Social Ecology

Change agent

Newly minted Ph.D. Deborah Lefkowitz is dedicated to solving real-world problems via community-engaged research

Assistant professor gets grant to crowdsource an online mental health intervention platform

Stephen Schueller, assistant professor of psychological science, has been awarded a three-year, $680,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop and evaluate a crowdsourced anxiety and depression intervention platform. Crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining input from large numbers of people via the internet. The project will increase understanding of various problems […]

UCI doctoral student to be awarded prestigious American Society of Criminology fellowship

Christopher  Contreras, a Ph.D. student in criminology, law & society, has been selected as a 2019 recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity. The award program, designed to assist minority graduate students, annually recognizes three fellows, based on their outstanding accomplishments and promise for future contributions […]

Media exposure to mass violence can fuel cycle of distress, 3-year longitudinal study shows

UCI researchers find that it can heighten people’s anxiety about and response to future events

Study finds links between genetic, postal codes in kids’ health, behavior and social outcomes

UCI co-leads first-of-its-kind research on effect of genes, geography on children’s lives

Seeing the way forward

With the help of a scholarship and disability services, blind sophomore Gordon Wong is working toward a bright future

Study finds that drug activity boosts crime in neighborhoods regardless of stability, wealth

The influence of drug activity on crime rates is independent of a neighborhood’s stability and socioeconomic status, according to a recent UCI study. “Communities with narcotics trafficking bring in serious, high-rate offenders, whose activities spill over into surrounding neighborhoods,” said lead author Christopher Contreras, a doctoral student in criminology, law & society. “Residential stability and […]

UCI online master’s program in criminology, law & society rises to No. 2 in national ranking

UCI’s Master of Advanced Study in criminology, law & society has advanced to No. 2 in the country in U.S. News & World Report‘s 2019 ranking of the Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs. A total of 77 schools with online criminal justice or criminology programs were evaluated in five categories: engagement, expert opinion, faculty […]

Pre-disaster predictions linked to post-disaster psychological outcomes, UCI study finds

First-of-its-kind research conducted in Florida before Hurricane Irma hit

National Institute of Justice awards grant of $780,000 to professor of psychological science

Elizabeth Cauffman, professor of psychological science at UCI, has received a $780,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice to evaluate the Orange County Young Adult Court. This will be the first randomized control trial in the country of a YAC. Such courts are designed to focus specifically on people between the ages of 18 […]