Previously Funded Research

Youth Court2015/16

Community-Driven Research Day Grants:

  • Using Social Media to Increase Awareness, Reduce Stigma, and Foster Discussion around Hepatitis B in Philadelphia (Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP, FAHA, Julia Alber, PhD, MPH in partnership with Chari Cohen, DrPH, MPH, Hepatitis B Foundation)

CPHI’s Interdisciplinary Public Health and Community-Research:

  • Piloting a health coaching intervention to increase contraceptive continuation among adolescents at high risk for unintended pregnancy (Aletha Akers, MD, MPH);
  • Dance, Social Networks, and Behavior (Terri Lipman PhD, CRNP, FAAN in partnership with In The Dance);
  • Understanding the Public School Experience of Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Youth in Philadelphia (Amy Hillier, MSW, PhD in partnership with Kel Kroehle, Director of the Bryson Institute, the Attic).


Community-Driven Research Day Grants:

  • Community Integration: A Psychometrically Sound, Usable Tool for Agencies.  (Phyllis Solomon, PhD, Ryan Petros MSW in partnership with Mary Kay Tuohy, Director of Outpatient and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs at Elwyn Philadelphia).


Community-Driven Research Day Grants:

  • Exploring Store Owner Perspectives: Factors for Success in Creating Healthier Corner Store Environments
    • Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD; Allison Karpyn, PhD
    • In collaboration with Penn School of Medicine and The Food Trust


  • Experience of Recovery from a Mental Illness
    • Nancy Hanrahan, PhD; Phyllis Solomon, PhD; Matthew McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH
    • In collaboration with Penn School of Nursing, School of Social Policy and Practice

Community-Driven Research Day Grants:

  • Youth Court: Does Participation Enhance School Attendance, Connectedness, and Behavior?
    • Keith Bailey; Julie Becker, PHD, MPH; Joel Fein, MD, MPH
    • In collaboration with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility 
    • (photo at right)


  • Linking Metropolitan Agriculture to Healthful Food Relief
    • Domenic Vitiello, PhD, JA Grisso, MD MSc, Steveanna Wynn, Michael Nairn
    • In collaboration with Penn (School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Design), and the SHARE Fod Program
  • Evaluation of a Novel Nonprofit Supermarket in Chester, PA
    • Amy Hillier, MSW PhD, Marina Barnett, MSW DSW, Latifah Griffin, Nicole Thomas, MBA
    • In collaboration with Penn (School of Medicine, School of Design), and Philabundance
  • Increasing Activity in the Community: Dance for Health
    • Terri H. Lipman, PhD CRNP FAAN, Carolyn C. Cannuscio, ScD, Gillian Bazelon, PhD, Joseph R. Libonati, PhD, Alexandra L Hanlon, PhD
    • In collaboration with Penn (School of Medicine, School of Nursing), and the The Dr. Bernett L. Johnson Jr. Sayre Health Center

Community-Driven Research Day Grants:

  • The Contribution of the Built Environment & Social Interventions to Reduce Violence and Enhance Health in Low Income At-Risk Urban Families
    • Terry Guerra, MS; Terry Richmond, PhD CRNP FAAN
    • In collaboration with AchieveAbility
  • Money Power Respect
    • Shelah Harper, MBA; Anne Teitelman, PhD CRNP FAANP; Susan Sorenson, PhD; Ellen Volpe, PhD MSN
    • In collaboration with the Asia Adams Foundation


  • Public Opinion about Paying People to Quit Smoking
    • David Asch, MD MBA; James Park, MD, MPH
    • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Wharton School of Business
  • The Role of a University/School Partnership and Undergraduate Student Support in Developing an Effective Recess Program
    • Matthew Hartley, EdD; Caroline Watts, EdD; Stella Volpe, PhD; Mary Summers, MA, MS; Stephen Leff, PhD; Sigal Ben-Porath, PhD
    • Graduate School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Arts and Sciences, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Unmet Needs of Asian and Pacific Islander Cancer Survivors
    • Giang Nguyen, MD, MPH, MSCE; Frances K. Barg, PhD; Mai-Nhung Le, DrPH, MPH; Roxanna Bautista, MPH, CHES; Fidelia Butt, MD
    • In collaboration with Penn (School of Medicine, School of Arts and Sciences), and the Asian & Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network


  • Developing Adolescent RADAR to Screen for Adolescent Dating Violence
    • Joel Fein, MD, MPH; Peter Cronholm, MD, MSCE; Christine M Forke, MSN, CRNP; JA Grisso, MD, MSc
    • In collaboration with Penn (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the School of Medicine), and the Institute for Safe Families
  • The PREVENT Project
    • Peter F Cronholm, MD MSCE; Frances Barg, PhD; Christine M Forke, MSN RN CRNP; Jeffrey Draine, PhD
    • In collaboration with Penn (SAS, SOM, SP2, CHOP, Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research), Neighborhood Youth Achievement Program (NYAP); Congreso de Latinos Unidos; Institute for Safe Families; Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR); the Philadelphia Dept of Human Services; the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Community Services Fatherhood Initiative; PDPH (Division of Maternal, Child, and Family Health); WHYY (learning lab)
  • Innovative Methods to Evaluate Impacts of Urban Community Gardens
    • Domenic Vitiello, PhD MCP; JA Grisso, MD MSc
    • In collaboration with Penn (Design, SOM, SON), Isles, and the Camden City Garden Club
  • The Use of Mobile Telemedicine for Remote Diagnosis in HIV Infected Patients in Botswana
    • Carrie Kovarik, MD; Rahat Azfar, MD; Doreen Ramogola-Masire MD; Martin S. Greenberg DDS; Joel Gelfand MD MSCE; Gordana Cavric, MD PhD; Ann Steiner, MD; Zsofia Szep MD; Sarah Ratcliffe PhD; Leslie Castelo-Soccio MD PhD; Robert Lee MD PhD; Rachel Gormley, MSIV; Ivy Lee Keltner, MD; Jennifer Wienberg MSIV; Kelly Quinley MSI
    • In collaboration with Penn (CCEB, Dental, SOM, Botswana-UPenn Partnership), Philadelphia VA, Princess Marina Hospital, 14 community clinics and district hospitals in Botswana
  • A pilot study of substance abuse, trafficking, and everyday violence as the downstream products of political violence and civil war
    • Frances Barg, PhD; Philippe Bourgois, PhD; Charles Branas, PhD
    • In collaboration with Penn (SAS, SOM, Cartographic Modeling Lab, IUR, LDI, Firearm and Injury Center) and Universidad Francisco Morroquin


  • Barriers to Health and Education for the Children of Women with Low Literacy
    • I. Bennett, MD, PhD; S. Wortham, PhD; V. Gladsden, PhD
    • In collaboration with Penn (School of Medicine and Graduate School of Education), The Center for Literacy, Acción Comunal Latinoamericana de Montgomery County and The Maternity Care Coalition
    • Visit the SNAPPS guide, a project funded in part by this grant to help families in the Norristown area get their children into quality preschool and pediatric services
  • Evaluating Access to Healthy Foods for Women, Infants and Children
    • A Hillier, PhD; J. McLauglin, MS, RD; M. Chilton, PhD; C. Cannuscio, ScD; A. Karpyn, PhD; L. Kilby, MS, RD, LDN; K. Gross, MPH
    • In collaboration with Penn (School of Design and School of Medicine), Drexel University School of Public Health, the Food Trust and N.O.R.T.H