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A Comparison Of Firearm-related Intimate Partner Homicide In Texas And Maryland


NICHD 9/21/2020 - 8/31/2022

Intimate partner homicide (IPH) accounts for one-fifth of U.S. homicides, with the majority of IPH and nearly all (91.6%) of intimate-partner related homicide-suicides (IPH-S) committed by firearms. While much is […]

Creating Moves to Opportunity Using Mixed Methods to Understand Policy Mechanisms

Stefanie DeLuca

William T Grant Foundation 6/1/2019 - 5/31/2020

This study builds on the CMTO project, an effort to expand low-income families’ access to opportunity neighborhoods through providing supportive services in partnership with housing authorities in Seattle and King […]

Rational Responses to Uncertainty Understanding Disadvantaged Youths Post-Secondary Educational Choices

Stefanie DeLuca

Russell Sage Foundation 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2021

This mixed methods study examines how beliefs about educational attainment and anticipated adverse shocks (e.g., evictions, incarcerations or deaths of family members, or violence) relate to educational plans and actual […]


Housing and Healthy Child Development

Sandra Newman

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 9/1/2019 - 2/28/2022

This research will test whether assisted housing (i.e., public housing, housing vouchers, and privately-owned, publicly assisted housing) affects children’s healthy development by reducing family housing cost burden, and/or by improving […]

PMA2020 Reinvestment Ethiopia Prototype [Performance Monitoring Accountability]

Linnea Zimmerman

Gates Foundation 10/1/2018 - 9/30/2023

PMA-Ethiopia builds off of the PMA platform and the PMA-MNH project to establish a five-year grant following two cohorts of pregnant women for one year postpartum. Designed to assess care-seeking […]

Advancing National Tools and Resources for Technology Initiatives in Victim Services

Nancy Glass

US Department of Justice 10/1/2018 - 9/30/2020

Our goal is to advance national-scope initiatives that integrate technology to improve and increase access to crime victim services. Victim service practitioners are increasingly taking advantage of the ubiquity and […]

Strengthen the Evidence for Maternal and Child Health Programs

Cynthia Minkowitz

HRSA U02 2/1/2018 -1/31/2023

This project assists State Title V MCH programs in incorporating available scientific evidence in developing State Action Plans and responding to national and state performance measures.

Maryland Maternal Health Innovation Program

Andreea Creanga

HRSA U7 5/1/2019 - 9/30/2024

The overarching goal of the project is to improve maternal health quality and outcomes throughout Maryland.

National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Initiative

Christina Bethell

HRSA U59 5/1/2018 - 4/30/2023

The goal of the Data Resource Center is to provide essential maternal and child health data at the national, regional, and state-level, to inform and enhance maternal and child health […]


Adapting and testing the myPlan app to prevent dating violence with adolescents

Nancy Glass

CDC R01 9/1/2018 - 8/30/2022

Evidence suggests that adolescents want and need timely, accessible, interactive, personal, and private health information, including information and resources on dating and casual/hook-up relationships. Adolescents seeking relationship information, advice and […]

Methods and Applications for Massive One-mode and Bipartite Social Networks

Angelo Mele and Lingxin Hao

NSF 7/1/2020 -6/30/2023

This research project will advance methods of estimation and inference for large-scale network models. The modeling of network data has important applications in many areas, including sociology, economics, marketing, and […]


Developing a PrEP Adherence Intervention Targeting At-Risk and Substance Using Women

Susan Sherman

NIDA R34 9/1/2017 - 8/30/2021

We aim to develop and assess the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy on adherence of a community-informed tenofovir/emticitrabine (TDF/FTC) pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) engagement intervention among street-based female sex workers (FSWs) […]


Causal mediation methods for studying mechanisms in mental health

Elizabeth Stuart

NIMH R01 9/1/2017 - 6/30/2021

In mental health research, it is important to understand the mechanisms underlying the effects of interventions, for example whether cognitive/behavioral factors mediate the effect of a treatment for youth with […]

A structural HIV prevention intervention targeting high-risk women

Susan Sherman

NIDA R01 4/1/2016 -3/31/2021

Three decades into the HIV epidemic, high HIV/STI rates persist among FSWs throughout the world, and research on this population in the U.S. is scarce. FSWs experience a unique set […]

Robust Methods for Polygenic Analysis

Nilanjan Chatterjee

NHGRI R01 4/1/2019 - 3/31/2024

Modern genome-wide association studies have unequivocally demonstrated that complex traits are extremely polygenic, with each individual trait potentially involving thousands to tens of thousands of genetic variants. In this project, […]

RCT to reduce HIV acquisition and viral load among migrants Rakai Uganda

Maria Wawer

NIMH R01 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2023

The Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP), Uganda, proposes an implementation science community- randomized controlled trial (CRCT) of a novel intervention to newly in-migrated individuals (“Welcome In- coming Neighbor” [WIN]), to […]

Statistical Methods for Multilevel Multivariate Functional Studies

Ciprian Crainiceanu

NINDS R01 7/1/2017 6/30/2022

While imaging studies are widely used in clinical practice and research, the number of neuroimaging- based biomarkers is small. For example, in clinical trials of immunomodulatory therapies for MS, the […]

Maternal Stress and Preterm Birth Role of Genome and Epigenome

Xiumei Hong

NICHD R03 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020

Preterm birth (PTB) is a leading cause of infant mortality and morbidity in the US and the globe, and can lead to a cascade of health problems later in life. […]


Intergenerational Link of Cardio-Metabolic Risk Integrate Multi-OMICS with Birth Cohort

Xiaobin Wang

NICHD R01 4/15/2019 - 3/31/2023

More than half of U.S. mothers entered pregnancy with overweight or obesity (OWO); maternal obesity is considered a major determinant of the next generations’ OWO risk.7 A similar inter-generational link […]

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and pregnancy associated mortality in Maryland

Andreea Creanga

NICHD R03 4/1/2019 - 3/31/2021

Maternal mortality has been increasing in the United States. The extent to which non-medical use of prescription drugs by pregnant and postpartum women has contributed to this trend is unknown […]

Use of a machine learning framework to predict severe maternal morbidity

Andreea Creanga

NICHD R03 4/1/2018 - 3/31/2020

Severe maternal morbidity (SMM) is on the rise in the United States. Such morbidity is accompanied by delivery complications and adverse pregnancy outcomes, and can have long- term health consequences […]


Feasibility acceptability and preliminary efficacy of Text4Father for improving infant and family health

Arik Marcell

NICHD R21 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2021

While father engagement programming is widely advocated, few clinical and public health approaches engage fathers during the pre- and perinatal periods. A large body of literature shows that fathers play […]

Preterm Birth Maternal and and Child Metabolic Risk

Xiaobin Wang

NICHD R01 4/1/2016 - 3/31/2021

Using a life-course framework, we propose to conduct a comprehensive and systemic investigation on preterm birth (PTB) and maternal and fetal metabolic characteristics in relation to child development of adverse […]


Intergenerational transmission of parenting and self-regulation

Sara Johnson

NICHD R01 4/1/2018 -3/31/2023

The proposed three-generation study seeks to determine whether self-regulation in childhood is a foundation for parenting in adulthood and whether a successful universal preventive intervention to improve self-regulation in childhood […]

Virtual Population Obesity Prevention

Tak Igusa (sub-award PI)

NICHD-PDB U01 9/1/2015 - 8/31/2022

The obesity epidemic is a continuing and growing major global multi-scale problem. Designing appropriate policies and interventions has been challenging since obesity is a complex problem, crossing the following six […]

Structural and Social Transitions among Adolescents in Rakai (SSTAR)

Maria Wawer (sub-award PI)


Project Abstract: Adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa make the transition to adulthood facing considerable risk of HIV infection; this risk is particularly high for young women. Understanding social processes that produce […]


Global Age Patterns of Under-Five Mortality

Li Liu (sub-award PI)

NICHD-PDB R01 9/1/2017 - 6/30/2022

Project Summary The Under-5 Mortality Rate (U5MR) is a key and widely-used indicator of child health, but it conceals important information about how this mortality is distributed by age. For […]


Housing affordability and child health

Craig Pallock

NICHD-PDB R03 4/1/2019 - 3/31/2021

Project Summary Although safe and affordable housing is a critical foundation for child health, such housing is in short supply. To address the lack of affordable housing, policymakers developed the […]


Developing innovative analytics to estimate age and cause specific child mortality for low and middle income countries

Li Liu

NICHD-PDB R21 4/1/2018 - 3/31/2020

Project Summary: Globally, an estimated 5.9 million children died before reaching their fifth birthday in 2015. The majority died in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where quality information on age- […]

The Impact of Ebola Infection on Demographic and Social Outcomes in Sierra Leone

Philip Anglewicz

NICHD-PDB R21 5/1/2019 - 4/30/2021

Project Summary: The limited body of research on Ebola suggests that, among survivors and their families, there are substantial impacts of infection on social and demographic outcomes, yet little is […]

Early childhood programs on reducing suicide risk in adulthood

Emily Haroz

HPC Pilot Research Program and Institute for Data-Intensive Engineering and Science 2/22/2018 - 2/21/2019

Recent increases in suicide rates are significantly impacting life expectancy in the Unites States. While the public health sector has responded by expanding programs for suicide-prone individuals, there is also […]

Self-collection of Samples for STI Testing in Rakai, Uganda

Caitlin Kennedy

HPC Pilot Research Program and Alliance for a Healthier World 08/14/2019 - 08/13/2020

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are of global concern with rates hypothesized to be rising in settings where HIV is coming under control. Syndromic management of STIs is a common approach […]

Multi-Omics and Preterm Birth Risk

Xiumei Hong

HPC Pilot Research Program and 21st Century Cities 04/26/2019-04/25/2020

Preterm birth (PTB) is among the most profound clinical and public health challenges we face today. Prenatal nutrition is believed to play a role in affecting PTB risk, but related […]

How to Fight Against Racism During COVID-19

Yujung Hwang

HPC Pilot Project Program 5/19/2020 - 12/31/2020

Project’s GoalWe propose to collect novel psychological measures for anti-Asian sentiment and social-image concern behind racist behavior from survey. Next, we will analyze a quantitative structural model of racism to […]

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Unmet Need in the U.S. COVID-19

Alexandre White

HPC Pilot Research Program 04/14/2020 - 12/31/2020

Specific AimsThe unmet need between infected people with severe symptoms and hospital beds is a top concern of pandemics. Most projections of unmet need with respect to COVID-19 thus far […]


COVID-19 case fatality rates: curation, variation, and homogeneity

Li Liu

HPC Pilot Research Program 04/14/2020 - 12/31/2020

Specific aimsAim 1: Curate a unique open access COVID-19 CFR database leveraging HPC data hub, natural language processing (NLP) and CORD-19. Relevant data, e.g. CFR, COVID-19 cases and deaths, age, […]


Monitoring Local Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic Using Real-time Big Data

Qingfeng Li

HPC Pilot Research Program 04/14/2020 - 12/31/2020

Specific AimsEvidence on the effectiveness of different containment measures is urgently needed to informsubsequent policy responses. The heterogeneous pandemic situations and differentiated policyresponses across the country presents an opportunity for […]


COVID-19 in US Counties: Can Public Health Bend the Curve

David Bishai

HPC Pilot Research Program 04/14/2020 - 12/31/2020

Specific Aims:1. Validate two parallel measures of each US county’s success in controlling COVID19: A) Peak incidence in Cases and Deaths per 100,000; B) Gap between time in days from […]


A Structural HIV Prevention Intervention Targeting High-Risk Women

Susan Gail Sherman

NICHD R01 07/01/16-05/31/21

Three decades into the HIV epidemic, high HIV/STI rates persist among FSWs throughout the world, and research on this population in the U.S. is scarce. FSWs experience a unique set […]


Early Life Determinants of Obesity in U.S. Urban Low Income Minority Birth Cohort

Xiaobin Wang

NICHD R01 1/1/16-12/31/20

Obesity in a young child can not only result in short-term social, psychological, and health effects but also increases the probability to obesity later n life with many possible accompanying […]

How Housing Vouchers Affect Biology and Health

Sandra Newman

NICHD U015/18/16-4/30/20

This proposal has two aims. The first is to conduct an experiment varying the offer of a housing voucher within the national Section 8 Housing Program and to test how […]

B’SAFE – Black MSM Study for Syphilis Assessment Focused on Elimination

Jacky Jennings

CDC U01 5/1/17-4/30/20

Syphilis is increasing in the United States (U.S.) and Baltimore has one of the most severe epidemics among Black gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men (MSM). The […]

Housing Effects on Children’s Development

Sandra Newman

NICHD R01 09/17/13-05/31/19

The primary goal of this research is to assess the effects of housing on low- and moderate-income families with children using a population-based, econometrically-oriented approach. Our specific aims are to […]

Reducing Disparities in Health and Safety for Young Sexual Minority Women in Abusive Relationships

Nancy Glass

NICHD R01 05/01/2014 - 08/31/2018

Intimate partner violence (IPV), including violence in dating relationships (dating violence, DV) is a widespread and serious public health problem. Among U.S. female IPV survivors, 47.1% report their first abusive […]

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Prenatal Mulit-Level Stressors and Alternations in Fetal and Maternal Epigenomes

Pamela Surkan & Xiaobin Wang

NICHD R21 1/1/16-6/30/18

Growing evidence indicates that maternal psychosocial stressors during pregnancy, e.g. depression, anxiety, and stressful life events are related to poor birth outcomes. However, the epigenetic mechanisms underlying associations between maternal […]

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Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020)

Amy Tsui

Gates Foundation 04/12/13-03/31/18

Dr. Tsui is the senior technical adviser to the PMA2020 project.  “Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) uses innovative mobile technology to routinely gather data on family planning and water sanitation.  Data […]

Pregnancy Outcomes and Infant Survival in the Era of Universal HAART in Africa

Taha Taha

NICHD R21 9/30/15-8/31/17

Globally, there is a renewed commitment to eliminate mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV. In Malawi, universal, lifelong combination antiretroviral treatment (ART) is recommended for all HIV-infected women who are pregnant, […]

Moving to Opportunity: Platform to Improve Health

Craig Pollack

HUD 07/01/14-06/30/17

The goal of this project is to test the feasibility of linking Moving To Opportunity (MTO) with insurance claims data.  MTO is a social experiment in which families living in […]

Youth and Adult Microfinance to Improve Resilience Outcomes in DRC

Nancy Glass

NICHD R01 08/16/12-05/31/17

Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the setting for our study, has primarily been characterized by a loss of security, unpredictability and lack of structure in daily life. Essential services […]

Medicaid and the Evolution of the US Transfer System After the Great Recession

Robert Moffitt


In a project funded by the Russell Sage Foundation, he will extend his June 2015 Demography PAA Presidential Address charting trends from 1984 to 2011 in social transfers to the […]

Using Propensity Scores for Casual Inference with Covariate Measurement Error

Elizabeth Stuart

NIMH R01 07/01/13-03/31/17

Many studies in public health, including comparative effectiveness research, aim to answer questions such as “what works for whom?” or “under what conditions does it work?” Such questions can often […]

Switching Schools and Navigating Neighborhoods: Can Housing Vouchers Improve Educational Achievement for Low Income Minority Youth?

Stefanie DeLuca

Spencer Foundation 02/01/15-01/31/17

This study capitalizes on the Baltimore Mobility Program, an innovative housing voucher intervention, to explore whether improvements in neighborhood access translate into gains in educational opportunity and achievement for poor […]

Rural Migrant Children in Urban Schools

Lingxin Hao

NSF 01/01/13-03/31/16

The study examines the process by which rural-to-urban migration generates and sustains new forms of education segregation in urban areas. The project highlights whether and how urban schools exacerbate educational […]

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