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Our faculty and students are engaged in important research seeking to solve the world’s most pressing problems. Each year, faculty and students make important contributions to the field which result in them participating in a wide-range of research projects, publishing peer-reviewed articles, and presenting important findings at conferences.

Research Office Newsletter – December 2020

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Date: December 2020


Research Brief: Explaining Racial Inequality in Food Security in Columbus, Ohio

This research was part of a larger study conducted in 2014 by a food mapping team who geo-coded over 700 surveys and collected data about food access, food shopping patterns, neighborhood environments, health conditions, food insecurity, and sociodemographic characteristics in Columbus, OH. Click here to view a PDF with full details.

Research Brief: Effects of Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy on Major Depressive Disorder

Results of this randomized clinical trial demonstrated the efficacy of psilocybin-assisted therapy in producing large, rapid, and sustained antidepressant effects among patients with MDD. These data expand the findings of previous studies involving patients with cancer and depression as well as patients with treatment-resistant depression by suggesting that psilocybin may be effective in the much larger population of MDD. Click here to view a PDF with full details.

Research Brief: Leaders in Research in the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

The College of Social Work is at the forefront in the fight against the opioid epidemic in Ohio with multiple research collaborations, grants, and community partnerships. The College of Social work is involved in a variety of studies to understand the impact of the opioid epidemic on individuals, families, and communities. Click here to view a PDF with full details.

Research Brief: “We want to go, but there are no options”

The social connectedness of diverse older adults has important implications for their health and well-being. Transportation plays an important role in the social connectedness and social integration of older adults. Despite the increasing number of diverse older adults nationally and locally, there is limited information on factors influencing their transportation behaviors. To address this gap, this study explored barriers and facilitators of transportation among diverse older adults, particularly older immigrants and refugees in Columbus.

Research Office Newsletter – September 2020

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Date: September 2020


Research Brief: Influence of Social Support on PTSD among Black Girls in Juvenile Correctional Facilities

Black girls bear a higher burden of juvenile justice involvement in the United States, relative to other racial/ethnic female groups. Emerging evidence suggests that system involvement is related to trauma histories and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This study investigated the associations between individual, family, and peer factors and their relationship to PTSD among Black girls with juvenile justice involvement.

Research Office Newsletter – June 2020

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Date: June 2020


Research Brief: Safe Routes to Age in Place

The number of older adults is steadily increasing in the US and across the globe. Aging is linked to an increased risk of disability. Disabilities that limit one or more major life activities such as seeing, hearing, walking, and motor skills impact a person’s ability to drive a car. While communities are challenged to create affordable and accessible mobility options, there are widely held, inaccurate biases around older adults’ abilities to contribute to the development and improvement of alternative transportation options.

Research Brief: Safer Society for Children

In the first half of 2017 alone, 1,764 cases of child sexual abuse (CSA) were reported in Pakistan. While reported cases of CSA have risen, efforts to combat this issue have either been narrow in outlook, or extremely small in scale. Safer Society for Children (SSC) was started by the Information Technology University of Punjab (ITU) to address the issue of CSA through targeted workshops for elementary school-age children, parents, teachers, police, and healthcare professionals. (more…)