CUNY SPH faculty receive PSC-CUNY awards

May 2, 2017 | SPH Accolades

Last week the CUNY Research Foundation announced the recipients of the 48th Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) Research Awards. CUNY SPH is proud to announce four of our faculty received awards.


Emma Tsui

Reducing the mental health effects of client death on home care workers: Evaluating a pilot intervention

“The rapidly growing home care workforce faces a complex landscape of mental health stressors on the job. They are often caught between employer policies discouraging close relationships with clients and the realities of daily care—a tension that is heightened when clients die. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to use PSC-CUNY funds to explore how storytelling-based intervention can help workers to build mental health resilience and increase their engagement in collective action via unions.”


Betsey Eastwood

Describing Heterogeneity Among Women of Color with HIV among a National Sample: Implications for Policy and Practice

“Most studies about women or other populations of people with HIV tend to lump people together as if their alike. Our work tries to do just the opposite, which is to distinguish groups of women from one another to look at relative success in viral load suppression and success in our meeting and HIV medical care. We have a long way to go in describing these success stories and using them to provide better health care.”


Sandra Echeverria

Patterns in mode of physical activity and associations with diabetes prevalence in immigrant-origin populations

“Little evidence exists examining patterns in various modes of physical activity for immigrant-origin populations. This study will examine if patterns in select modes of physical activity differ for Latinos and non-Latino Whites, and the contribution of nativity status to this patterning. Given the disproportionate burden of diabetes among Latinos, the study also investigates if distinct modes of physical activity have the same health-enhancing effect on diabetes, which can inform the development of targeted public health interventions to increase active living and reduce cardiovascular risk.”


Nevin Cohen

Development of a Publicly Accessible Food Retail Database for NYC

“Food retail in New York City is changing rapidly, transforming neighborhood food environments. This project will create a publicly accessible database of food retail in NYC to facilitate analysis of the spatial distribution of supermarket closures and openings, relationships between shifts in food retail and neighborhood development, the impacts on low-income communities, and potential policy interventions.