Faculty Receive Awards for Sickle Cell Disease and Infant Feeding Research

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Coretta Jenerette and Dr. Eric Hodges, who both received Junior Faculty Development Awards from UNC’s Faculty Study and Research Leave Committee.

Dr. Jenerette will use the funds for the transcription of a set of 42 life-review interviews conducted as part of a pilot study on the efficacy of an intervention for improving satisfaction with the pain management experience and reducing perceived health-related stigma for young adults with sickle cell disease. This award will help Dr. Jenerette further develop her program of research, which is aimed at designing theory-based, self-care management strategies for individuals with sickle cell disease.

Eric Hodges

Dr. Hodges will be using the funds to conduct a secondary analysis of data from the Infant Care, Feeding, and Risk of Obesity Study. His secondary analysis of data will characterize patterns of maternal feeding responsiveness over time while taking into account the role of salient maternal and infant characteristics as well as distinguish patterns of maternal feeding responsiveness among groups based on three infant weight-for-length growth trajectories: 1) those starting below the 85th percentile and eventually going and staying above, 2) those starting above the 85thpercentile and eventually going and staying below, and 3) those staying between the 30th and 70th percentiles at all observations.