Community-Based Participatory Research Pilot Awardees

The Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Scholars and Awards Program is a key capacity-building opportunity to stimulate community-engaged research between Columbia University faculty and community/faith-based organizations.

2022 CBPR Awardees

Evaluating the Feasibility and Efficacy of the BUILD (Building in Unity for Independence with Low-Tech Adaptive Devices) Program 

  • Rochelle Mendonca, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine - Occupational Therapy (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Margaret Mikol, Sick Kids need Involved People (SKIP) of New York (Co-Principal Investigator)

Improving Digital Readiness and Access to Healthcare in the South Bronx

  • Melissa Barber, MD, South Bronx Unite (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Nathaniel Kratz, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at CUIMC, Medicine (Co-Principal Investigator)

Gender, Immigration, and the Safety Net: Leveraging CBPR to Improve Resource Access for Immigrant Women in NYC

  • Sandra Albrecht, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Ximena Bustamante, Undocumented Women's Fund (Co-Principal Investigator)

2021 CBPR Awardees

Community Survey and Assessment for Revolutionary Colorectal Screening Initiative in African American Males

  • Monifa Maat, Addo Foundation, Inc. (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Alison Taylor, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pathology and Cell Biology (Co-Principal Investigator)

Assessment of Liver Heatlh Needs

  • Grace A. Hillyer, EdD, Special Research Scientist, Epidemiology (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Malcolm M. Punter, EdD, MBA, Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (Co-Principal Investigator)

Understanding Barriers to Adoption of Oropharyngeal Cancer Screening and Diagnosis in Dental Clinics for HIV-Infected Residents of the Washington Heights/Inwood Community

  • Yonavel Capellan, MSW, Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Fatemeh Momen-Heravi, DDS, PhD, MPH, MS, Associate Professor, Periodontics (Co-Principal Investigator)

A Feasibility Study to Assess the Effects of Maternal Discrimination and Acculturative Stress on Infant Development

  • Lydie Pierre, MSW, Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Marisa Spann, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medical Psychology, Psychiatry - Behavioral Medicine (Co-Principal Investigator)

2019 CBPR Awardees

Community Guided Soccer Program for Ambulatory Pre-teens and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy

  • Katherine Dimitropoulou, PhD, OTR/L, Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine - Occupational Therapy (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Jacqueline Chan, CP Soccer (Co-Principal Investigator)

Engaging Black Men in Depression Care

  • Sidney Hankerson, MD, Psychiatry (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Lena Green, DSW, LCSW, CLC, The HOPE Center (Co-Principal Investigator)

Peer Educator Training Program for Parkinson’s Disease

  • Hiral Shah, MD, Neurology - Movement Disorders (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Anita Parker, LCSW, St. Luke A.M.E. Church (Co-Principal Investigator)

2018 CBPR Awardees

Integrating Primary Care into Community Mental Health Settings

  • Jean-Marie Alves-Bradford, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Martina Puchta, FNP-C, Washington Heights Community Service (Co-Principal Investigator)

Factors Linked to Kindergarten Transition Involvement/Engagement Among High-Risk Families of Children

  • Laudan Jahromi , PhD, Professor of Psychology & Education, Teacher's College (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Stephanie Rodriguez, MS, Association to Benefit Children (Co-Principal Investigator) 

Reducing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption During the First 1,000 Days

  • Jennifer Woo-Baidal, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Anita Reyes, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Co-Principal Investigator)

2017 CBPR Awardees

Facilitators and Barriers to Participation in Evidence-based Programs in Urban Senior Centers Serving LGBT Older Adults

  • Laurel Abbruzzese, PT, EdD , Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at CUMC (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Porsha Hall, MAG, MPH, SAGE (Co-Principal Investigator)

Unintentional Substance Overdose Risk among Homeless and Housing Unstable Heroin Users in Washington Heights

  • Silvia Amesty, MD, MPH , Assistant Professor of Medicine and Public Health (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Liz Evans, Washington Heights Corner Project (Co-Principal Investigator)

Barriers and Facilitators to Meal Preparation in the Home for Medicaid-Eligible Latino Families in Washington Heights and Inwood

  • Shweta Antani, DO, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Catarina Rivera, MPH, City Harvest (Co-Principal Investigator)

Perceptions of Accessibility to Pediatric Emergency Medical Care Among Parents of Latino Immigrant Children in Washington Heights and Inwood in New York City: A Qualitative Investigation

  • Joan Bregstein, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Monika E. Guzman, MSW, El Nido de Esperanza (Co-Principal Investigator)

2015 CBPR Awardees

Identifying the Barriers to Mental Health Intervention in the Homebound Older Adult

  • Clare C Bassile, PT, EdD, Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy) at CUIMC, College of Physicians and Surgeons (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Deborah Katznelson, LMSW, Chief Social Service Officer, YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (Co-Principal Investigator)

An Evaluation of the Dietary Impact of Comprando Rico y Sano (CRyS) in Mexican immigrants in New York City

  • Manuela Orjuela-Grimm, MD, ScM, Assistant Professor Epidemiology & Pediatrics (Oncology) at CUIMC, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Jairo Guzman, President, Mexican Coalition for the Empowerment of Youth and Families, Inc. (Co-Principal Investigator)

StoryWorks in the Heights

  • Mary Sormanti, PhD, MS, Professor of Professional Practice, School of Social Work (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Marilyn Pacheco, Assistant Director of Marketing / Program Director, Institute for Older Adults, Isabella Geriatric Center (Co-Principal Investigator)

2014 CBPR Awardees

Using a CBPR Approach to Address Oral Health and Nutrition in HDM Recipients in NYC

  • Kavita P. Ahluwalia, DDS, MPH, Associate Professor of Dental Medicine, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Rachel Sherrow, LCSW, Associate Executive Director & Chief of Programs and Community Affairs, Citymeals On-Wheels (Co-Principal Investigator)

Trauma Recovery Within Commercial Sexual Exploitation And Domestic Sex Trafficking in Young Urban Females

  • Mary W. Byrne, PhD, CPNP, FAAN, Stone Foundation and Elise D. Fisch Professor of Health Care for the Underserved, Columbia University School of Nursing (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Joan Kearney, PhD, CS, APRN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Columbia University School of Nursing (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Jessica L. Trudeau, MPH, Program Director, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (Co-Principal Investigator)

Understanding Social, Cultural, and Religious Factors Influencing BRCA Genetic Testing in the Orthodox Jewish Community

  • Katherine Crew, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Isaac Schechter, PsyD, Executive Director, Institute for Applied Research and Community Collaboration (Co-Principal Investigator)