Research Projects

Growing a Healthy Community: Families Building Sustainable Gardens and Community Spaces

The purpose of this study is to work along with parents, grandparents and others who live and work in the Beechwood neighborhood in Rochester, N.Y. to understand and document the co-construction of spaces to grow food, develop a business, and build a community.

Sankofa Communiversity

Sankofa Communiversity is an intergenerational, collaborative community of research, scholarship and social activism.

Project SyncOn: Online Professional Learning for Middle Grades Mathematics Teachers in Rural Contexts 

This NSF-funded project provides teachers in rural school districts access to innovative online professional learning experiences in mathematics, and studies the online activities to better understand the limitations and benefits.

Cognitive Training to Protect Immune Systems of Older Caregivers

This study tests the effectiveness and mechanisms of cognitive training for spousal caregivers of patients with dementia in protecting against chronic stress-induced aging of the immune system.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Family Caregivers of Dementia Patients

This study seeks to identify the role of mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) training in enhancing adaptive immune responses and influenza infection in older dementia caregivers.

Neurophysiological Aspects of Vision-Based Speed of Processing Cognitive Training in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment

This study examines the effectiveness of a vision-based cognitive training module for improving cognition among older adults with mild cognitive impairment. 

Project REBUILD-VL: A Resilience-Building Intervention to Prevent Late-Life Depression with Vision Loss

This project aims to strengthens the capacity of older adults with vision loss to cope with current and future problems in order to prevent new depression symptoms and reduce current symptoms.

Project READ: A Literacy Program for At-Risk Students

A partnership with Rochester’s School 33, with a focus on first graders, providing tutoring services, in-class-support, professional development, and family literacy activities.

Freedom Schools as Settings for Youth Development: Identifying Community-Based Assets and Accountability Criteria

This case study examines varied forms of cultural capital as indicators/criteria for youth development grounded in community goals and standards for their school-aged children. 

Department Chairs: School Leadership's Missing Link

This study strives to frame the skills that secondary school department chairs need to manage effectively their programs.

Motivation and College Success

This work is expanding the cultural motivation theory model to incorporate cultural orientations to explain students’ intent to persist and GPA.

Publishing Engineering Writing: Access and Participation in Professional Practices

This study investigates how engineers write for publication and how students and post-docs learn the professional practices related to disseminating research findings.

Past Research Projects