Research Initiatives

Current Research Grants

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health continues a successful record of receiving grant funding from local, state and national foundations and state and federal funding agencies.  Grants focus primarily on clinical or community-based research. Listed (alphabetically by title) are many of the current research grants awarded to departmental faculty.


A Model for Primary Care Management of Alcohol Use Disorders Among Homeless Women (NIAAA) - Linda Weinreb, MD and Carole Upshur, EdD

Addressing Behavior Problems in Preschool Settings (NIMH) - Carole Upshur, EdD

Assessing the Collaborative Care Environment in Primary Care Environment in Primary Care (University of Vermont/NIH) - Dan Mullin, PsyD 

Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) - A Potential Biomarker of Nicotine Withdrawal (Pfizer) - Joe DiFranza, MD

Community Health Workers as Ad Hoc Interpreters: Balancing Role Extension (UMass CCTS Community Engagement and Research pilot grant program) - Lee Hargraves, PhD

Community Health Workers Using Patient Stories to Support Hypertension Management (NIMHD) - Lee Hargraves PhD

CONtrolling Disease Using Inexpensive IT Hypertension in Diabetes: CONDUIT-HID (AHRQ) – Barry Saver, MD, MPH

Cost, Benefit & Regulation of Buprenorphine Treatment for Medicaid Beneficiaries (NIDA) – Robin Clark, PhD

Direct Engagement of Stakeholders in Translating CER into Clinical Guidelines (PCORI) - Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH

Early Innovator (HHS/Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight) - Jay Himmelstein, MD, MPH

Evaluation of the Massachusetts Health Disparities Collaborative (RWJF) - Lee Hargraves, PhD

Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change (RWJF) - Lee Hargraves, PhD

Health Needs and Barriers to Perinatal Care for Women with Mobility Disabilities (NIH) - Monica Mitra, PhD

Health Surveillance of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (CDC) – Alexandra Bonardi, OTR/L, MHA 

High Deductable Health Plans in Massachusetts: Adoption of HDHPs and Patterns of Health Care Utilization and Spending (Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA)) - Wen-Chieh Lin, PhD

Influence and Evidence: Understanding Consumer Choices in Preventive Care (PCORI) - Barry Saver, MD, MPH

Integrated Care Model for Homeless Women (NIMH) - Linda Weinreb, MD and Carole Upshur, EdD

Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health Care: From Acute Care in the Emergency Room to Continuity Care in Medical Homes (MA EOHHS) - Tina Runyan, PhD

Kidsteps II: Promoting School Readiness Through Social-emotional Skill Building in Preschool (US Dept. of Education) - Carol Upshur, EdD

Meeting the Needs of Pregnant Women with PTSD in Healthy Start ( HRSA-MCH ) Linda Weinreb, MD and Carole Upshur, EdD

Primary Prevention for Resettled Refugees from Burma (Worcester County Prevention Research Center) - Suzanne Cashman, ScD and Heather-Lyn Haley, PhD

Project HealthChange: Rethinking the Power and Potential of Personal Health Records (RWJF) - Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH

Promoting Breast Cancer Screening in Non-Adherent Women (NCI) - Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH

Reminders for Your Health (BCBS) - Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH

Supporting Patient and Provider Managment of Chronic Pain with a PDA Application Linked to a Personal Health Record (RWJF) - Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH

Systematic Review of Oral Health Interventions Aimed to Reduce Health Disparities in Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (AADMD AND CDC) - Alexandra Bonardi, PhD 

Telephone Counseling to Support Colon Cancer Screening in Primary Care (NCI)Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH

The Risks and Benefits of Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Noncancer Pain in Primary Care (Commonwealth Medicine) - Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH

The Quality of Buprenorphine Treatment for Medicaid Beneficiaries (Massachusetts) (NIDA) - Jeffry Baxter, MD

Understanding and Addressing the Legal Needs of Refugees (UMMS - CTSA) - Heather Lyn Haley, PhD