New Projects

Dr. Sheena Gardner will serve as PI for the Rankin County Youth Court’s drug court enhancement project. Dr. Gardner will serve as the evaluator and will be responsible for monitoring the project’s adherence to best practice standards, tracking participant outcomes, and determining fidelity to evidence-based treatment models.

Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale (U.S. PI), Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi (U.S. Co-PI), Steven Cole of WorldFish/Zambia (Host Country PI), and Pamela Marinda of University of Zambia (Host Country Co-PI) have received funding to conduct “Assessing Facilitators and Barriers to Aquaculture and Fish Consumption in Zambia (Fish4Zambia).” Fish4Zambia is a 12-month project that aims to increase the quality and quantity of fish benefitting nutrition and food security in Zambia, especially for women and children who are in the first critical 1,000 days of life. The project was awarded by the Feed the Future Fish Innovation Lab (M. Lawrence, PI) through support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Survey Lab

The Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) is partnering with the Prevention Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis to collect data for a large research project funded by The National Institutes of Health. The purpose of this research is to better understand the physical activity practices of people living in southeast Missouri. The SRL is presently recruiting hundreds of survey respondents for participation in a multi-year, telephone-based survey that will track the respondents’ levels of physical activity over a three-year period. This data collection effort will establish a baseline for the respondents’ physical activity and continue to track related constructs during and following intervention methods designed to increase the physical activity practices of rural Missourians. The primary investigator for this study is Dr. Ross C. Brownson, Director of the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis. Dr. John F. Edwards will lead the data collection efforts on behalf of the Survey Research Laboratory at the Social Science Research Center.

Awards & Recognitions

The SSRC was mentioned in multiple news stories regarding it’s partnership in a new grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

Mary Grace Payne, an undergraduate research assistant in the Social Relations Collaborative, won first place in the student poster competition at the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association meeting at the Hunter Henry Center at Mississippi State University.

Publications & Reports

McClelland, E., Valentine, N., Gorzkowski, J., Winter, A., & McMillen, R. (in press). JUUL Awareness, Trial, and Continued Use among Undergraduate Students in Mississippi. Journal of the Mississippi Medical Association

McMillen, R., Winickoff, J. P., Gottlieb, M., Tanski, S., Wilson, K., & Klein, J. D. (2019). Public Support for Smoke-Free Section 8 Public Housing. Western Journal of Nursing Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/0193945919826238

Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi have just completed implementation of Wave II of the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab Gender Responsive Agricultural Development Assessment (GRADA-SIL II). This is an internal instrument developed by Ragsdale and Read-Wahidi – who lead theSoybean Innovation Lab (P. Goldsmith, PI) Gender Impacts team – to evaluate how the Lab’s research scientists, technicians, and other implementing partners in the U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa measure the gender-responsive agricultural impacts of SIL-related activities and trainings. The GRADA-SIL II results will be used to identify gaps and determine entry points to improve efforts to effectively implement gender responsive agricultural development into the Lab’s activities and trainings. To see the results, please view the attached fact sheet.

Presentations, Panels & Conferences

Hanna, H. L. & Green, J. (2019, February). The Mississippi YOU COUNT! Collaborative. Presented at the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association Conference, Mississippi State University.

May, D., Wells, M., Nelson, S., Cresswell, M. & Stubbs-Richardson, M. (2019, February). The Impact of a Caring Adult on Fear and Avoidance Behaviors at School. Presented at the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association conference at Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

Mauldin, W., Sinclair, H.C., & Utley, J. W. (2019). Replicating Replication Rates: An archival approach to estimating reproducibility. Paper accepted to the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference in Portland, OR. Symposium title: Replication Science.

McMillen, R., McClelland, E., & Gorzkowski, J. (2019). JUUL Trial and Use among Mississippi Undergraduate Students. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, San Francisco, CA.

Mims, R. (2019). Culture of Honor: Not just for boys anymore. Poster Presented at the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association Conference in Starkville, Mississippi.

Payne, M. G. (2019). Dear Diary: A Daily Diary Study of Experiences with Bullying in High School. Poster Presented at the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association Conference in Starkville, Mississippi.

Shumate, C. (2019). Identifiable Impact: Consequences of identity-based bullying in high school. Poster Presented at the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association Conference in Starkville, Mississippi.

Stives, K., May, D., Guess, M. Bethel, C., Eakin, D. & Pilkinton, M. (2019, February). Who Do Children Like to Be Interviewed By? Robots or Humans. Presented at the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association conference at Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

Xue, Y., Nelson, S., May, D., Sinclair, H. C. & Stubbs-Richardson, M. (2019, February). Examining Racial Differences in Cyberbullying among Youth Presented at the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association conference at Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

SSRC Chronicles: February 2019