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In the News

Dr. Colleen Sinclair wrote a blog for Psychology Today. When Good People Do Nothing can be found at

New Projects

Dr. Mary read-Wahidi (PI) and Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale (Co-PI) will conduct the program evaluation for Mississippi First’s Choose Your Method website and social media campaign. With financial support from the CDC, Choose Your Method is designed to increase knowledge of and access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services among vulnerable youth ages 15-19 across Mississippi.


Callie Poole was selected as a member of the Mississippi Act Early State team as a partner with the Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. The Institute for Disability Studies has been awarded funding by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address the need for an increased coordinated system of care and family engagement to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

Bradley LongTiara Love, and Callie Poole were selected as members of the Maternal & Child Health Community Coalition, sponsored by the Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health.

Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laborartory 

On behalf of the Tobacco Control Unit at the Social Science Research Center, the Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laboratory is administering the 2020 Mississippi Social Climate Survey of Tobacco Control. Results from this survey assist researchers in better understanding the degree to which people in Mississippi live in smoke free homes, work in smoke free environments, understand the health risks of using tobacco, and talk to their children about tobacco use. Funding for this research is provided by the Mississippi State Department of Health. This telephone-based survey of the general public will include a representative sample of 1,500 adults residing in the state of Mississippi. The primary investigator for this project is Dr. Robert McMillen, Professor of Psychology. The survey administration is being directed by Dr. John F. Edwards, associate research professor at the SSRC.


Dr. Holli Seitz, who directs the Message Laboratory, recently organized an interactive statewide science communication workshop. On September 2, MSU brought together scientists, staff, and graduate students from five Mississippi Universities for the inaugural Mississippi Science Communication Summit. The virtual workshop was facilitated by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University and funded by a grant Seitz received from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Events Sponsorship Program.

Publications & Reports

Crosbie E, Snider K, McMillen R, Hartman J, Alvarez F, Dahir V. (2020). Expanding Smoke-free Communities: Attitudes and Beliefs Surrounding Smoke-Free Casinos and Bars in Washoe County, Nevada. Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy4. doi: 10.21037/jhmhp-20-78

Stubbs-Richardson, M. & May, D. C. (September, 2020). Social contagion in bullying: An examination of strains and types of bullying victimization in peer networks. American Journal of Criminal Justice. DOI: 10.1007/s12103-020-09572-y.

SSRC Chronicles: September 2020
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