Research

Generating and disseminating knowledge from scientific research is one of the primary missions of the VCU Department of Psychology. Faculty members published 3 books, 36 book chapters, and 201 journal articles in 2015-16. Over half (62.5%) of the full-time, tenure-track faculty (20) had federal, state, or foundation funding as principal investigators in 2014-2015. In 2015-16, departmental faculty and graduate students received more than $13.6 million in new funding from grants and contracts. The departmental funding portfolio is diverse with funding from the National Institutes of Health ($7.5 million in total costs), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ($532K in total costs), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) ($902K in total costs), the Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) ($1.3 million in total costs), and the Templeton Foundation ($423K in total costs).

There are several very noteworthy features about the department's research activity. First, faculty members are heavily engaged in applied research, particularly in the areas of health psychology, community interventions and health disparities, children and families, and social psychology. The entire department takes a scientist-practitioner approach to research — conducting research with a practical benefit for the local community and society as a whole, and using research to inform practice. Many faculty members have research projects that involve developing, evaluating and disseminating community interventions for treating or preventing behaviors (such as violence, smoking and drug use) with serious health risks.

Second, research in the department is a collaborative activity. Faculty members in the Department of Psychology collaborate on research with each other, with faculty around the university and with students. The department faculty is very collaborative; many of the department's publications include multiple faculty members as authors.

Students also are very active in applying for and receiving grants to fund their research. For 2015-16, one student was funded on an NSF Fellowship, two students were funded on F31 predoctoral training grants, one was funded on a R36 grant, and two students received funding from the Mind and Life Institute to conduct their research.

Faculty External Grant Funding for Last Three Years

Note that the table below includes only external grants for which our faculty are Principal Investigator (or Co-Principal Investigator). In addition to the grants listed below, our faculty participate in grant-funded research as Co-Investigators, Consultants, and Sponsors of student grants; they also participate in VCU funded research. To view faculty members' full grant activity, please view individual faculty pages. The funding period listed below does not include no-cost extensions.

 

Grant Funding Period Principal Investigator (PI/Co-PI) Funding Agency
Building Capacity for Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Among African American Young Adults 9/2015-9/2020 Belgrave, Faye Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
HIV and Substance Abuse Prevention Among African American College Students (U79 SP018098) 9/2010-3/2016 Belgrave, Faye Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Impact of Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigs) on Perinatal Immune Responsiveness and Birth Outcomes in Appalachia 9/2015-7/2016 Breland, Alison University of Kentucky
Mindfulness Meditation Training in Lonely Older Adults 9/2015-7/2020 Brown, Kirk Carnegie Mellon University
The Effect of MBSR of Episodic and Prospective Memory Function in Aging Adults 1/2013-12/2014 Brown, Kirk Mind and Life Institute
From Intra- to Inter-Personal: Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on Emotional Regulation in Social Context 3/2013-7/2016 Brown, Kirk Mind and Life Institute
Mindfulness as a Buffer Against Peer Exclusion-Related Distress 1/2014-12/2016 Brown, Kirk University of Virginia
Smoking Cessation Workshops for LGBTQ Youth in Central Virginia 9/2015-8/2016 Butler, Deoborah American Psychological Association
Behavior and Toxicant Exposure Among Dual Users of Cigarettes and E-Cigarettes 9/2014-8/2016 Cobb, Caroline National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS
Can Parents Help Prevent Youth Tobacco Use? An Evaluation of Two Evidence-Based Parenting Programs. 7/2012-12/2015 Corona, Rosalie Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Integrating Tobacco Prevention Strategies into Behavioral Parent Training for Adolescents with ADHD 7/2015-6/2018 Corona, Rosalie Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Genes, Environments and Interventions: Understanding and Addressing Alcohol Misuse 9/2015-8/2020 Dick, Danielle National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/NIH/DHHS
Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism 9/2009-8/2019 Dick, Danielle State University of New York at Albany
Integrating Research, Coursework, and Technology to Create a Wellbeing Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University 9/2015-8/2017 Dick, Danielle Bringing Theory to Practice
Family Etiology and Prevention of Young Adult Addictive Behavior 9/2013-5/2017 Dick, Danielle Arizone State University
Preventing Underage and Risky Drinking Among College Students 6/2015-6/2016 Dick, Danielle Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
EMA and Lab Assessment of Nicotine Dependence Among Dual ENDS Users 5/2015-8/2017 Eissenberg, Thomas Truth Initiative
Early E-Cigarette Withdrawal: Time Course and Clinical Significance 12/2014-11/2016 Eissenberg, Thomas University of Alabama at Birmingham
Assessment of Tobacco Products Pharmacology and Behaviors 6/2014-4/2016 Eissenberg, Thomas Battelle Memorial Institute
Smoking Cessation Self-Help for Dual Users of Tobacco Cigarettes and E-Cigarettes 4/2015-1/2020 Eissenberg, Thomas H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
REALTIME Waterpipe Tobacco Smoke Toxicant Sampling in the Natural Environment 2/2011-11/2016 Eissenberg, Thomas National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS
Center for the Study of Tobacco Products (1P50DA036105) 9/2013-8/2018 Eissenberg, Thomas National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS
Waterpipe Tobacco Smoke: Toxicant Sampling in the Natural Environment (1R01 DA025659-01A2) 2/2011-11/2015 Eissenberg, Thomas National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS
A Community-Engaged Approach to Reducing Pediatric Asthma Disparities in Richmond 9/2015-8/2016 Everhart, Robin National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS
Using Ecological Momentary Assessment to Examine Caregiver Burden Related to Pediatric Asthma in Urban Families 1/2014-6/2015 Everhart, Robin Society of Pediatric Psychology
VCU ACE: Evaluation of a Comprehensive Approach to Youth Violence Prevention (1U01CE001956-01) 9/2010-9/2016 Farrell, Albert Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS
Teen Dating Violence Victimization in an Urban, High Risk Sample of Early Adolescents Measurement, Prevalence, Trajectories, and Consequences 1/2013-12/2016 Goncy, Elizabeth National Institute of Justice/Department of Justice
The Role of Racial Attitudes in Medical Interactions and Health Disparities 2/2013-1/2014 Hagiwara, Nao Wayne State University
Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects Research Coalition Core 7/2015-6/2018 Koch, John R. Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program in Substance Abuse Education, Treatment, and Prevention 2015-2016 7/2015-6/2016 Koch, John R. Institute of International Education
Efficacy of an Organizational Skills Intervention for Middle School Students with ADHD (R305A13001) 8/2013-7/2017 Langberg, Joshua Department of Education
Improving the Educational and Socio-Emotional Functioning of College Students with ADHD 7/2015-6/2016 Langberg, Joshua University of North Carolina
Parenting Children of Promise 7/2015-6/2016 Lotze, Geraldine Virginia Department of Corrections
Improving Adolescent Obesity Treatment: Exploring the Role of Parents 12/2015-11/2016 Mazzeo, Suzanne National Institutes of Health
Improving Diet via a School Cafeteria Intervention: Optimizing NSLP Policy Impact 7/2014-6/2016 Mazzeo, Suzanne National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS
Self-Management of Chronic Depressive Symptoms in Pregnancy 4/2016-3/2017 Mazzeo, Suzanne National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS
NOURISHing Families to Promote Healthy Eating and Exercise in Overweight (1R01 HD066216) 04/2011-3/2017 Mazzeo, Suzanne National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS
An Integrative Intervention for Binge Eating Among Adolescent Girls (R34) 9/2010-7/2014 Mazzeo, Suzanne National Institutes of Mental Health/NIH/DHHS
A Pragmatic Observational Treatment Integrity Instrument for Child Therapy 3/2016-1/2018 McLeod, Bryce National Institute of Mental Health/NIH/DHHS
Local Quality Assurance Tool for Family Therapy in Usual Care for Adolescent Substance Use 6/2015-5/2016 McLeod, Bryce CASAColumbia
Development and Validation of a Treatment Integrity Measure of Classroom-Based Instructional Interventions in Early Childhood Settings 9/2014-8/2018 McLeod, Bryce Institute of Education Sciences/Department of Education
Development and Validation of Child Therapy Integrity Measures (R01 MH08629) 5/2010-2/2015 McLeod, Bryce; Southam-Gerow, Michael National Institute of Mental Health/NIH/DHHS
Service Learning for Youth Offenders 8/2013-7/2014 Myers, Barbara Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
Stress Reactivity, Self-Regulation, and Diabetes Disparities 1/2016-12/2018 Perrin, Paul American Diabetes Association, Inc.
A Culturally Sensitive Intervention for TBI Caregivers in Latin America 4/2014-3/2017 Perrin, Paul American Diabetes Association, Inc.
Proposal to Test Lu AA21004 and Other Compounds in a Sustained Attention Task 1/2013-1/2015 Porter, Joseph Lundbeck, Inc.
Analyzing the Role of Astrocyte Elevated Gene-1 (AEG-1) in Malignant Glioma 1/2010-1/2015 Porter, Joseph; Sarkar, Devan James S. McDonnell Foundation
A Training Program in Primary Care Psychology for the Underserved and Homeless 7/2013-6/2016 Rybarczyk, Bruce Health Resources and Services Administration/DHHS
A Training Program in Lifespan Primary Care Psychology for the Underserved (PT105833 1D40HP19638-01-00) 8/2010- 6/2014 Rybarczyk, Bruce US Department of Health and Human Services
Providing Comprehensive Integrated Psychological Care to Adults and Children at the Hayes E. Willis Health Center 7/2015-6/2016 Rybarczyk, Bruce Virginia Health Care Foundation
A Bridge Toward Integrated Psychological Services for Latino Children and Increasing the Bilingual Psychologist Workforce in Richmond 7/2015-6/2016 Rybarczyk, Bruce Virginia Health Care Foundation
Genetics, Romantic Relationships, and Alcohol Misuse in Emerging Adulthood 5/2016-4/2021 Salvatore, Jessica National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/NIH/DHHS
An Analysis of Affective Behaviors that Provoke Tutor Feedback 10/2013-9/2016 Serpell, Zewelanji University of California, San Diego
Virginia Commonwealth University IMSD Program (VCU-IMSD) 2/2015-1/2016 Shivy, Victoria National Institute of General Medical Sciences/NIH/DHHS
Evaluation of the Efficacy and Sustainability of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in Increasing School Safety for Urban Low-Income Middle Schools 1/2015-12/2018 Sullivan, Terri National Institute of Justice/Department of Justice
Autism and Peer Victimization: Risk and Protective Factors, Outcomes and Implications for Intervention 7/2014-12/2015 Sullivan, Terri Organization for Autism Research
Promoting Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Competence in Adolescents with Disabilities: A School-wide Inclusive Violence Prevention Model (R32 4A100160) 3/2010-2/2014 Sullivan, Terri Institute of Education Sciences/ Department of Education
Clinical Trials Network Mid-Atlantic Collaborative Group 9/2015-5/2016 Svikis Pickens, Dace Johns Hopkins University
Special Project of National Significance (SPNS) 2015-2016 9/2015-8/2016 Svikis Pickens, Dace Virginia Department of Health
Computer vs. Therapist-Delivered Brief Interventions for Drug Abuse in Primary Care (R01 DA026091) 9/2008-6/2014 Svikis Pickens, Dace National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS
Risk and Protective Factors for Immune Health in Pediatric Cancer 6/2014-2/2017 Winter, Marcia National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS
Can Forgiveness Research Be Strengthened in West and South Africa? 9/2014-9/2017 Worthington, Everett Templeton Foundation
Relational Humility: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Studying Humility 8/2010-7/2015 Worthington, Everett Templeton Foundation
Developing a Behavioral Coding Scheme of Humility in Couples 1/2015-12/2015 Worthington, Everett Georgia State University
A Model of Bullying Based on Gratitude and Its Effects on Social Bonds 9/2012-7/2014 Worthington, Everett Georgia State University

 

Student External Grant Funding for Last Three Years
Grant Funding Period Principal Investigator (PI/Co-PI) Funding Agency
Psychosociocultural Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease Risk among Black Women (1F31HL122118) 1/2014-1/2016 Abrams, Jasmine (Belgrave, Faye) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS
Bridging the Empathy Gap: Effects of Brief Mindfulness Training on Helping Out-Group Members in Need 12/2014-12/2016 Berry, Daniel (Brown, Kirk) Mind and Life Institute
SATED: A Cultural Pre-Treatment for Disordered Eating Prevention Programs 9/2015-2/2017 Javier, Sarah (Belgrave, Faye) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/DHHS
Smoking Dissemination Activity Symposium for LGBT Youth 9/2015-8/2016 Javier, Sarah (Belgrave, Faye) American Psychological Association
Non-Medical Use of Prescription Stimulants for Weight Loss in Adolescents (F31 DA037713) 4/2015-4/2017 Jeffers, Amy (Benotsch, Eric) National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS
Effects of Cumulative Risk on Asthma Outcomes in Urban Children and Adolescents 8/2015-8/2016 Miadich, Samantha (Everhart, Robin) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS
Enabling family communication about cancer - Do you know your Kin Facts? (3R01 CA140959-02S1) 8/2010-4/2014 Rodriguez, Vivian (Bodurtha, Joann) National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS
Graduate Research Fellowship Program 6/2013-7/2016 Snipes, Daniel (Benotsch, Eric) National Science Foundation
The Effect of Electronic Cigarette (ECIG) Liquid Vehicles on ECIG Acute Effects (F31) 8/2015-8/2018 Spindle,Tory (Eissenberg, Thomas) National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS
Social Transactions in the Classroom, Racial Identity and Academic Achievement 11/2015-10/2016 Thomas,Krystal (Serpell, Zewelanji) American Psychological Association
Anti-Gay Harassment and Risk Taking: The Effects of Distress and Distress Tolerance (Graduate Research Fellowship Program) 6/2015-5/2016 Trujillo, Michael (Perrin, Paul) National Science Foundation