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    Diverse Data Samples Drive Social Change

    November 2021

    In our latest Research & Action Report, we highlight some of the ways our research scientists are harnessing the power of data—which is most powerful when it represents all members of our communities.

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    Sounding the Alarm: Speaking Up Against Workplace Harassment, Discrimination, and Labor Abuse

    November 2021

    Wellesley College alumnae share their powerful stories of speaking out against labor abuse and their hopes for a more equitable workplace for women.

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    Fighting Time to End Systemic Racism

    November 1, 2021

    Senior Scholar Amy Banks, MD, reflects on the role of systemic racism in a wrongful conviction that changed the lives of two families forever.

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    Joining Social Media Before Age 11 Is Associated With Problematic Digital Behaviors

    October 2021

    New research findings highlight the negative effects of early social media use and tips for parents to counteract those effects.

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    Internship Reflection: Exploring the Role of Fathers in Sex Education

    October 2021

    Wellesley College student Jacqueline Brinkhaus shares insights from her research internship at WCW.

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Q & A with Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D.

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Talking About Sex: Extended Family As Educators and Allies

Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., is currently principal investigator of an R21 award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)—Adolescent Communication with Family and Reproductive Health, which includes the first comprehensive assessment of teens’ sexuality communication with extended family and its associations with sexual behavior as well as an exploration of extended family approaches to talking with teens about sex. Grossman is also principal investigator of an R03 award from NICHD—Risk Behaviors Among Offspring of Teen Parents: Effects of Parenting on the Next Generation, which addresses the potential of maternal and paternal parenting to reduce the high risk of early sex and teen pregnancy for offspring of teen parents. (The R21 grant mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory/developmental research by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of project development. The R03 grant mechanism supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources.)

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