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Graduate Students Receive National Research Grants

Elise Fles, Keri Frantell, and Adam Maughan have all won Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) Grants-in-Aid to support their research on applied social issues. The grants, which range from $1,000-$2,000, are designed to fund research that extends scientific understanding of complex social problems. These competitive grants are awarded twice yearly, and two projects advised by Joe Miles and Patrick Grzanka, respectively, earned funding this round.

"Mountain Highs and Holler Lows: Substance Use and Suicide in Rural Appalachian LGBTQ+ Youth”
Investigators: Keri Frantell, Adam Maughan, and Joe Miles
Abstract: Using a critical participatory action research paradigm, we developed an online study to assess risk and protective factors for suicidality and substance use in LGBTQ+ youth and young adults in rural Appalachia. We will employ Bronfenbrenner’s ecological model (1979) and a Health Equity model (Fredriksen-Goldsen et al., 2014) to explore risk and protective factors that then allow us to inform prevention, intervention, and policy regarding the unique needs of a particularly vulnerable and under-researched population. 

"Demonstration Bias: Does Freedom of Speech Apply to Black Protesters?”
Investigators: Elizabeth (Elise) Fles and Patrick Grzanka
Abstract: In the United States, Black people who protest racial inequality have been routinely scrutinized and even criminalized. This experimental research explores whether White individuals interpret freedom of speech protections differently depending on protest topic and protestor race. Specifically, we expect that White respondents will view Black individuals’ protesting to be unprotected speech relative to White individuals’ protesting—regardless of the topic (e.g., abortion, marijuana legalization)—but that Black people protesting racism will be perceived as the least entitled to free speech. Regardless, our findings will contribute to ongoing scholarly and policy work on freedom of speech and social movement organizing.

 Congrats also to Elise, who is headed to the University of Bridgeport this fall where she will start her new job as a tenure-track assistant professor of psychology.

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