CHSS Connection: Grants & Contracts
November/December 2020 issue
Chronister receives grant for mental health counseling students’ training in disability and chronic illness
Professor of Counseling Julie Chronister was awarded a $1,000,000 federal training grant to increase the supply of mental health counselors trained in disability and chronic illness. The grant will provide training stipends to 10-15 mental health counseling students each year over the next five years, with the goal of increasing the number of professional mental health counselors trained in disability and chronic illness entering the workforce. Disability and chronic illness touches at least 20 percent of the U.S. population and is particularly high among those from BIPOC communities and our older adult communities. This grant will increase our students’ knowledge, skills and competencies to effectively work with these communities.
Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics Gretchen George (Family, Interiors, Nutrition & Apparel Department) and Associate Professor of Kinesiology Nicole Bolter received a 2020-21 Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) grant, funded by the CSU Chancellor's Office. This grant will support the implementation of their project, Reducing Anti-Fat Attitudes and Weight Bias Among First Year Experience Students. The focus of this pedagogical study is to support student awareness, action and appreciation for the social justice issue of weight stigma. Research shows that many careers related to serving people (e.g., medicine, nutrition, counseling, physical education) have documented that weight stigma and bias exists and thus potentially creates barriers to patient care. The exposure to a three-module within an existing FYE course is hypothesized to facilitate student understanding of fat phobia and anti-fat biases, then to assist them in being better practitioners when they go onto their future careers.
Associate Professor of Child & Adolescent Development Linda M. Platas has received support for her work with the Development and Research in Early Math Education (DREME) Network. The DREME Network was created in 2014 to advance the field of early mathematics research and improve young children’s opportunities to develop math skills. The network focuses on math from birth through age eight years, with an emphasis on the preschool years. Network members and affiliates collaborate to conduct basic and applied research and develop innovative tools that address high-priority early math topics and inform and motivate other researchers, educators, policymakers and the public in the U.S. Platas works on three of the DREME projects: Teacher Education, Family Math, and Math +.