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McCormick, Bryan Recreation, Park & Tourism Studies, School of Public Health / IUB
Bio: My research focuses on the social and community functioning of people with severe mental illnesses. Through the use of a variety of research methods, we have examined such elements as daily physical activity, mood, and social context as well as recreation and support networks. My current work examines the role of networks and network members in the health behaviors of adults with schizophrenia.
McCranie, Ann Indiana University Network Science Institute / IUB
Bio: Ann McCranie is the Assistant Director of Research Administration at Indiana University Network Science Institute, responsible for proposal development, educational outreach and conference and talk planning. McCranie received her PhD in Sociology from IUB, and her research is focused on networks in several domains: personal networks and health decision making, networks within organization and how they impact change, and networks between researchers in the mental health services field. McCranie has also served as the managing editor for Network Science and as summer program faculty teaching network analysis for the University of Michigan's ICPSR Summer Program since 2011. She is the co-author of Recovery in Mental Health: A Critical Sociological Account.
Disciplines: sociology
O'Donnell, Brian Psychological and Brain Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences / IUB
Bio: I am part of a research group that is studying how psychotic disorders, cannabis use and developmental factors affect human brain network organization.
Oruche, Ukamaka Community and Health Systems, School of Nursing / IUPUI
Bio: My program of research focuses on understanding and developing interventions to improve the mental health and wellbeing of families and their adolescents with Oppositional Defiant Disorders and Conduct Disorders with special emphasis on low income and African American families. My research provides insights into factors underlying frequent and trying interactions between families and child serving system professionals (i.e., mental health clinics, schools, juvenile justice, and child welfare) and the use of social network-based strategies to improve families’ efficacy needs and reduce caregiving stress.
Disciplines: nursing
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Park, Irene Psychiatry, School of Medicine-South Bend / IUPUI - South Bend
Bio: Dr. Irene Park is Assistant Research Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine—South Bend. Broadly, Dr. Park’s research examines sources of risk and resilience in the mental health of immigrant and racial/ethnic minority populations. Using an ecological approach, Dr. Park seeks to understand the sociocultural contexts in which ethnic minority youths reside, particularly the contexts of culture and family, as they relate to youths’ mental health. She is interested in understanding how personal and sociocultural networks influence mental health outcomes, health disparities, and access to mental health services. Currently, Dr. Park is investigating racial/ethnic discrimination and mental health in Latino families, with the aim of identifying mediating mechanisms (e.g., anger regulation) and risk/protective factors in the discrimination—mental health link among Mexican-origin adolescents; this research is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Park received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral research fellowship through the Family Research Consortium at the University of California, Davis, focusing on family processes and child/adolescent mental health in diverse contexts. Dr. Park served on the faculty in the Psychology Department at the University of Notre Dame before joining the faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine in 2013.
Disciplines: psychology
Perry, Brea Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences / IUB
Bio: Brea Perry is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, and received a Ph.D. in Sociology from IU in 2008. Prior to returning to Indiana in 2014, she was an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky, where she founded and directed the interdisciplinary Health, Society, and Populations Program. Her research and teaching interests include social networks, medical sociology, mental illness, biosociology, social genetics, and quantitative methodology. One line of research focuses on complex interactions between genotypes, social statuses, and social environmental conditions (GxExE) in substance use pathways. Dr. Perry also studies personal social network dynamics and processes that accompany progression through illness careers. Much of her work employs egocentric social network analysis and multilevel and longitudinal modeling. Dr. Perry’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the McManus Foundation. She is currently the series editor of Advances in Medical Sociology.
Disciplines: Sociology
Pullen, Erin L. IU Network Science Institute / IUB
Bio: Erin Pullen is an Assistant Research Scientist at the Indiana University Network Science Institute. She came to Indiana University in 2015 after completing her PhD at the University of Kentucky. Her primary research interests include egocentric networks, medical sociology, health disparities, and quantitative methodologies. Broadly, she is interested in how relationships between personal social networks, health behaviors, and health outcomes co-evolve over time, particularly in the context of disadvantage and inequality.
Disciplines: Sociology
Saykin, Andrew J. Radiology and Imaging Sciences, School of Medicine / IUPUI
Bio: Dr. Saykin is the Raymond C. Beeler Professor of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Indiana University School of Medicine where he serves as director of the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center and of the IU Center for Neuroimaging. He also holds appointments in Medical and Molecular Genetics, Neurology and Psychiatry. Before joining Indiana University in 2006 he served on the faculties of Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Saykin serves as Genetics Core leader of the NIA-sponsored multicenter Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). Other collaborative federally sponsored projects examine cognitive changes associated with cancer chemotherapy, brain injury and schizophrenia. Dr. Saykin is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Brain Imaging and Behavior. His current research program focuses on the integration of structural, functional and molecular brain imaging with genomic and biomarker methods to study mechanisms of memory dysfunction and therapeutic response. Major goals include development of tools for early detection of dysregulated brain networks in older adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and identification of novel therapeutic targets based on imaging genetics association studies.
Shih, Patrick Informatics, School of Informatics and Computing / Bloomington
Bio: I'm an Assistant Professor of Informatics in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington. I am a Fellow of the Center for Computer-Mediated Communication (CCMC). I am also an affiliated faculty at the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB), the Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI), and the Institute for Software Research (ISR) at the University of California, Irvine. I am interested in utilizing mixed methods approaches to tackle research problems in online and geographic communities. Specifically, my current research focuses on leveraging awareness of individual and community activities embedded in sensor technologies, smart devices, social media, and online forums in the design and construction of novel persuasive interfaces and civic engagement platforms that facilitate sustainable motivational and behavioral changes.
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Watson, Dennis P. Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health / IUPUI
Bio: Dr. Watson’s research and teaching interests include behavioral health, high risk populations and health behaviors, and health services implementation and evaluation.