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January 28, 2022

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Dr. Kammi Schmeer, Associate Professor of Sociology, has been appointed as Associate Director Of IPR. Kammi received her PhD in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a graduate trainee in demography at the Carolina Population Center, child development at the Carolina Consortium on Human Development, and public health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. While at OSU, Dr. Schmeer received additional training in biomarkers and measures of physiological stress via a K01 award from NICHD (2014-2019). With interdisciplinary research interests, Schmeer has developed strong collaborative ties across OSU’s campus and has worked on externally and internally funded research projects with the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy, the Institute for Behavioral Medical Research, and the College of Nursing. Her population health and family contexts research is focused on vulnerable populations in the U.S. and abroad (currently, collaborating on projects in Bangladesh, Mexico, Nicaragua and Rwanda). She has been an active affiliate of IPR for 15 years and has served as a mentor for junior investigators on previous IPR seed grants. Congrats!

Dr. Mia Brantley is joining the sociology department as a post-doctoral fellow! Dr. Brantley received an NIH/NIA award to work with Professor Rin Reczek on the “Childbearing Biographies and Midlife Health” project, with additional mentorship from Professors Colen, Cooksey, Frank, Hayford, Norris, and Williams. Dr. Brantley earned her doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina. Her research centers on the intersection of race, gender, and family within the context of health. More specifically, she examines how race/racism shape parent-child relationships, as well as the intergenerational transmission of race-related stress, among Black families. By utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, her goal is to provide both exploration and insight into the multiple pathways that racism and race-related stress impacts the health and lived experiences of Black families across the life course. In addition to her NIA/NIH award, Dr. Brantley’s research has been supported by the University of South Carolina's Support to Promote the Advancement of Research and Creativity (SPARC) grant, as well as the Harriott Hampton Faucette Research Award from the Department of Women and Gender Studies at U of SC. Mia was also a Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program (GJMPP) scholar, which is a prestigious university-wide fellowship at the University of South Carolina that prepares promising doctoral students of color for the professorate. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Brantley to our community!


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