New Projects

Dr. Holli Seitz received funding from the MSU Office of Research and Economic Development for an undergraduate research program titled “Advancing Undergraduate Research in Communication Science.” This funding will allow her to provide research experiences in the Message Laboratory for two undergraduate students in the coming year.

Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale will serve as Principal Investigator for year 3 of the Focus4Teens Evaluation. The research goal is to collect and analyze evaluation data on efforts to enhance teen pregnancy prevention in the Mississippi Delta by expanding access to and use of youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services to vulnerable youth ages 15-19 in the region. Dr. Mary-Read Wahidi will serve as Co-PI. The project is sponsored Mississippi First and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale will serve as Principal Investigator for year 5 of the USAID Soy project. The research goal is to understand gender inequity in the agricultural sector in order to help transition rural women, their families, and their communities towards better food security, health and economic development. Dr. Mary-Read Wahidi will serve as a Senior Research Scientist. The project is sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain and the US Agency on International Development.

Dr. Linda Southward will serve as Principal Investigator for a planning grant to determine the feasibility of establishing the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi. The project is sponsored, in part, by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Visitors

The SSRC hosted Dee and Pug Winokur on October 27th. While here, they met with individuals on different projects. These meetings included Dr. Arthur Cosby and Dr. Linda Southward of the SSRC, Dr. John Green from the University of Mississippi School of Law, members of Delta Directions, Sammy Moon from the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers, Dean Chris Snyder from the Mississippi State University Shackouls Honors College, and others.

Survey Lab

On behalf of the Tobacco Control Unit at the Social Science Research Center, the Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laboratory is conducting a survey measuring public opinion regarding the taxation of tobacco products. The dual-frame (landline & cellphone), random-digit-dial, telephone-based survey includes a representative sample of 800 adults residing in the state of Mississippi. The primary investigator for this research is Dr. Robert McMillen, Associate Director of the Tobacco Control Unit and Professor of Psychology. The survey administration is being directed by Dr. John F. Edwards, MAFES Research Scientist and Associate Research Professor at the Social Science Research Center.

Awards & Recognitions

Megan Stubbs-Richardson was awarded the Graduate Paper of Distinction Award for her paper entitled, “Strain among Bullying Victims: Considering the Effect of Alternative Relationships on Prosocial, Asocial, and Antisocial Responses to Physical, Verbal, Relational, and Cyber Bullying” at the Mid-South Sociological Association.

Dr. Heather Hanna and Mississippi KIDS COUNT were featured in a Clarion-Ledger story, “Inequity in Mississippi as clear as black and white.” Read the full story.

Ms. Hasna Khandekar and Ms. Nia Sims received the first Greenberg Scholarship Award. The award presented at the SSRC Open House by Dr. Linda Southward.

Personnel

During the SSRC’s Annual Open House, Dr. Arthur Cosby installed 6 new Research Fellows:

  • Christopher Archibald, Ph.D.
  • Cindy L. Bethel, Ph.D.
  • Viktorija Car, Ph.D.
  • Susana Cervantes, J.D.
  • Taylor Shelton, Ph.D.
  • Ioannis Ziogas, Ph.D.

Publications & Reports

Burns, M. A. & McKee, D. (2017, October). 2017 SSRC Annual Report. Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University.

Seitz, H. H., Schapira, M. M., Gibson, L., Skubisz, C., Mello, S., Armstrong, K., & Cappella, J. N. (2017). Explaining the effects of a decision intervention on mammography intentions: The roles of worry, fear, and perceived susceptibility to breast cancer. Psychology & Health. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2017.1387261.

Presentations, Panels, & Conferences

McClelland, E. (2017). An Update From Mississippi Tobacco Data. Invited Presentation to the Mississippi Tobacco Control Network.

McMillen, R. (2017). Nicotine & Mississippi. Invited Lunch Presentation at The 2017 Annual Conference of the Mississippi Public Health Association.

Stubbs-Richardson, M. (2017, October). Strain among Bullying Victims: Considering the Effect of Alternative Relationships on Prosocial, Asocial, and Antisocial Responses to Physical, Verbal, Relational, and Cyber Bullying. Presented at the Mid-South Sociological Association in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Giron-Legarda, J., Stubbs-Richardson, M., May, D. C., & Sinclair, H. C. (2017, October). Predicting Cyberbullying in Mississippi: The Impact of Alienation, Belonging, and Social Media. Presented at the Mid-South Sociological Association in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Nelson, S., Sinclair, H.C., Stubbs-Richardson, M., May, D. C., Goldberg, R., & McCleon, T. (2017, October). “Us Against the World”: An Overview of Groups and Bullying using Findings from the Reasons for Retaliation Project. Presented at the Mid-South Sociological Association in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Tatch, Andrew. (2017, October). Looking Beyond the Individual: Examining Contextual Covariates of Impaired Driving in Mississippi. Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology. Cleveland, Ohio.

Tatch, Andrew. (2017, October). Basic Socio-Demographic Differences in Findings from the 2008 National Survey of Drinking and Driving Attitudes and Behaviors. Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Mid-South Sociological Association. Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Schapira, M. M., Hubbard, R., Seitz, H., Conant, E., Schnall, M., Cappella, J., …Armstrong, K. (2017, October). The impact of a risk based decision aid on age of first mammogram: Results of a randomized clinical trial. Paper to be presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making, Pittsburgh, PA.

Schapira, M. M., Lipkus, I., Seitz, H., Armstrong, K., Conant, E., Schnall, M., …Hubbard, R. (2017, October). The role of felt ambiguity and anticipated regret in breast cancer screening decisions. Poster to be presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making, Pittsburgh, PA.

Guttmann, K., DeMauro, S., Flibotte, J., & Seitz, H. (2017, October). A qualitative analysis of parental perspectives on diagnosis and prognosis of NICU graduates with cerebral palsy. Poster to be presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making, Pittsburgh, PA.

SSRC Chronicles: October 2017