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Doing Translational Research explores the process of translating research findings into policy and practice and working with practitioners and policy makers to design more effective research studies. The podcast is produced by The Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR) at Cornell University. The BCTR expands, strengthens, and speeds the connections between research, policy, and practice to enhance human development and well-being.
 
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This is the debut episode of the new BCTR director Tony Burrow! Tony welcomes Patrick Hill, who studies how individuals consider and ultimately commit to a purpose for life. Hill notes that we all face difficult times where we have to decide who we are and where we want to go. He's interested in helping people find direction at times of uncertainty…
 
In Chris' final episode as Doing Translational Research host and director of the BCTR, he talks to his friend and colleague Andrew Papachristos, a professor of sociology doing translational criminology. How can social science help identify who will become a victim of gun violence and how to best intervene? Chris and Andy discuss this as well as And…
 
Chris welcomes Lauren Brinkley-Rubenstein, assistant professor of social medicine at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Their wide-ranging conversation covers: the definition of social medicine, how COVID-19 more greatly impacts people in prisons and jails*, of course they cover her work with community partners, and there's a ghost named…
 
This month we hear from our own Jane Powers, project director of ACT for Youth. Jane and Chris get into the history and work of ACT, changing communities to be better environments for young people, building capacity in practitioners, the strength of partnerships with diverse perspectives and Jane's life examining adolescent development.Jane Powers,…
 
In our first episode recorded in coronavirus separation, Chris speaks with Tasseli McKay, a social science researcher in the division for applied justice research at Research Triangle International. They discuss the most common acts of violence: partner violence; and the interplay of family violence in the context of mass incarceration. Tasseli not…
 
This episode Chris is joined by Emily Wang of Yale's Health Justice Lab, a collaborative, innovative interdisciplinary team focused on improving the health of individuals and communities who have been affected by mass incarceration. They discuss her work with incarcerated and recently-incarcerated patients; how the transition from incarceration to …
 
This month's guest is the BCTR's own Martha Holden, director of the Residential Child Care Project (RCCP). She and Chris discuss her years of studying, and training care workers, how to keep children in care safe and healthy. They cover how power struggles escalate, working with state agencies and facilities, working with children with trauma and R…
 
The foundation of his research interests stem from his background growing up in a large, working-class family in South Dakota, Dan Lichter explains. He and Chris discuss rural communities and how they develop and grow, poverty, issues of racial diversity and identity and the sentiment of disenfranchisement in rural communities. Lichter has always d…
 
Karen Levy has a background in sociology and law and studies the social, legal and ethical implications of technology. She and Chris get into her interest in the employment of surveillance in mundane contexts: the workplace, households and in intimate partner relationships. They discuss when individuals use surveillance on each other as well as whe…
 
Our guest Bruce Lewenstein is a professor in the Departments of Communication and of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University. A historian and social scientist, his main focus is the public understanding of science. He and Chris discuss studying scientific controversies and the essential importance of listening to and understanding what…
 
Lars Andersen of the Rockwool Foundation in Copenhagen, Denmark joins us this month to discuss his research on crime and the consequences of punishment. He and Chris discuss the importance of using quality data to answer questions or reexamine existing knowledge based on poor data; how criminal justice professionals (wardens, guards, parole officer…
 
This month guest host and BCTR associate director Maria Fitzpatrick chats with Will Hobbs about his research on sudden changes and how people adapt to them. The change in question could be personal, like the death of a friend, or societal, like a governmental policy shift. As a researcher, he's most often associated with methods such as data scienc…
 
This month we welcome Lonnie Berger, director of the Institute for Research on Poverty and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and Ph.D. Program Chair at the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His work aims to inform public policy in order to improve its capacity to assist families in accessing resources, improving …
 
This month Chris chats with political scientist Jamila Michener. Jamila gets into her interest in politics and inequality from an early age; how public policy plays a role in alienating people at the economic and racial margins; and how connections to stakeholders shape her work.Jamila Michener is an assistant professor in the Department of Governm…
 
This time Chris is joined by his collaborator, political scientist Peter Enns. They get into Peter's work examining how how policy can be informed by public opinion in such areas as mass incarceration and unerstanding election resutls. He also explains why it's a good time for criminal justice reform.Peter K. Enns is an associate professor in the D…
 
Shannon Gleeson studies workplace rights, the experiences of immigrant workers and the role of advocacy organizations in holding government bureaucracies accountable. She and Chris discuss the overlap between immigration and labor policy, immigrant labor rights, the often-overlooked importance of policy implementation and working with various stake…
 
Melissa Ferguson is an expert in social cognition, studying how our unconscious attitudes and goals differ from our stated or self-perceived ones. She and Chris discuss her research in this area using implicit association tests to measure implicit prejudice, with the ultimate goal of changing it. They also get into the replication issues with psych…
 
This month we happily welcome Phyllis Moen, current McKnight Endowed Presidential Chair in Sociology at the University of Minnesota, and former Cornell faculty and founding director of the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center at Cornell. Chris and Phyllis discuss her research on the mismatch between outdated work-time and career/retirement scripts and…
 
Amanda Purington is our guest this episode. She and host Janis Whitlock discuss Amanda's work on Social Media TestDrive, a program that gives youth a safe, simulated online experience. TestDrive also sparks conversations between youth, youth practitioners and parents about online safety, cyberbullying, and positive online experiences. Amanda has lo…
 
Chris is joined by bethany ojalehto of Cornell's Department of Human Development this episode. They discuss bethany's work examining how we conceptualize the natural world and how our perspectives influence what we find possible in that context. She works with the indigenous Ngöbe communities of Panama and non-indigenous people in the US and elsewh…
 
Guest host Janis Whitlock talks to Kimberly Kopko about her research on parenting, parenting education, and working with communities. Kopko notes the importance of getting buy-in from the right people at community agencies when collaborating on a research project, and the need to work to give all children an equally strong start in life.Kimberly Ko…
 
In our first episode with host and new BCTR Director Chris Wildeman, we hear from Bruce Western, who studies incarceration and reentry into society. They discussincarceration's effect on social and economic inequality; Dr Western's feeling that big datasets weren't telling the whole story about incarceration and reentry - and how his research took …
 
Our guest Neil Lewis studies how the interplay between social identity and social contexts shape motivation and goal-pursuit processes. He uses this framework to understand social disparities, particularly disparities in education and health outcomes. He and Karl discuss ways that identity and social situations can affect health outcomes, obstacles…
 
It's our 20th episode! This seemed like a good moment to address a question we often hear: What is translational research?To tackle this important question Karl is joined by BCTR associate director John Eckenrode. They cover the origins of translational research, and how it differs from "basic" and "applied" research. There are some examples of tra…
 
BCTR associate director Chris Wildeman sits in for Karl Pillemer this episode. Our guest James Garbarino argues that teenage killers are not doomed to a life of violence and most can be reahabilitated by the time they are fully-developed adults. They also talk about sentencing in these cases, how the judicial system deals with young killers, and wh…
 
Maria Fitzpatrick, the current Milman Fellow in the Bronfenbrenner Center, sat down with Karl to talk about her work centering on creating well being for the most vulnerable: children and elder adults. Maria is the first economist we've had on the podcast! They discuss mortality and retirement, the opoid crisis and child maltreatment, Maria's insig…
 
In this episode we hear from Janis Whitock, director of the Youth Risk and Opportunity Lab in the Bronfenbrenner Center at Cornell University. She and Karl talk about how she unexpectedly began to study self-injury in youth, and how that focus has widened to examine the risks youth face in their transition to adulthood. Dr. Whitlock also discusses …
 
In this episode BCTR director Karl Pillemer welcomes Dr. Monika Safford to discuss how the chronically ill rural poor are underserved or completely unserved by the current health care system. This lack of resources has created resourceful and creative community medical groups that fill in the gaps, and with whom Dr. Safford and her team have partne…
 
Peter Lloyd-Sherlock examines the social protection, health, and well being of older people in developing countries. In this conversation he looks at some myths about elder care in developing countries (strong family support is not always present or adequate), considers the responsibilities of researchers who collaborate with NGOs, and calls for gr…
 
Dana Weiner provides analytic consultaion to child welfare systems, using existing data to help policy makers better help children in need. She and Karl discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with using data and research evidence to inform decision making in public policy. Her highly collaborative work focuses on the prevention of prob…
 
In this episode Karl chats with Dr. Elissa Kozlov about psychological support for patients in palliative care. Dr. Kozlov also discusses insurance coverage for mental health in palliative care, support for family members, and the important difference between palliative and hospice care (they're not at all the same thing!).Dr. Elissa Kozlov is a T32…
 
In this episode Karl and Marney Thomas discuss her decades of work evaluating military programs that support soldiers' and their families' health and well being.Marney Thomas is Military Projects Director Emeritus and Co-Principal Investigator Military Projects in the BCTR. Her research includes examining the implementation/impact of US Army family…
 
In this episode Megan Comfort and Karl chat about deeper engagement with communities, particularly post-study, integrating community feedback into the research process, and the effects of incarceration on families.Megan Comfort is a senior research sociologist in Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International’s Behavioral Health and Criminal Justi…
 
Dr. Mardelle M. Shepley is a professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis and associate director of the Cornell Institute for Health Futures. A registered architect, she interweaves teaching and practice.She and Karl discuss using evidence-based design to solve problems, the impact of the physical environment on behavior, collab…
 
This time Karl welcomes Jen Agans, assistant director of the Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement (PRYDE). They discuss the importance of research/community partnerships, Agan's research on children's out-of-school time, and Agans explains what exactly the 4-H program is.Dr. Jennifer Agans is assistant director of PRYDE in the B…
 
Brian Leidy is director of The Military Projects in the Bronfenbrenner Center. He and Karl discuss the project's work doing process evaluation for the military and the challenges and importance of supporting this unique community.Brian D. Leidy is a senior extension associate and the principal investigator for the Military Projects in the Bronfenbr…
 
In this episode Karl Pillemer talks with Marianella Casasola about her work examining infant cognitive development, early word learning, and early spatial cognition. Dr. Casasola talks about her experiences partnering with Head Start to do research, details of her more recent findings, and she gives some advice that any new parent can easily employ…
 
This time Karl talks with Christopher Wildeman about his research on mass incarceration and inequality. Christopher Wildeman is an associate professor of policy analysis and management in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, where he is also co-director of the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect and a faculty fellow here…
 
In this episode Bronfenbrenner Center director Karl Pillemer talks with Anthony Burrow, assistant professor of Human Development, director of the Purpose and Identity Processes Lab, and co-director of the Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement (PRYDE) at Cornell.Karl and Tony discuss the importance of purpose in the lives of young…
 
In this episode Bronfenbrenner Center director Karl Pillemer talks with Corinna Loeckenhoff, associate professor of Human Development and director of the Laboratory for Healthy Aging at Cornell and associate professor of Gerontology in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.Karl and Corinna discuss Dr. Loeckenhoff's research on aging and its eff…
 
In this episode we hear from Andy Turner, who heads the 4-H Youth Development Program in New York State. He talks with BCTR director Karl Pillemer about 4-H/Cornell connections and changes he sees that will keep 4-H at the forefront of youth development programming.Andy has over 25 years' experience in Cooperative Extension/4-H. Advancing environme…
 
In our second episode BCTR director Karl Pillmer talks to Dr. Charles Izzo, a research associate in the BCTR studying the multi-level processes by which programmed interventions influence human functioning and health. His work focuses on factors that influence the quality of interactions between those in the helping professions (youth workers, home…
 
In this episode of Doing Translational Research, BCTR director Karl Pillemer interviews Cornell professor of nutritional science Carol Devine. Professor Devine studies how food choices over the life course are shaped by life transitions, social roles, and the lived environment.By Bronfenbrenner Center
 
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