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Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations

Funded Research Collaboration Projects

GOE! Pilot Testing a Community Gardening and Outdoor Engagement Intervention to Reduce Health Disparities Among Homeless Youth

Social Work professor and researcher Courtney Cronley in collaboration with professors Larry Nelson of Kinesiology and David Hopman of Landscape Architecture, was awarded an Interdisciplinary Research Program grant to design and test a project called GOE!- Gardening and Outdoor Engagement – that aims to increase the physical activity and improve mental health among youth who are homeless and at high risk of negative mental, physical and behavioral health outcomes.

The long-term goal of the project is to develop a manual, evidence-based curriculum GOE! that can be replicated in similar communities nationally. The project will use advanced data collection technologies already available in the School of Social Work, the Department of Kinesiology, and use the UTA Urban Farm, sponsored by the Department of Landscape Architecture, as the test site.

Researchers: Dr. Courtney Cronley of the School of Social Work, Dr. Larry Nelson of the Department of Kinesiology, and Dr. David Hopman of the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Read more at the UTA News Center

Aim assessment study to foster collaboration across region

Dr. Stephen Mattingly
Dr. Stephen Mattingly, associate professor of Civil Engineering
A University of Texas at Arlington interdisciplinary project will assess fair housing issues across jurisdictional lines for the North Texas region.

Twenty-two cities and housing authorities have contributed $734,430 to conduct the study, which can be broken into three parts: collection of data and fair housing analysis, community participation and development of goals and priorities.

Read more at the UTA News Center

Transportation mobility among low-income, transportation-disadvantaged older adults living in a low-density urban environment using innovative data collection methods

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington are looking at ways policymakers can improve access to transportation for low-income older adults living in Tarrant County. Our College of Engineering and School of Social Work professors' findings reveal the need for innovative, sustainable transportation options to discontinue the disenfranchisement of certain adult groups.

Researchers: Dr. Stephen Mattingly of Civil Engineering, Dr. Noelle Fields, and Dr. Courtney Cronley of the School of Social Work.

A System for neuro-feedback anger management to prevent domestic violence

Neuro Feedback
Photo: Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, Alex Lepe

Researchers are working on a wireless, wearable device that is embedded into a hat to detect brain signals related to anger. The device will send an alert to the user's smart phone or watch reminding them to practice anger-management techniques learned in therapy. The partnerships is through the School of Social Work, College of Engineering, College of Education and College of Science.

Researchers: Dr. J.C. Chiao and Dr. Shouyi Wang of the College of Engineering, Dr. Jodi Tommerdahl of the College of Education, Dr. Anne Nordberg and Dr. Peter Lehmann of the School of Social Work, and social work doctoral students and graduate research assistants.

Shakespeare and robots: Examining the impact of a theater intervention on psychological well-being in older adults

Shakespeare Robot

Photo: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sara Pintilie

Collaborators are using a multi-talented Shakespeare-reciting robot named, NAO, to develop a platform to promote social connectivity and decrease loneliness. NAO recites the first 12 lines of "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day" and allows users to recite the last two.

Read more at UTA News Center

Researchers: Research scientist Kristen Doelling, principal research scientist Mike McNair and senior research scientist Jeongsik Shin of the UT Arlington Research Institute, Dr. Julienne Greer of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dr. Noelle Fields and Dr. Ling Xu of the School of Social Work.

A Collaboration between UT Arlington and the Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas to Assess the Needs of the American Indian Population in North Texas

Dr. Maria Scannapieco
Dr. Maria Scannapieco, distinguished professor to the School of Social Work and director to the Center for Child Welfare

University professors are collaborating with the Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas to assess the needs of North Texas's urban American Indian population, a community overlooked despite calls for greater attention to what one scholar called an "urban Indian health care crisis," according to the project's assessment proposal.

Professor Maria Scannapieco, who is director to UTA's School of Social Work's Center for Child Welfare, is studying the needs of a community.

Scannapieco is teaming up with professors from the colleges of Liberal Arts, Nursing, and UTA Libraries for the project. The interdisciplinary project focuses on creating a needs assessment of the urban-based American Indian population, which could ultimately serve as a national model for other urban American Indian organizations. Scannapieco's research could help further the work of community-based organizations and provide a foundation for ongoing research. This collaboration with the Urban Inter-Tribal Center has already produced a proposal to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for a three-year grant to meet mental health needs for this community.

Researchers: Dr. Maria Scannapieco of the School of Social Work, Dr. Paul Conrad of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Barbara Raudonis of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and Kelly Visnak of UTA Libraries.

Wireless interface, interactivity and interconnectivity at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center

Social work professors are working on a multi-million grant with the Georgia Institute of Technology on how a socially-assistive robot can model caretaking for an older adult with a developmental disability. Professor Bricout is the project leader.

Researchers: Dr. Ling Xu and Dr. Noelle Fields of the School of Social Work; Dr. John Bricout (University of Minnesota); research scientist Kristen Doelling of the UT Arlington Research Institute, Dr. Julienne Greer of the Department of Theater Art and Dr. Priscila Cacola of Department of Kinesiology.