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LU researchers awarded more than $354K

Seven different projects awarded research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Manal Alzghoul,
Dr. Manal Alzghoul (supplied photo)

THUNDER BAY – Seven research projects at Lakehead University are getting a collective $354,000 boost in funding.

According to a release issued on Thursday by the Thunder Bay school, the projects in question have earned Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grants to help researchers continue their work.

Among the recipients is Dr. Amanda Maranzan, an associate professor in psychology, who received a $70,528 Insight grant for her project, Honest, Open, Proud – College, to help students make decisions about disclosure, which vary by setting, according to the release.

“This program teaches relatively safe ways to disclose should the student decide to do so, and helps students craft stories that reflect their disclosure goals,” Maranzan said.

“Prior research on this anti-stigma reduction program found evidence of reduced self-stigma, increased perceived resources to cope with stigma-related distress, and greater self-efficacy regarding disclosure amongst postsecondary students.”

Maranzan and her team will examine the impacts of this disclosure-based stigma reduction strategy on variables that are important to postsecondary students: self-esteem, self-efficacy, social support, and academic achievement.

This research will also assess the role played by disclosure decisions, behavior and affirming attitudes. Researchers will determine the feasibility of HOP-C to support scaling-up this anti-stigma approach if appropriate.

Dr. Manal Alzghoul, an assistant professor in nursing, is getting $63,500 to further research into immigrant parents’ knowledge and cultural beliefs and factors contributing to the risk of unintentional injury to children.

Unintentional injuries are one of the leading causes of death among children around the world, and also in Canada. The impacts can be massive.

“My research will examine the acceptability of injury prevention programs to immigrant parents,” Alzghoul said, adding that she and her team will conduct the study with immigrant families living in northern and rural Ontario.

The project is expected to take two years to complete.

Other grants include $20,166 to Travis Hay, a postdoctoral fellow and his project, Indigenous Learning – The Colonial History of Medicine in Northwestern Ontario 1930-1990; $59,615 to Ravi Gokani, an assistant professor in social work, for the project, Proselytism and Service Provision in Conservative Evangelical Faith Based Organizations: Managing Competing Mandates; $49,431 to Deborah Scharf, an assistant professor of psychology, for Adolescent Exposure to Cannabis Marketing; $38,203 to Sylvane Filice for Looking Back, Looking to the Future: A Hermeneutic Approach to Examining the Experiences of Francophone Nurses in Northern Ontario;

A three-year Insight grants was also awarded to Valerie Hebert ($51,473) for Five Shots from Sdolbunow: Photographs of the Holocaust by Bullets, 1942.

Leith Dunick

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