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Murray receives $4 million to promote college readiness among high schoolers using mindfulness

December 18, 2023

Dr. Desiree W. Murray, PhD, has received a grant from the US Department of Education1 to test the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based social-emotional learning (SEL) program, called Be CALM (Cool, At … Read more


CPCRN publishes special supplement to mark 20th anniversary

December 7, 2023

The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) has published a supplemental issue of Cancer Causes and Control to mark the Network’s 20th anniversary. The supplement is separated into five … Read more


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HPDP awards $5,000 planning grant to researcher studying early care and education needs in racially and ethnically minoritized communities

August 10, 2023

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention has awarded to Dr. Falon Smith, MS, PhD, a planning grant of $5,000 to conduct a research project on early care and education needs in racial … Read more


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HPDP awards $5,000 planning grant to UNC faculty studying sports bra access and fit among high school students

August 2, 2023

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention has awarded to Dr. Nailah Adams Morancie, MD, MS, CAQSM, a planning grant of $5,000 to conduct a research project on how sports bra access an … Read more


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HPDP researchers Taillie and Ammerman receive EPA grant to rrevent household food waste

April 5, 2023

HPDP Research Fellow Lindsey Smith Taillie, PhD, and HPDP Director Alice Ammerman, DrPH, have received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help households, especially low-income … Read more


Willis Receives an R01 Grant to Assess the Accuracy of Wearable Devices to Measure Children’s Screen Time

February 2, 2023

Dr. Erik Willis, PhD, and his Observations for Wellness and Learning Lab have received an R01 grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to evaluate the accuracy of wearable devices in measurin … Read more


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2022 Year Recap

December 22, 2022

With 2022 coming to an end, we want to reflect on the incredible work HPDP researchers, Community Advisors, and staff have done in the past year. From celebrating milestones in environmental justice, … Read more


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Murray receives $2 million to enhance resilience among middle schoolers using mindfulness

December 8, 2022

Dr. Desiree W. Murray, PhD, has received a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES)1 to adapt a mindfulness-based social-emotional learning program, called Be CALM (Cool, Attentive, Logica … Read more