here (1.17 MB)

Monday, October 24 12:30 – 2:00

Dr. Tania Alameda-Lawson, Social Work

"Inside the Black Box of School-based and Community-Focused, Collective Family Engagement"

The term black box has been used in a variety of fields—from the natural to the social sciences—to refer to the unknowns of a particular intervention. Although the social work, school counseling, psychology and educational research literatures have identified needs for engaging low-income, ethnically diverse families (including the barriers and facilitators for engagement); much of the extant research and theorizing on family engagement remains a black box. This presentation presents findings from a qualitative study which describes the theoretical and practical underpinnings of an intervention that was successful in engaging families in three geographically distinct and ethnically diverse, low-income communities. Specifically, my findings show that, in spite of important differences between contexts, cultures, and communities, the basic social processes associated with the program/intervention were characteristically the same across sites. I conclude by discussing implications for community-based practice and research.

Wednesday, November 9 11:30 – 1:00

Dr. Tom Sinclair, Public Administration

"Fiscal Distress Among Broome County's Municipalities"

Are Broome County's local governments reaching the limits of their fiscal capacities? Are there objective measures for assessing a municipality's financial condition, and what effects do changes in its condition have on the people and services of a community?

If you would be interested in presenting your research, or research idea, contact Dr. Mischen. 

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Last Updated: 11/15/13