Pilot Projects are awarded!

Date Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

UMass CCTS Community Engagement & Research Section is pleased to award three 2014 Pilot Projects in Community Translational Research. These awards mark the fifth consecutive year of funding projects that utilize a collaborative approach of academic and community partners to tackle ‘real world’ problems in the community. Proposals were submitted by faculty from any UMass campus working in partnership with any community organization in an area of translational research focused improving health in real world communities.  

The Impact of Participation in Recovery Learning Communities on the Social Integration of People with Serious Mental Illnesses: 

Developing a Conceptual Framework

Recovery Learning Communities help people with serious mental illness build skills for success living and working in the community. This pilot project will investigate ways in which they can help people socially integrate into the community.

UMass Worcester

Kathleen Biebel, Ph.D                                     

Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Assistant Director of Operations, Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Department of Psychiatry

Community Partner

Brenda L. Vezina, LSW                     

Executive Director

Central Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community                                                                                          

Community Partner

Jonathan Delman, PhD, JD, MPH           

Research and Evaluation Director

Central Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community


A Culturally Appropriate Mindfulness Intervention for Survivors of Homicide: 
The UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) led by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), grant number UL1TR000161.

A Community-Based Participatory Research Project

Inner-city gun violence takes a toll on surviving family, friends, and first-responders. This project will explore the use of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as an effective tool to promote coping and healing for survivors, many of whom are low-income and persons of color. 

UMass Worcester

Carl Fulwiler, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

Director, Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center 

Department of Psychiatry

Community Partner

Ms. Clementina Chery

Executive Director

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

Show Back: A Partnership with the VNA Care Network to Improve on the Teach Back Paradigm When Assessing Older Adult Medication Self-Management 

At discharge, hospital patients are often prescribed new medications. Adverse drug events are the most common cause of complications patients face after being discharged from the hospital, and many of these complications can be prevented. This project will develop and test a checklist to assess a patient's ability to organize and take medications. After designing a checklist through this pilot project, the collaborators intend to conduct a clinical trial.

Mass Worcester 

Alok Kapoor, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Hospital Medicine

Community Partner

Keren Diamond, RN, BSN, MBA

Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations

Visiting Nurse Association, Boston & Affiliates