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Please join us in congratulating Applied Social Psychology faculty member, Dr. Lisa Bowleg, who learned last week that NIH has funded a 2-year administrative supplement to my NIDA-funded R01 study, Reducing Black Men's Drug Use and Co-Occurring Negative Mental and Physical Health Outcomes: Intersectionality, Social-Structural Stressors, and Protective Factors. The goal of the administrative supplement is to increase the number of Black bisexual men participants and establish bisexual men as a distinct sexual minority position.

Clinical Psychology program faculty member, Dr. Jody Ganiban, was awarded a one year NOSI supplement for her work on "Investigating the Magnification of Psychosocial Adversities for Children in the Time of COVID-19".

Dr. Cecilia Liu, a postodoctoral fellow working  with Dr. Ganiban, successfully secured a 2-year NIH supplement for her work on "Identifying Dynamic Change Processes in Growth Trajectories from Infancy to Early Adolescence.”

Congrats to all on these funding successes!

Congratulations to postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Chang Liu on a new publication in Child Development. The title is, "Child Effects on Parental Negativity: The Role of Heritable and Prenatal Factors" Clinical program faculty member, Dr. Jody Ganiban is a co-author. Congratulations!

Full reference and brief description below:
Liu, C., Ji, L., Chow, S.M., Kang, B., Leve, L.D., Shaw, D.S., Ganiban, J.M., Reiss, D., & Neiderhiser, J.M. (in press). Child Evocative Effects on Parental Negativity: The Role of Heritable and Prenatal Factors. Child Development.

Parenting is often considered to have a direct environmental impact on child development, with no clear acknowledgement of the role of the child. There have been exceptions to this unidirectional focus, with some advocating a focus on bidirectional influences between children and parents. For example, several studies report child effects on parental hostility during early childhood. It is still unclear, however, how children influence their parents’ behavior towards them. The current study examined two possible mechanisms, evocative gene-environment correlation and prenatal factors, in accounting for child effects on parental negativity. Participants included 561 children adopted at birth, and their adoptive parents and birth parents within a prospective longitudinal adoption study. Findings indicated child effects on parental negativity, such that toddlers’ negative reactivity at 18 months was positively associated with adoptive parents’ over-reactive and hostile parenting at 27 months. Furthermore, we found that child effects on parental negativity were partially due to heritable (e.g., birth mother internalizing problems and substance use) and prenatal factors (e.g., birth mother illicit drug use during pregnancy) that influence children’s negative reactivity at 18 months. The current study provides critical evidence for “child on parent” effects. It helps to clarify the mechanisms underlying child effects on parenting and provides new insight into the role of the child in shaping their own rearing environment.

Congratulations are in order to the following students and faculty who have recently published their research!

Applied Social Psychology doctoral students Charlotte Hagerman (4th year) and Zeljka Macura (5th year)'s research proposal titled, “The effects of implicit theories on body weight information avoidance”  has been accepted by Experimental Psychology as a Registered Report. Charlotte and Zeljka are at the forefront of best practices in social psychology with this paper. The research proposal went through two rounds of rigorous peer review, and resulted in this favorable outcome. Co-authors on the manuscript include Dr. Michelle Stock, Dr. Phil Moore, Dr. Tonya Dodge, and Dr. Phil Wirtz.

Deepti Joshi, a sixth year Applied Social Psychology student, recently had a paper, "Compensatory Physical Activity: Impact on Type of Physical Activity and Physical Activity Habits among Female Young Adults" accepted for publication in The Journal of American College Health. Applied Social Psychology faculty member, Dr. Tonya Dodge, is co-author on this paper.

Riko Boone, a fourth year Applied Social Psychology Ph.D. student, recently published "Structuring Sexual Pleasure: Equitable Access to Biomedical HIV Prevention for Black Men Who Have Sex with Men" which appears in American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Lisa Bowleg is a co-author on the paper.

2nd-year clinical students Sharanya Rao and Brian Clark, and Clinical faculty member, Dr. Sarah Calabrese, have a new article in press at Stigma and Health:
Rao, S., Mason, C.D., Galvao, R.W., Clark, B.A., & Calabrese, S.K. (in press). "You are illegal in your own country": The perceived impact of anti-sodomy legislation among Indian sexual minorities. Stigma and Health.

Congrats to all on this important work!

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