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and Social Sciences

The University of Houston
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Houston, TX 77204-3000
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Grants in Review

Last calendar year, CLASS amassed about $4 million in grants from national and local organizations. These research dollars are crucial to the continued development of the liberal arts and social sciences through critical and creative thought.

Federal Grants

Faculty
Project
Agency Award Department
Candice Alfano “When Parents Go to War: Psychosocial Adjustment among the Families of Deployed OEF/OIF Service Members” Department of Defense flow through University of Central Florida $557,150 Psychology
Jennifer Augustine “Mother's Education After Childbearing and Family Well-being” National Institute of Child Health and Human Development $160,063 Sociology
Ferenc Bunta,
David Francis,
Arturo Hernandez
“Phonological acquisition in bilingual children with cochlear implants” National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders $451,417 Communication Science and Disorders
Casey Due-Hackney “Editing as a Discovery Process: Accessing centuries of scholarship in one 10th century manuscript of the Iliad” National Endowment for the Humanities $276,115 Modern and Classical Languages
Samantha Farris “Panic-Relevant Sensations and Smoking Motivation” National Institute on Drug Abuse $32,173 Psychology
Carolyn Ha “The Effects of Intranasal Oxytocin on Social Cognitive Functioning in Adolescents with Borderline Personality Disorder compared to a sample of Non-clinical Adolescents” National Institute of Mental Health $34,471 Psychology
J. Leigh Leasure “Brain Damage and Exercise Neurorestoration After Repeated Binge Alcohol Exposure” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism $211,504 Psychology
Paul Massman “Clinical Neuropsychology Training-Michael E. DeBakey, VA Epilepsy Ctr. of Excellence (ECE), Neurology Care Line-Collins: Student J. Grabyan” Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center $19,559 Psychology
Paul Massman “Clinical Neuropsychology Training-Michael E. DeBakey, VA TBI Center-Pastorek: Graduate Student Jennifer Nicole Seidl” Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center $16,299 Psychology
William Paloski “NASA Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Agreement: Manager, Human Research Program” NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Johnson Space Center $413,525 Health and Human Performance
Claudia Schmuckli “Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art” National Endowment for the Arts $50,000 Blaffer Gallery
Amanda Venta “Oxytocin and Social Engagement” National Institute of Mental Health $62,350 Psychology
Sharon Wen “STARTALK Texas Teacher Program at the University of Houston” National Security Agency $92,050 Modern and Classical Languages
Rheeda Walker-Obasi “A Transdisciplinary Prevention Center Focused on Rural African American Families” National Institute of Health flow through University of Georgia $20,817 Psychology
Michael Zvolensky “Integrated Smoking Cessation Treatment for Emotional Dysregulation” National Institute on Drug Abuse $660,565 Psychology
Michael Zvolensky “Anxiety Reduction Treatment for HIV+ Individuals” National Institute of Mental Health $34,471 Psychology

National Foundations and Organizations

Faculty
Project
Agency Award Department
James Conyers "ACT Preparation in Houston, Texas:  The Mate Masie Educational Model" National Council for Black Studies $1,800 African American Studies
Karen Farber “Proposal Development Funds REPRESENT!” Association of Performing Arts Presenters $5,000 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
Karen Farber “Radar LA – Hospital” New England Foundation for the Arts $700 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
Nicolas Kanellos “At Risk: Latino boys and men across California” Marguerite Casey Foundation $50,000 Arte Publico Press
Charles S. Kayne “Enhanced Development of the Office of Scientific Data Review and Dissemination - Joshua Yellen” WYLE Laboratories $45,625 Health and Human Performance
Elaine Liu “Confucianism and Social Preferences: Evidence from Lab Experiments” Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange $13,354 Economics
Carla Sharp “The effects of exogenous oxytocin on mentalizing and the moderating role of attachment security in adolescents with borderline traits” American Psychoanalytic Association $19,748 Psychology
Christiane Spitzmueller “Assessing Incident Rates Among INGAA Foundation Member Organizations” INGAA Foundation $5,400 Psychology
Jennifer Tackett “Behavior and Personality Development Research for ACT” ACT, Inc. $40,950 Psychology

State Organizations

Faculty
Project
Agency Award Department
Alan Austin “Texas Music Festival 2013” Texas Commission on the Arts $9,000 Moores School of Music
Karen Farber “Arts Respond Performance Support grant: Sehba Sarwar 2” Texas Commission on the Arts $4,500 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
Nicolas Kanellos “TCA-HEALTH & HUMAN SERVIES: Hispanic Children's Wellness Books” Texas Commission on the Arts $2,535 Arte Publico Press
Nicolas Kanellos “TCA Operational Support” Texas Commission on the Arts $6,000 Arte Publico Press
Nicolas Kanellos “TCA Education - Arts Respond Project” Texas Commission on the Arts $4,000 Arte Publico Press
Rex Koontz “South-Central Mesoamerican Conference 2013 Keynote Address” Humanities Texas $1,400 Art
Paul Massman “Clinical Neuropsychology Training-UTHSCH Breier: Graduate Student Lindsey Harik” University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston $19,559 Psychology
Lan Ni “Ethical Community Stakeholder Engagement in the Global Environment: Impact on Relationship Management and Conflict Resolution” Penn State University - The Arthur W. Page Center Research Center $3,000 Jack J. Valenti School of Communication
John Roberts TRIP-CLASS Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board $112,500 Dean, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Claudia Schmuckli “BLF Yr1 Arts Create - FY 13/14” Texas Commission on the Arts $14,000 Blaffer Gallery

City Organizations

Faculty
Project
Agency Award Department
Anthony Gary Dworkin “Agreement between Aldine Independent School District and University of Houston” Aldine Independent School District $18,000 Sociology
Karen Farber “En-Masse” The Houston Arts Alliance $10,000 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
Nicolas Kanellos “HAA - General Operation Support 2014” The Houston Arts Alliance $10,000 Arte Publico Press
Paul Massman “Clinical Neuropsychology Training-The Methodist Hospital-Dulay/Podell- Student: Alex Alverson” The Methodist Hospital $8,962 Psychology
Paul Massman “Clinical Neuropsychology Training-Houston Neuropsychology Group-Largen/Davis: Student Lee Wiegand” Houston Neuropsychology Group $17,923 Psychology
Paul Massman “Clinical Neuropsychology Training-TIRR Mem Hermann-Struchen” TIRR Memorial Hermann $37,480 Psychology
Paul Massman “Clinical Neuropsychology Training-BCM/TCH Blue Bird Circle Clinic-Chapieski: Graduate Students John Elias & Elyssa Gerst” Texas Children’s Hospital $37,480 Psychology
Paul Massman “Clinical Neuropsychology Training-The Methodist Hospital-Dulay/Podell-Student: V.Williams”  The Methodist Hospital $9,780 Psychology

Universtiy of Houston

Faculty
Project
Agency Award Department
Candice Alfano “Targeted Behavioral Treatment (TBT) of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) in Children” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Psychology
Kenneth L. Brown “Testing the Use of Designs as Symbols in 18th Through Early 20th Century African American Culture” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Comparative Cultural Studies
Lindita Camaj “The Impact of Freedom of Information (FOI) Legislation on Journalists' Access to Public Records in a New Democracy” University of Houston - New Faculty Research Program $6,000 Jack J. Valenti School of Communication
Jennifer Clark “The Institutional Foundations of Party Unity in the 101 U.S. Legislatures” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Political Science
Mabel Cuesta “Lydia Cabrera, Anthology and Fobidden Desires” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Hispanic Studies
Stephanie Daniels “Feasibility of Screening Swallowing in Stroke Patients” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Communication Science and Disorders
Emran El-Badawi “The Qur'an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions” University of Houston - New Faculty Research Program $6,000 Modern and Classical Languages
Stacey Gorniak “Comparing the Effects of Duration and Severity of Type II Diabetes in Upper Extremity Function to Health Individuals” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Health and Human Performance
Helen Hattab “16th and 17th Century Commentators on Aquina's Doctrine of Substantial Forms” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Philosophy
Daphne Hernandez “Food Insecurity and Obesity Paradox Among Hispanic Mothers and Children” University of Houston - New Faculty Research Program $6,000 Health and Human Performance
Samantha Kwan “Bodywork - Clusters and Sequences, Psychological Health, and Social Networks” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Sociology
Tracey Ledoux “A Parent Focused Approach to Developing Healthy Eating Behaviors Among Toddlers - A Feasibility Study” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Health and Human Performance
Delilah Montoya “Contemporary Casta Portraits” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Jack J. Valenti School of Communication
Christopher Northup “The Eyes Have It - Understanding User Gaze and Information Processing” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Jack J. Valenti School of Communication
Howard Pollack “John Latouche - A Biography” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Moores School of Music
John Reed “Phantom - Midi Instruments to Allow Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Performance in Novel Musical System” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 School of Art
R. Todd Romero “Metacom's New England (originally titled, King Philip's New England)” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 History
Arthur Santana “Engaging a New Channel of Information:  Reporter's Use of Social Media” University of Houston - New Faculty Research Program $6,000 Jack J. Valenti School of Communication
Susan Scarrow “Political Party Database Project - Database Preparation Support” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Political Science
James Schafer “The Business of Private Medical Practice:  Doctors, Specialization, and Urban Change in Philadelphia, 1900-1940” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 History
Carla Sharp “The Effect of Oxytocin on Trust Between Parents and Adolescents” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Psychology
Tamler Sommers ” A Very Bad Wizard - Morality Behind the Curtain. 2nd Edition (Nine New Interviews)” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Philosophy
Judith Steinhoff “Representing Grief in Gothic Tuscan Art - Image, Religion, and Civic Proscriptions” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 School of Art
Andrea Szabo “The Interaction of Formal and Informal Markets in Ghana” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Economics
Cedric Tolliver “Of Vagabonds and Fellow Travelers:  African Diasporic Cosmopolitan Culture and the Cold War” University of Houston - New Faculty Research Program $6,000 English
Jennifer Wingard “Branded Bodies, Rhetoric, and the Neoliberal Nation-State” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 English
Zhiwen Xiao “Ecological Risk Factors of HIV Infection Among African American Women” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Jack J. Valenti School of Communication
Sandra Zalman “Surrealism in the 1960s” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 School of Art
Ling Zhu “Political Exclusion, Welfare Reforms, and the Chilling Effect on Immigrant's Health Take-Up:  A Multi-Level Analysis” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Political Science
Michael Zvolensky “Panic-Relevant Sensations and Smoking” University of Houston-Small Grants Program $3,000 Psychology