University and Chapin Hall Announce 2017-18 Joint Research Fund Awards

The University of Chicago and Chapin Hall have announced $200,000 in awards from the UChicago-Chapin Hall Joint Research Fund to three research teams. This is the fifth year of the Fund.

Awards aim to foster long-term policy-relevant research collaborations between the University and Chapin Hall, while supporting outstanding work that leads to new directions in policy and practice aligned with Chapin Hall’s mission to promote the well-being of vulnerable children, youth and families. Over the past four years, eleven research teams have received awards.

Daniel Diermeier, Provost at the University of Chicago, said, “My role as Provost is to support all members of the University’s community of scholars, their shared ideals, and the core values that make the University a singular intellectual destination. The Joint Research Fund provides an opportunity for UChicago and Chapin Hall scholars to collaborate on policy-focused rigorous research to improve the lives of children and families.”

Evaluating the Clinical Implementation of the Infant Crying and Parent Well-Being Screening Tool
Tiffany Burkhardt, Researcher, Chapin Hall
Bree Andrews, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Biological Sciences Division/Pediatrics
April 2018-March 2019

Improving Services & Policies for Incarcerated Mothers & Their Children in Illinois
Amy Dworsky, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall
Gina Fedock, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration
April 2018-September 2019

How Child Care and Early Education Supply in Chicago Shapes Latino Parents' Child Care Decisions
Jiffy Lansing, Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall
Julia Henly, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration
April 2018-March 2020

The Joint Research Fund received proposals from partnerships of faculty across the University and Chapin Hall research and policy staff. The Joint Research Fund Steering Committee, made up of appointees from both entities, reviewed the proposals.

“The University and Chapin Hall know research must be brought to bear on real-life experiences,” added Bryan Samuels, Executive Director of Chapin Hall. “These partnerships indicate a joint desire to create and apply knowledge to accelerate positive change for children. These projects—examining the experiences of incarcerated mothers, studying how Latino parents make decisions about child care, and evaluating a tool for reducing infant crying—move us closer to resolving challenges faced by children and families.”

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