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Black History Month Research Series

Coping Amidst COVID as BIPOC | February 24, 2022

Although we have learned of the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on BIPOC, we are yet to understand the full extent of the impacts as investigators provide evidence. Rachel Goode presented on the effects of COVID on the specific impact of the pandemic on Black women reporting disordered eating behaviors. This innovative study focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on the eating behaviors of Black women. Anjalee Sharma presented a study that assessed stress, coping, and anxiety among essential workers of color during COVID-19. Specific mechanisms of coping assessed included binge eating and substance use. Other factors assessed included anxiety levels and perceived stress during the pandemic. Sharon Parker presented a qualitative analysis on the impact of COVID-19 and the intimate partner relationships of Black women attending  Historically Black Colleges and a predominately White University in the Southern United States. She explored how COVID-19 impacted partner communication and sexual behavior.

Watch the recorded 1-hour panel presentation and discussion here.


Measurement in Research, using an Anti-Racism Framework | February 17, 2022

Measurement in research is critical as it lays the foundation for a more accurate understanding of the magnitude of a phenomenon, the impact of an intervention, or other causal relationships that will translate into practice models and policies that have real-life implications on people’s lives. In this panel, Kirsten Kainz provided a brief review of recommendations for social science measurement from the National Research Council (2011) and repositioned those recommendations within a systems science worldview for the purpose of proposing anti-racist measurement practices. Underlying the presentation was the assumption that not all system science is anti-racist, but anti-racist science requires systemic framings.  Melissa Villodas presented a study that used exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses to investigate the empirical and theoretical meaningfulness of the modified Neighborhood Cohesion Index within a population of African American youth living in public housing. Michael Lambert presented the theoretical and empirical methods of item response theory (IRT), which can permit antiracist measurement across different socio-ethnic groups. A set of critical questions to guide anti-racist measurement practice were discussed.

Watch the recorded 1-hour panel presentation and discussion here.