Professor Emily Diamond and doctoral researcher, Lauren Hernandez, have started work on a national pain study. From their more than 700 participants, they're learning about the kinds of people endure, barriers to effective treatment and care, and what's working for people. They're learning about the coping strategies people use, the impact of pain on relationships, and whether people feel that a national pain hotline may help with overdose, pain-related dispair, and get people into medical care.
Several student researchers are currently doing studies to expand our knowledge on LGBTQI+ issues.
Professor Emily Diamond has been working on expanding the ways we think about trauma and adversity. Profoundly moved by the original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) survey by Dr. Vincent Felitti, which asks adults to retrospectively report on 10 forms of trauma they may have endured growing up, she expanded on it. The original survey asks about traumas which mostly may have occurred in the home. Over the years, it's become clear that as ACE scores go up, there are more risks to health, from asthma to cancers, substance abuse, suicidality and shorter life expectancy. In launching the Health Path Project, she's learning about adversity that's happening not only in the home, but also the community. This expansion includes people's experiences of surviving natural disasters, and not being able to see doctors or afford needed medical treatments. It asks about feeling like there's no one to turn to. She's asking not only about what happened in childhood but experiences happening now in adulthood too. Professor Diamond is interested in both the health consequences of adversity, but also learning from her participants what they feel would make them healthier and more resilient, and what would make their community a healthier place to live. The Health Path Study already has more than 1200 responses so far. She's looking to expand her study in order to deepen her knowledge.
Professor Emily Diamond, Dr. Bridget Wieckowski, and Dr. Edward Ferrero are working on understanding the impact of natural disasters on children and adults. How people coped, the impacts on their families, and how they're doing now. From their participants they're learning about how people have been impacted, both in the immediate days following the disaster, to the longer-term impacts such as having to leave school, move out of the community, and impacts on their relationships, and their well-being. In a climate destabilizaing world, everything we can learn from people is valuable information to help us take better care of each other.
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