SJSU Research Grants
SJSU Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Awards
The purpose of the SJSU RSCA Awards is to support the research, scholarship and creative activity of tenure-track and tenured faculty at all stages of their career. Recent CASA awardees of RSCA grants are listed below.
- Liz Cara, OT
Changes in Roles and Occupations After Major Life Trauma. This project continues research into genocide. The goal of this pilot project is to study the changes in women’s roles and occupations after major life trauma. The objectives are to explore the daily life occupations and roles of women in Rwanda, how their current roles and occupations intersect and are influenced by different environments and contexts. It operationalizes the mission statements of SJSU, CASA and the occupational therapy department to provide ethical teaching from a global and interdisciplinary perspective. It expands the definition of daily life occupations, a major concept underlying occupational therapy.
- Amy D'Andrade, Social Work
Disseminating Findings from a State-Wide Study of Service Delivery in Child Welfare Reunification. The purpose of this project is to disseminate findings from a study funded by the California Social Work Education Center that used a state-wide survey, county outcome data, and interview data to 1) identify current models of reunification services delivery; 2) determine their association with improved outcomes; and 3) explore promising models. Results will contribute to efforts to improve service delivery for reunifying parents and improve outcomes for children and families.
- Deepika Goyal, Nursing
Intervention to Improve Infant and Parent Outcomes in Asian Americans: A Feasibility & Acceptability Study. Infant crying/sleeping problems are commonly experienced by new parents during the postpartum period. Research suggests inconsolable infant crying and erratic infant sleep are associated with parental fatigue and postpartum depression. To date, research examining interventions to improve infant crying/sleep has not included Asian Americans (AAs). This is of concern as AAs are among the fastest growing minority populations in the U. S. Moreover, Asian Americans are less likely to seek mental health services given the stigma and shame attached to mental illness. This study aims to examine the feasibility and acceptability of an evidence-based intervention to improve infant cry/sleep among AAs.
- Lili Luo, SLIS
Enhancing Practitioner Research: Analyzing Existing Research Trends to Improve Research Education. Through a critical content analysis of LIS journal articles in the past decade, this study will identify the topics, trends, methods, strengths, and weaknesses of practitioner research. With that knowledge, educators and practitioners will be able to critically reflect on methodological designs, gain knowledge regarding best practices and common pitfalls in practitioner research, identify research trends, and make more informed decisions when providing training and education to practitioners. Ultimately, findings will help practitioners accomplish their research objectives and create new knowledge that improves library services.
- Michael Stevens, SLIS
Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs): Evaluating and Refining SJSU’s First Not-for-Credit MOOC. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are touted by some as a means to transform teaching and learning for the 21st century, presenting an opportunity for global, open learning. Understanding this new, evolving landscape and its potential to make learning more accessible and affordable should be a priority for educators. SJSU offered its first for-credit MOOCs in Spring 2013, and the university’s first not-for-credit MOOC will be offered in Fall 2013. This study will add to emerging knowledge regarding MOOCs and help SJSU leaders better understand their potential.
- Miranda Worthen, Health Sciences
A longitudinal study of the reintegration experiences of young veterans and their parents. Nearly half of young, unmarried veterans in California live with their parents after leaving the military. While extensive research has examined veteran's experiences living with spouses, only one study has examined the experiences of veterans living with their parents after separation. This project seeks to expand that work by initiating a longitudinal qualitative study with veterans and their parents. Veterans and their parents will be recruited to begin annual interviews capturing: 1) veterans' experiences of reintegration, 2) parents' experiences after veteran children move home, and 3) changes in veteran-parent relationships over time.