Faculty News


Recent Research Activity

May 2024, Dr. Sameera S. Nayak along with collaborators at Northeastern University and Cornell University, investigated associations between county-level political group density, partisan polarization, and individual-level mortality from all causes and from coronary heart disease.

May 2024, Dr. Aubrey Jackson Soller published her paper The gendered ecology of violent victimization and the stress process” on how the neighborhood context shapes the consequences of victimization for girls’ and boys’ mental health.

May 2024, As the 2024-2025 Lipitz Distinguished Professor at the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Dr. John Schumacher is set to expand his research on how generative artificial intelligence (Gen AI) is changing the way we teach in colleges. He plans to expand his focus beyond teaching/pedagogy to Gen AI’s emerging impacts on both the conduct and teaching of research/scholarship in the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. Dr. Schumacher suggests in-depth, sustained attention is urgently needed to thoughtfully engage the UMBC community of faculty, students, and staff regarding the rapidly changing Gen AI landscape.

December 2023, Dr. Sameera S. Nayak published a study that highlights structural barriers to the well-being of immigrant survivors of violence and makes policy recommendations for how to improve our current immigration system, “No Safe Spaces”: The Retraumatization and Dehumanization of Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence in the United States, in the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies in December 2023.

September 2023, Dr. Jun Chu published a study on “School-Based Health Centers, Access to Care, and Income-Based Disparities” in JAMA Network Open.

August 2023, Dr. Marina Adler and Dr. Tino Schlinzig from ETH Wohnforum in Zurich, concluded a study of nearby Brooklyn conducted by graduate students Molly Finch, David Gilliland, and Markya Reed that analyzed “How Age-friendly is Brooklyn?

July 2023, Dr. Sameera Nayak officially launched the Research on Social Conditions and Health Equity “ROSCHE” lab.

July, 2023, Dr. John Schumacher published a new article: “Developing a Geriatric Emergency Department, People, Processes, and Place.in Clinics in Geriatric Medicine.

June 2023, Dr. Sameera Nayak published an article: “Implementing Integrated Early Childhood Mental Health Services in Primary Care: Relationships, Vision, and Sustainability.” in Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research Health.

May 2023, Dr. Andrea Kalfoglou was awarded the UMBC START Grant for her proposal Problems Enforcing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.

May 2023, Dr. Marina Adler published a book: “The Changing Faces of Families: Diverse Family Forms in Various Policy Contexts” 

April 2023, Dr. Christine Mair published a study that examines the effects of widowhood, gender, and social ties on older Chinese adults titled “Widowhood, social networks, and mental health among Chinese older adults: The moderating Effects of gender.” in Frontiers in Psychology – Psychology of Aging. 

March 2023, Dr. Christine Mair published research that examines the later-life experiences of older adults without spouses or children titled “End-of-Life Experiences Among ‘Kinless’ Older Adults: A Nationwide Register-Based Study.” in Journal of Palliative Medicine. 

March 2023, Dr. Sameera Nayak published an article analyzing how well state-level abortion policies reflect public opinion titled “Alignment of state-level policies and public attitudes towards abortion legality and government restrictions on abortion in the United States.” in Social Science and Medicine.

February 2023, Dr. Christine Mair published an article examining the racial and ethnic disparities in stress and coping in areas of high environmental risk titled “Examining Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Coping and Stress Within an Environmental Riskscape.” in Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

February 2023, Dr. Brandy Wallace was awarded Year 3 funding on her project “Trauma Informed Care in Nursing Homes” by the Oregon Community Foundation.


Media Highlights

January 2024, Dr. Sameera S. Nayak presented her research, “Health in the Turbulent U.S. Sociopolitical Climate: Mental Health, Abortion Attitudes, & Immigration,” at the UCLA California Center for Population Research in January 2024.

October 2023, Dr. Christine Mair was featured in The Academic Minute for her research on caring for “kinless” older adults.

June 2023, Dr. Brandy Harris-Wallace and Dr. Christine Mair were featured in the “Retrieving the Social Sciences” Podcast where they discussed the Applied Sociology MA Program.

May 2023, Dr. Christine Mair addressed the aging population captured by the 2020 U.S. Census results in The Baltimore Sun


Last updated on March 12th, 2024