CHHS Mini-Grant Program

The CHHS mini-grant program is focused on helping faculty be more competitive in their extramural funding requests. Support can be requested for summer salary, graduate assistant support, pilot data collection or other activities directly linked to an external funding opportunity. The final report is the submitted proposal.

Recipients for this year’s mini-grant program have already been selected (see announcement below). However, faculty can apply at any time for up to $500 to assist with external peer review of developed proposals. For more details on this program, contact Stephanie Ouren (

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 CHHS Mini-Grant Recipients

Early Investigator - $7,000
Heather Leach, Department of Health and Exercise ScienceOptimal measurement of physical activity changes in cancer survivors
Sarah Johnson, Department of Food Science and Human NutritionSuppression of Postprandial Inflammatory Responses in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells by Red Beetroot Juice in Overweight/Obese Middle-Aged and Older Adults
Michelle Foster, Department of Food Science and Human NutritionAdipose Tissue Exosomes in Obesity-Induced Immune Complications
Aga Burzynska, Department of Human Development and Family StudiesOLD & BOLD: A longitudinal study on benefits of elevated aerobic fitness across adulthood on cognitive and brain decline in aging
Kelly Quirk, Department of Human Development and Family StudiesThe Effect of Shifting Structural Stigma on LGBT Wellbeing and Cortisol
Senior Investigator - $7,000
Chris Bell , Department of Health and Exercise ScienceCarbon Monoxide: A breath of fresh air for diabetes prevention?

Past Mini-Grant Recipients

Early Investigator - $5,000
Chris Gentile, Department of Food Science and Human NutritionDissecting the Role of the Human Gut Microbia in Obesity-Related Cardiovascular Disease
Heather Leach, Department of Health and Exercise ScienceA Short-Term, Group-Based Exercise Intervention to Promote Habitual Physical Activity in Brest Cancer Survivors
Mentorship - $10,000
Rachel Lucas-Thompson and Doug Coatsworth, Department of Human Development and Family StudiesMarital Conflict, Mindfulness, and Adolescent Regulation and Mental Health
Thorsten Rudroff and Frank Dinenno, Department of Health and Exercise ScienceThe contribution of autonomic nervous system dysfunction and skeletal muscle blood flow to fatigue in persons with multiple sclerosis
Sonali Diddi and Terry Yan, Department of Design and MerchandisingNeeds Assessment of High School Sustainability-Related Curricula: Exploring Avenues to Incorporate Environmental Literacy Focusing on Clothing Consumption and Disposal
Senior Investigator - $5,000
Brian Tracy, Department of Health and Exercise ScienceThe smartphone as an accurate sensor: mobile functional assessment for elderly adults and neurological patients
Laura Bellows and Jeff Miller, Department of Food Science and Human NutritionHealthy Bites: Improving Children’s Meals and Dietary Quality in the Restaurant Setting
Early Investigator Award -- $5000
Arlene Schmid, PhD - Occupational TherapyFeasibility and Pilot Study of Yoga after Traumatic Brain Injury
Laura Malinin, PhD - Design and MerchandisingNeglected Health Disparity in the Labor Market: Older Workers with Physically Demanding Jobs and their Cognitive Deterioration
Eunhee Choi, PhD - School of Social WorkNeglected Health Disparity in the Labor Market: Older Workers with Physically Demanding Jobs and their Cognitive Deterioration
Interdisciplinary Award -- $15,000
Mike Pagliassotti, PhD - Food Science and Human Nutrition, Kimberly Cox-York, PhD - Food Science and Human Nutrition and Matt Hickey, PhD - Health and Exercise ScienceCollection and Characterization of Human Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue for the Submission of a Cross-Disciplinary NIH P01
Mentorship Award -- $10,000
Vivian Li, PhD - Design and Merchandising and Juyeon Park, PhD - Design and MerchandisingNovel Electrospun Nanofiber-based Sensors for Detection of Bacterial Infection
Senior Investigator Award -- $5,000
Chris Bell, PhD - Health and Exercise Science and Raoul Reiser, PhD - Health and Exercise ScienceUse of High Intensity Training to Improve Stability and Fatigue Resistance in Older Men and Women
Raoul Reiser, PhD - Health and Exercise Science, Ben Miller, PhD - Health and Exercise Science, Karyn Hamilton, PhD - Health and Exercise Science and Kelly Santangelo, DVM, PhD Microbiology, Immunology & PathologyDevelopment of Hartley Guinea Pig as a Translational Model of Accelerated Musculoskeletal Aging
Adam Chicco (HES), with Gerrit Bouma (BMS)Development of a Fads2LoxP plasmid for tissue-specific ablation of delta-6 desaturase in mice
Patti Davies (OT), Bill Gavin (HDFS), with Blythe Lagasse (Music) Investigating Neurologic Music Therapy for Children with Autism – A Feasibility Study
Thorsten Rudroff (HES)Brown adipose tissue activity: Does it explain age-associated weight gain?
Arlene Schmid (OT) and Brian Tracy (HES)Less Neuropathy after Yoga (LeNY)
Lauren Shomaker (HDFS)Depression and Excess Weight Gain in Adolescent Pregnancy
Ray Browning - Asst Prof, Health and Exercise Science Improving musculoskeletal function and reducing pain during walking in bariatric surgery patients
Caroline Clevenger and Rodolfo Valdes Vasques - Asst Prof/Asst Prof, Construction Management Increasing minority participation in STEM through collaborative learning
Michelle Foster - Asst Prof, Food Science and Human Nutrition Site specific differences in adipose depot metabolism and immune response: The role of lymph nodes
Mary Khetani - Asst Prof, Occupational Therapy From manager to consultant: Mobilizing parents to promote youth activity participation
Thorsten Rudroff - Asst Prof, Health and Exercise Science Understanding fatigue resistance in older adults and in patients with multiple sclerosis: A bioenergetics approach
Tiffany Weir - Asst Prof Food Science and Human Nutrition Characterization of intestinal inflammation and commensal bacteria in ovarectomized rats
2012-13 Multi-disciplinary Healthy Aging category
Emily Dakin, School of Social Work, and Louise Jennings, School of Education Depression treatment experiences among low-income elders with disabilities
Ben Miller and Karen Hamilton, Health and Exercise Science, and Carol Wilusz, Microbiology Regulation of mitochondrial protein synthesis in aging humans
Allison Bielak, Human Development and Family Studies, and Kellie Walters, Health and Exercise Science A cognitive and physical activity intervention for already active older adults
Brian Tracy and Raoul Reiser, Health and Exercise Science Neural mechanisms and functional implications of impaired control of muscle lengthening in older adults: A neurophysiology and biomechanics interdisciplinary project
2012-13 Open category
Michelle Foster, Food Science and Human Nutrition Visceral adipose tissue fatty acid composition links visceral fat to obesity-related liver pathophysiology
Aaron Eakman, Occupational Therapy Factors affecting activity participation and social engagement for persons utilizing a Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) day center
Mary Khetani, Occupational Therapy Field testing the Young Children’s Participation and Environment Measure for R21 application
Manfred Diehl, Human Development and Family Studies Measuring awareness of age-related change (AARC): A multidimensional approach
Tiffany Weir, Food Science and Human Nutrition Exploring the effects of fuzhuan tea on intestinal microflora and lipid metabolism
Chris Bell, Health and Exercise ScienceImproving insulin sensitivity in adults with sleep apnea.
Erika Lunkenheimer, Human Development and Family StudiesParent-child biobehavioral coregulation in at risk families.
Jennifer Ogle, Karen Hyllegard & Ajoy Sarkar, Design and MerchandisingAssessing the need for an innovative youth enrichment program: Building upon adolescent females’ “Passion for Fashion” to cultivate aptitude in math and science.
Francisco Palermo, Human Development and Family StudiesFostering Spanish-speaking preschoolers’ English development.