Lab News

The University of Maryland, along with Dr. Cixin Wang and Dr. Rashawn Ray, has partnered with AT&T to develop the Terrapin Upstander Program, an anti-bullying effort aimed at analyzing the causes of bullying and implementing tools and resources to help prevent it, both online and off in alignment with National Bullying Prevention Month. Take a look here to see what it's all about!

Congratulations to Diksha Bali and Mazneen Havewala for winning the APA Division 48 Small Grant!

This small grant program is for research, education, and community projects in peace psychology. The title of their project is "Peace and Healthy Relationships in the Family: Applied Workshops and Evaluations in Context of the Indian COVID-19 Crisis". Diksha and Mazneen will provide parenting workshops to promote peace and healthy relationships within the family unit in India.

Congratulations to Mazneen Havewala for winning the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Doctoral Students Research Grant!

This is for her project titled "Examining the Effectiveness of YMHFA Among Asian Americans: A Randomized-Controlled Trial". The research aims to understand the effects of Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training among Asian American parents who have adolescent children between the ages of 11 and 20. Check her out on the MHFA website!

Drs. Cixin Wang and Charissa Cheah receive Russell Sage Foundation Grant!

Their reserach examines how the experience of anti-Asian sentiment and discrimination informs social identity development and civic engagement among Asian American parents and their adolescent children in times of COVID-19.

Drs. Cixin Wang and Rashawn Ray Receive BBI Seed Grant to Develop Cyberbullying Interventions

Cixin Wang
Drs. Cixin Wang (Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education) and Rashawn Ray (Sociology) received a BBI seed grant for their project: The Impact of Race and Gender on Cyberbullying and Interventions among Middle School and High School Students. Despite the rise and detrimental effects of cyberbullying, there is little research that addresses how the race and gender of victims impact the likelihood of bystanders to intervene. Their research directly responds to these concerns with the aim of identifying the cognitive, risk, mental health, and protective factors that increase the likelihood of peers to intervene in cyberbullying. Intervening is a stressful encounter. Accordingly, rarely is the physiology of bystanders assessed. Results from this study will inform their future work to speak to this important gap in the literature. In addition to developing an educational plan that will be implemented by Prince George’s County Public Schools, they plan to use results from this study to apply for external grants to develop a virtual reality program that examines the physiological responses of bystanders. Read more about the BBI grant program here. 

Dr. Cixin Wang, winner of APA Visionary Grant!
APA Visionary Grant