New Connections Year In Review 2013


 Grantees & Alumni:Updates

Grantees & Alumni:Publications

Events and Outreach


Network Services


Grantees and Alumni:Updates

2013 was a successful year for New Connections grantees and alumni! They received funding from various sources to conduct new research projects, published articles and attained tenure and other career milestones. Here are just a few examples.

  • Dr. Marilyn Nanney was awarded an RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Dr. Maria Rosa Solario was awarded an R-series grant from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Dr. Amanda Sullivan was one of Foundation for Child Development's 2013 Young Scholars.
  • Dr. J Margo Brooks Carthon was awarded another research grant award from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The title of the research grant is "Expanding Access to Health Care by Removing APRN Practice Barriers: Lessons from Pennsylvania."
  • Dr. Cindy Crusto was accepted into the Public Voices Fellowship Program at Yale University.
  • Dr. Michelle Rogers was awarded the 2012- 2013 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.


2012 was a very successful year for promotions! Many New Connections grantees and alumni received tenure and/or promotions.

Alumni Promoted to Associate Professor:

Grantees /Alumni Promoted to Associate Profession with Tenure:

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Grantees and Alumni:Publications


Many of our grantees and alumni published papers this year. Here are a few selected publications:

  • Dr. Adrian Aguilera co-published the article “Smarter Phones, Smarter Practice.”
  • Dr. Tamara Leech published the paper “Violence among Young Adults Receiving Housing Assistance: Vouchers, Race, and Transitions into Adulthood.”
  • Dr. Erauldo Gonzalez also published an editorial in the Californian Journal of Health Promotion entitled “Health Disparities in Latino Communities.”
  • Dr. J. Margo Brooks Carthon and colleagues published “Variations in Postoperative Complications According to Race, Ethnicity, and Sex in Older Adults.”
  • In 2012 Dr. Kimani Paul-Emile wrote the article "Patient Racial Preferences and the Medical Culture of Accommodation." Since then, it has been cited by over 40 news sources, including CBS News and The New York Times in July 2013.

Whenever possible, The New Connections program encourages grantees to collaborate together on projects. For example, every year New Connections gives out reimbursement funds to assist alumni and grantees in publishing their work. Grantees and alumni also have the opportunity to network and talk about possible collaborations at our Symposium and other events. During this process we encourage grantees to apply for these funds together. Here are examples of collaborations in 2012:

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    Events and Outreach


    New Connections staff, grantees and alumni hosted and attended several events in 2013. Some examples:

    • New Connections held its Seventh Annual Symposium June 12-14 2013. The Symposium Co-Chairs were Dr. James Jackson and Dr. Debra Joy Perez. Princeton University served as the host institution for the Symposium on Thursday, June 13. Over 100 attendees heard Dr. Jackson's plenary address, "Individual Behavior and Population Health Disparities: The Affordance Framework," and participated in scientific sessions such as Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis. Attendees also learned about funding opportunities from representatives from Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and National Institutes of Health. Selected attendees participated in Speed Mentoring sessions during our Thursday Reception. Also, New Connections Cohort 6 Grantees were honored during an Award Ceremony.

  • New Connections hosted its 7th Annual Research and Coaching Clinic in Boston MA November 1-2, 2013. Selected scholars came together to discuss NIH grant proposal writing and research management strategies. Scholars received guidance and tips from Margarita Alegria, PhD, Benjamin Cook PhD and Helena Wang from the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research, and Cheryl Boyce PhD from National Institutes of Health.
  • Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, Dr. Annjeanette Belcourt and Dr. Kevin Nadal, New Connections Deputy Director Dr. Edith Arrington held a panel at the 2013 American Psychological Association Conference. The title of the session was "New Directions in Ethnic Minority Research---Perspectives from the RWJF New Connections Program."
  • Dr. Henry Carretta had a poster board in the Public Health Law Poster Session II, titled "Community benefit and the Affordable Care Act: How will not-for-profit hospitals respond to change?"This poster was based on Dr. Carretta's New Connections project.
  •  Dr. Tamara Leech, Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, Dr. Antwan Jones, Dr. Erualdo Gonzalez, and network member Dr. Nicole Roussaeu we featured in a New Connections sponsored session at the Annual Conference of the Association of Black Sociologists on August 10th, 2013. The title of the session was "Equity, Justice, and Health for All: Structural Perspectives Health Disparities."


In 2013 New Connections participated in poster, panel, and/or information sessions, co-sponsored receptions, or provided travel support at: 

  • Society for Social Work Research, American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association's Minority Fellowship Program, Sisters of the Academy (SOTA), Association of Black Sociologists, American Sociological Association, American Psychological Association's Annual Convention, National Hispanic Science Network, American Public Health Association, American Evaluation Association, and HBCU Faculty Development Symposium, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)'s Spring and Fall Conferences, The Society of Indian Psychologist Retreat and Conference, Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment Inaugural Conference, inaugural Faculty Women of Color in the Academy (FWCA) Conference

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Network Services 


New Connections increased the number of services offered to its Network Members. Here are some examples:

  • 90 Network members participated in a manuscript writing webinar, “Fast Writing and Slow Revising,” with Dr. Williams Waters and Dr. Sonja Foss. 20 of those network members who participated in this webinar continued on to received individualized manuscript writing support from Drs. Water and Foss.
  • Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts facilitated two webinars, “Discovering and Engaging your Best Self” and “Illuminating your Best Self: Creating a positive professional image” to over 100 network members. As an extension of the webinars, a small group of network members participated in a four week mentoring series entitled “The Alignment Quest: Becoming extraordinary.”
  • Methodological training services were made available to more than 80 network members in three different programs hosted by the University of Michigan: 22 network members participated in the ICPSR Summer Program; 20 network members received statistical consultation on their individual research projects through the Center for Statistical Consultation; and 42 network members participated in virtual statistical workshops (including HLM and SEM).
  • Over 300 people participated in methodological training webinars hosted by the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research. Topics included Multi-level modeling and Analyzing Data Sets.



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