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Families, Communities, and Health Workshop

The goal of the Families, Communities, and Health Workshop is to provide a forum where graduate students and faculty can gather to collaborate with each other on research papers that use longitudinal data to test models focusing on parent-child and marital interaction, deviant behavior and mental health, neighborhood conditions, school involvement, peer affiliation, romantic relationships, and physical health.  Most papers utilize data collected as part of the Families and Communities Health Study (FACHS) or the Iowa Youth and Families Project (IYFP). Both FACHS and IYFP consist of decades of information collected on several hundred parents and their children. The children in both studies are now adults and the parents are entering their senior years. Study variables were measured using observational, survey, and GIS data.  Recent waves of data collection have also included an assessment of health risk factors such as blood pressure BMI as well as blood draws to assess inflammation, blood sugar, and speed of biological aging. These projects are ongoing and have been funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Aging, the National Institute of Mental Health, National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2021, the American Association of Public Opinion Research gave the FACHS project the Inclusive Voices Award which recognizes important data sets, research, and survey methods that have improved the ability to study complex social phenomena related to understudied populations.

Students and faculty with common interests identify papers that they would like to pursue together. The workgroup then serves as a medium where the authors can present and get constructive feedback regarding their theoretical model, measures, findings, and form of the manuscript. The basic philosophy of the group is that research is always better when it involves collaboration.

 

Sociology Faculty

Ron Simons

Ron Simons

Man-Kit Lei

Man-Kit Lei

Leslie Simons

Leslie Simons

Kandauda Wickrama

Kandauda Wickrama

Ryon Cobb

Ryon Cobb

Steve Beach

Steve Beach - Psychology

Sociology Graduate Students

Alyssa Brown

Alyssa Brown

Megan Steele

Megan Steele

Chelsey Adams

Chelsey Adams

Krysten Long

Krysten Long

Keely Fox

Keely Fox

Stephanie Hanus

Stephanie Hanus

Yue Zhang

Yue Zhang

Shelby Clark

Shelby Clark

 

Collaborators from other Universities

Velma Murry

Velma Murry

Vanderbilt University

Eric Stewart

Eric Stewart

Florida State University

Sierra Carter

Sierra Carter

Georgia State University

Tara Sutton

Tara Sutton

Mississippi State University

Antoinette Landor

Antoinette Landor

University of Missouri

Ashley Barr

Ashley Bar

University at Buffalo

Eric Klopack

Eric Klopack

University of Southern California

Patricia Warren

Patricia Warren

Florida State University

Mark T. Berg

Mark T. Berg

University of Iowa