We Research to Make a Difference

Recent awards supporting research and sponsored projects includes:


Kim Williams

Williams received NSF funding and a Fulbright for the coming year in Oman. She also received NSF funds of approximately $100,000 since 2013 for a research study: Negotiating Identity and Building the Landscape: 3rd Millennium BC Mortuary Traditions in Bronze Age Oman.

Center for Sustainable Communities

Meenar Mahbubur

Dr. Mahbubur received EPA $60,000 funding since 2014 for a research study: Visioning Green Stormwater Infrastructure Projects Through a Community-Driven Geodesign Process.

Criminal Justice

Steve Belenko

Belenko has received NIDA funds of about $1.5 million since 2013 for the Temple University Center for Adolescent Implementation Research. He also received the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania fund of about $115,000 since 2013 for his research study: Smart Probation: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities.

Jamie Fader

The University of Maryland has awarded Fader approximately $250,000 since 2013 for a research study: Reducing Gang Violence: An Evaluation of Functional Family Therapy.

Liz Groff

The Police Foundation (NIJ) has awarded Groff with approximately $125,000 since 2013 for a research study: Translating Near Repeat Theory into a Geospatial Policing Strategy. The NYPD also awarded her approximately $150,000 since 2013 for Testing the Effective Components of Hot Spot Policing Response Teams.

Jerry Ratcliffe

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded Ratcliffe $500K since 2011 for a research study: Predictive Modeling Combining Short and Long-term Crime Risk Potential. The U.S. Department of Justice also awarded him $175,000 since 2014 for a study, Towards Greater Effectiveness of the FBIs Anti-gang Violence Strategies, and $425,000 since 2015 for Policing Predicted Crime Areas: An Operationally-Realistic Randomized Controlled Field Experiment. He participated in the Philadelphia Police Department Smart Policing Project.

Aunshul Rege

Dr. Rege was awarded a $450k NSF CAREER award for her research study: Applying a Criminological Framework to Understand Critical Infrastructure Cyberattacks and Advanced Persistent Threats. The project runs from 2015-2020.

Caterina Roman

The U.S .Department of Justice awarded Dr. Roman about $300,000 since 2014 for a research study: Measuring Success in Focused Deterrence. John Jay College awarded her approximately $500,000 since 2010 for National Eva Community-BasedViolence Prevention Demonstration. The Rand Corporation awarded her $300,000 since 2011 for Gangs, Social Networks and Geography: Understanding the Factors Associated with Gang Desistance.

Jennifer Wood

The University of Illinois awarded Dr. Wood about $50,000 since 2012 for a research study: CIT and Mental Health Service Accessibility in Police Encounters: Impact on Outcomes of Persons with SMI.


Johanna (Catherine) Maclean

Dr. Maclean received approximately $100,000 for a one-year award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as well as subcontracts from Yale and Penn. With the funds, she will conduct a rigorous evaluation of the implementation of an insurance benefit plan that increases cost sharing for low-value care and reduces cost sharing for high-value care. The research will lead to important knowledge on the impact of such an approach for medical service utilization, costs and patient outcomes.

Geography and Urban Studies

Allison Hayes-Conroy

Dr. Hayes-Conroy received $130,000 from the NSF CAREER fund for a research study: Mapping the Role of Somatosenses in Youth-Based Creative Activity and Community Engagement.

Jeremy Mennis

Dr. Mennis received funds from Virginia Commonwealth University (NIH) in the approximate amount of $150,000 since 2012 for a research study: Social-Spatial Risk and Protective Mechanisms in Urban Adolescent Substance.

Hamil Pearsall

TTF Watershed Partnership, Inc. awarded Dr. Pearsall about $30,000 since 2014 for Tookany/Tacony Watershed Partnership Trash Mapping.

Christina Rosan

Swarthmore College awarded Dr. Rosan about $100,000 since 2013 for a study: Performance and Effectiveness of Urban Green Infrastructure: Maximizing Benefits at the Subwatershed Scale Through Measurement, Modeling, and Community-Based Implementation.

Institute for Public Affairs

Joseph P. McLaughlin, Jr.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the William Penn Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, and the Pittsburgh Foundation have awarded the Institute for Public Affairs a series of grants totaling $2,315,889 since 2008 for the construction of a comprehensive state policy database; research into issues such as education funding, economic development, and public pension reform; and for conducting informational sessions aimed at improving the policy making capacity of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the Philadelphia City Council, and other public, non-profit, and private sector leaders.

Institute for Survey Research

The NIH awarded the Institute for Survey Research (ISR) roughly $415,000 since 2012 for a a study: Perceptions of Community Level Violence and unintended Pregnancy Among Urban Women. George Washington University (NIH) awarded the ISR $800,000 since 2014 for Social-Structural Stressors, Resilience, and Black Men’s Sexual Risk Behavior. The University of Delaware awarded the ISR $250,000 since January for Time-Sensitive Obesity Policy and Program Evaluation. The MDRC Survey of Teachers and Administrators awarded the ISR about $685,000 since 2014; the MDRC EMCF SIF PACE Evaluation awarded the ISR $470,000 since 2014.


Tom Gould

NIDA awarded Dr. Gould about $1.4 million since 2011 for Nicotine Addiction: Learning, Neural and Genetic Process.

Lisa Briand

Dr. Briand received a grant from NIH before coming to Temple and brought the remaining three years of the work here with her. She will receive approximately $1,000,000 through 2017. The research will help in understanding what causes cocaine addicts to relapse when exposed to drug cues and stressful situations. It will also help to identify new pharmacological targets for the overall treatment of cocaine addiction.

Vinay Parikh

Dr. Parikh received the NIDA new award for $80,000 for his research study: Cognitive Control and Corticostriatal Bdnf Signaling During Nicotine Withdrawal. The University of Michigan (NIH) awarded him about $300,000 since 2010 for Choline Transporter Capacity Limits Motivated Behavior on Mice, Rats, and Humans.

Political Science

Sarah Bush

The NSF awarded Dr. Bush roughly $75,000 since 2014 for his research study: International Election Observation and Perceptions of Election Credibility: A Case Study in the Arab World.


Lauren Alloy

NIMH awarded Dr. Alloy roughly $1.35 million since July 2013 for research, Risk for Adolescent Depression: Stress, Cognitive Vulnerability, & Inflammation; $1.4 million since July 2013 for BAS and Bipolar Disorder: Prospective Bio-behavioral; and approximately $950,000 since December 2014 for Social and Circadian Rhythms, Reward Sensitivity, and Risk for Bipolar Disorder.

Debbie Bangassar

The NIMH awarded Dr. Bangassar about $800,000 since August 2012 for a research study: Sex Differences in Stress Receptors Underlie Female Vulnerability to Stress.

Jason Chein

The NIAA awarded Dr. Chein about $1.7 million since February 2011 for a research study: Combined Effects of Alcohol and Peer Context on Behavior and Neural Correlates of Youth Risk Taking.

Eunice Chen

The NIMH awarded Dr. Chen about $400,000 since July 2012 for a research study: Disorder and Obesity – a Pilot Study.

Lauren Ellman

Dr. Ellman was awarded roughly $1.8 million since March 2012 from the NIMH for a research study: Fetal Exposure to Maternal Stress and Inflammation: Effects on Neurodevelopment.

Liz Gunderson

Dr. Gunderson was awarded the NSF career award of about $300,000 this year. The award runs through 2020 for a research study, Spatial Foundations of Symbolic Numeracy Skills in Young Children.

Richard Heimberg

Dr. Heimberg was awarded the NIH award for Dental Anxiety Treatment Among Patients in a University Clinic Setting.

Kathy Hirsh Pasek

The Bezos Family Foundation awarded Dr. Pasek $65,000 for research on Enhancing the Foundation for Communication in Early Childhood. The U.S. Department of Education awarded her roughly $500,000 in 2015 for Language for Reading. The University of Delaware (IES) awarded her about $900,000 since 2011 for Using Developmental Science to Design a Computerized Preschool Language Assessment. Vanderbilt (IES) awarded her $700,000 since 20111 for Increasing Vocabulary in Preschoolers: Using Cognitive Science to Guide. The University of Delaware (NSF) awarded her research study: Spatial Training in Preschool: An Avenue to STEM.

Phil Kendall

Dr. Kendall received from the NIMH about $1.5 million since 2010 for research on Disseminating Evidence-Based Practice to the Schools: CBT for Child Anxiety, and about $375,000 since 2014 for 3/3 Treatment of Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Oregon Social Learning Center awarded him about $75,000 since 2013 for Stages of Implementation Completions for Evidence-Based Practice Project. The NIMH awarded him about $650,000 since 2012 for 4/6 Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Expanded Long-Term Study.

Peter Marshall

Dr. Marshall was awarded $230,000 since July 2013 from University of Washington for Social and Cognitive Influences on Action Processing in Infancy. he also received the new award from NIH for The Neuroscience of Self-Other Correspondence in Infancy; and the new award from NSF for Body Maps in Early Infancy: A Foundation for Social Engagement.

Michael McCloskey

NIMH awarded Dr. McCloskey $2.6 million since April 2010 for Cognitive Behavioral Aggression Treatment: Effects on Brain and Behavior.

Nora Newcombe

Dr. Newcombe continues to bring in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Center on Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center.  The current award period ends in September 2016, and will have brought in more than $15,000,000 over five years. 

Tom Olino

The NIMH awarded Dr. Olino about $325K since September 2013 for Reward-Related Brain Functioning as an Endophenotype for Depression.

Ingrid Olson

The NIMH awarded Dr. Olson about $2.2 million since July 2010 for The Neural Basis of Social Knowledge.

Tim (Thomas) Shipley

Dr. Shipley received $38,000 from Penn Inspire.

Larry Steinberg

The MacArthur Foundation continues their relationship with Dr. Steinberg on his Models for Change (Phase V) research; $3,000,000 was awarded for the current phase of this project. This work focuses on the impact of diverting first-time offenders who have committed relatively less serious offenses from formal processes in the justice system. It seeks to implement broad change in the justice systems in PA, Louisiana, Washington and Illinois. The current project period is set to end in December 2016. Since 2002, the foundation has granted Dr. Steinberg over $10,000,000. Other MacArthur funded work includes Research on Pathways to Desistance and Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Age Differences in Psychological Capacities Relevant to Judgements of Criminal Responsibility.

The Jacobs Foundation awarded Dr. Steinberg one million dollars for his study Age Differences in Judgment and Decision-Making: A Cross-National Study. The U.S. Department of Defense awarded him about $500,000 for Group Influences on Young Adult Warfighters “Risk-Taking.” Duke University awarded him about $100,000 for Parent Self-Regulation and Adolescent Functioning Across Cultures.


Tom Waidzunas

Dr. Waidzunas is on the verge of receiving two NSF awards regarding LGBT STEM professionals and the challenges they face.

Kim Goyette

The Henry Luce Foundation awarded Dr. Goyette $300,000 since 2013 for research on Expanding Opportunities for Research on Vietnam.

Temple's REU Program for Undergraduates

Our REU program sponsored by the National Science Foundation brings together a diverse group of undergraduate summer interns to become part of an interdisciplinary approach to science. In 2015, we're offering motivated students from institutions across the nation a competitive research experience in mobile cloud computing topics. This is an eight-week residential program to be held on Temple University's main campus located in the city of Philadelphia. Participants work on cutting-edge research topics and experience the social and cultural life of Philadelphia through organized events. Students acquire the skills necessary to formulate and solve a research problem and prepare for graduate studies. They hone their scientific written and oral communication skills.

For any inquiries, please contact Dr. Avinash Srinivasan at or (215)204-5774.

Researching Risk: Understanding the Adolescent Brain