CHSS Connection: Publications

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

September/October 2020 issue

Gen publishes book on nonprofits in policy advocacy

cover of Sheldon Gen's bookSheldon Gen, associate professor in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement, published a book on policy advocacy tactics and strategies employed by nonprofit organizations, titled “Nonprofits in Policy Advocacy: Their Strategies and Stories” (Palgrave Macmillan). Coauthored by former SF State faculty member Amy Conley Wright (now at the University of Sydney), the book reports original findings from case studies of 32 advocacy campaigns and a survey of more than 800 nonprofits in the US. Their application of Q-methodology — a scientific approach to studying subjectivity — revealed six unique strategies toward policy change. Case studies tell the stories of how advocates apply these strategies in a wide variety of issues including civil rights, criminal justice, education, energy, environment, public health, public infrastructure and youth. 

Hoff authors book chapters on HIV/AIDS research and sexual and gender minority populations

Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health book coverColleen Hoff, director of the Center for Research & Education on Gender and Sexuality and professor of Sexuality Studies, published a chapter titled “Why Focus on Gay Couples in HIV Prevention Research?” in the book “LGBTQ Health Research: Theory, Methods, Practice” (Johns Hopkins University Press). The book was edited by R. Stall, B. Dodge, J. Bauermeister, T. Poteat and C. Beyrer.

Hoff also published the chapter “HIV/AIDS and Mental Health among Sexual and Gender Minority Populations” in “The Oxford Handbook of Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health” (Oxford University Press), edited by E. Rothblum.

Peper coauthors study of heart rate variability biofeedback

Professor Erik Peper, Holistic Health faculty member in the Department of Recreation, Parks, Tourism, coauthored an article titled “A Single Session of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Produced Greater Increases in Heart Rate Variability Than Autogenic Training” in the Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Journal. The study integrated a single-session of heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback and autogenic training into a high-technology mobile application and examined the effects on HRV indices, breathing rates and subjective relaxation scores. 

Article by Peper, Harvey and students discusses acid reflux and breathing

Professors Erik Peper and Richard Harvey of the Department of Recreation, Parks, Tourism coauthored an article with three SF State students, Lauren Mason, Lisa Wolski and Jasmine Torres. The article, "Can acid reflux be reduced by breathing?," was published in the August/September 2020 issue of Townsend Letter. The article discusses the importance of breathing training to address gastroesophageal reflux disease, which includes enhancing venous and lymph circulation and changing inter-abdominal pressure in the abdomen; abdominal breathing as an early intervention strategy and prevention of acid reflux; and the importance of transferring breathing/stress management skills into daily life.

Peper, Harvey describe ways to decrease initial dose of virus

Professors of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Erik Peper and Richard Harvey published an article, “Reduce Initial Dose of the Virus and Optimize Your Immune System,” in Townsend Letter. The authors discuss ways of reducing one’s initial dose of exposure to COVID-19 by increasing fresh air circulation. In addition, they identify factors that strengthen or weaken the immune system.