UNC Faculty Earn Combined $600,000 in Federal Grants

More than $600,000 in federal grants recently awarded to University of Northern Colorado College of Education and Behavioral Sciences faculty will provide funding for two separate, unrelated research studies.

UNC's National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities received a U.S. Department of Education grant of $232,000 grant for a visual impairment project that will be overseen by the center's director and professor of Special Education, Kay Ferrell, and Daniel Mundfrom, professor emeritus of Applied Statistics and Research Methods.

Beginning July 1, Ferrell and Mundfrom will lead efforts in examining existing curriculum for students with visual impairments in helping determine whether there's a relationship on post-school outcomes. About 1,000 students with visual impairments will participate in the research. While the expanded core curriculum being reviewed has been used widely by educators since the late 1980s, and included in some states' educational standards, no research has definitively established its post-school effectiveness as proposed in this project, "The Relationship of the Expanded Core Curriculum to Transition Outcomes for Students with Visual Impairments."

In addition, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a division of the National Institutes of Health, awarded a two-year, $377,000 grant to Kristina Phillips. The UNC assistant professor of Psychology is leading the two-year study that will develop a drug abuse intervention to reduce viral and bacterial infections associated with injection drug use. Phillips is working on the project, titled "Reduction of Medical Complications Associated with Injection Drug Use," with colleagues at the University of Colorado and Brown University.