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Publications

Our team routinely publishes in diverse outlets.

Below, find CRESP reports and journal articles on issues of education, nutrition, health, and social policy. Use the search bar to narrow the selection by author, title, description, or keywords.

Publications

Parent Perspectives on Family-Based Psychological Interventions for Congenital Heart Disease

November 2019
Authors: Colette Gramszlo, Allison Karpyn, Abigail Demianczyk, Amanda Shillingford, Erin Riegel, Anne Kazak, Erica Sood

Parents of children with congenital heart disease (CHD) want individualized, formal psychosocial support during their children’s in-hospital stays, according to a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics. The study by researchers from Nemours C …


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Understanding the Landscape of Default Beverage Policies and Preliminary Data from Delaware Restaurants

October, 2019
CRESP

The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) such as soda and energy drinks has been linked to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, among other negative health outcomes. The consumption of SSBs is of particular concern for children, because the …


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Bookworms Case Study Brief

January 2019
CRESP

In the summer of 2018, the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP) at the University of Delaware (UD) was approached to conduct a case study of the implementation of the Bookworms curriculum at a Case Study District (CSD) in rural So …


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Bookworms Case Study Report

January 2019
CRESP

In the summer of 2018, the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP) at the University of Delaware (UD) was approached by staff of UD’s Professional Development Center for Educators (PDCE) to conduct a case study of the implementation …


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Mapping the Field: Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice

October 2018
Elizabeth N. Farley-Ripple, Annette Boaz, Kathryn Oliver, Robert Borst, Xiaoxue Zhang

The use of research evidence (URE) in policy and practice is relevant to many academic disciplines; and indeed many policy and practice domains. Different methods and approaches to measuring, evaluating, promoting and describing the various ways in whi …


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Food and Public Health: A Practical Introduction

October 2018
Allison Karpyn, PhD (Ed.)

A new introduction to public health’s most elemental topic Food is baked in to most things that public health is and does. But for a field charged with carrying torches as divergent as anti-hunger and anti-obesity, it’s unlikely, even impossible, to sh …


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Mental and Behavioral Health

October 2018
CRESP

The prevalence—as well as social and economic costs—of mental, emotional, and behavioral health disorders among American students is alarming. According to the National Academy of Medicine, nearly 1 in every 5 American students struggles with mental, e …


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Responsive Classroom

August 2018
CRESP

For too many students and teachers, a nurturing, safe, positive school climate is out of reach. Issues such as adverse childhood experiences, bullying, and chronic absenteeism present daily challenges. Measures to address these challenges have fallen s …


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Chronic Absenteeism and Its Impact on Achievement

June 2018
CRESP

An overwhelming body of research demonstrates the negative short- and long-term consequences of chronic absenteeism on academic achievement. Students who are chronically absent are missing critical instruction time and are at the greatest risk of falli …


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Middle School Mathematics Instructional Coaching

March 2018
CRESP

Research supports the long-term use of highly trained instructional coaches for improving the teaching of middle school mathematics and increasing the mathematics achievement of students. Coaches work with teachers, both in and outside of classrooms, t …


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Education Data Systems: A Systematic Look at State Practices Related to Researcher Access

June 2017
Elizabeth N. Farley-Ripple, Jesse Sheeks, Amanda B. Jennings, Andrew Millin

As expectations for research and data to inform educational decision making continue to grow under federal policy, state longitudinal data systems (SLDS) are in place in nearly all states and offer a unique resource for generating evidence to support i …


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Pairing Animal Cartoon Characters with Produce Stimulates Selection Among Child Zoo Visitors

November 2016
Allison Karpyn, Michael Allen, Samantha Marks, Nicole Filion, Debora Humphrey, Ai Ye, Henry May, Meryl P. Gardner

In order to address the pervasive trend of under consumption of fruits and vegetables among children, we examined the hypothesis that children would be more likely to select fruits (apple slices, bananas, and oranges) and vegetables (baby carrots) when …


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Our Healthy Block: Evaluation of a community-based healthy eating and physical activity intervention

November 2016
Karen Glanz, Nicole Thomas, Allison Karpyn, Colleen Watts, Alexandra Tomlinson, Carolyn Cannuscio

Philadelphia has a high prevalence of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. To reduce chronic disease, there is a need for targeted, innovative community-based interventions to improve the food and physical activity environments for urban …


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Healthy Store Programs and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), but not the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), are Associated with Corner Store Healthfulness

June 2016
DeWeese, Todd, Karpyn, et al.

In response to lack of access to healthy foods, many low-income communities are instituting local healthy corner store programs. Some stores also participate in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Wo …


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Innovative Zoo Partnership Lending New Insight into the Power of Animals to Market Healthy Food to Kids

June 2016
Allison Karpyn, Michael Allen, Meryl Gardner, Samantha Marks

A partnership between the Brandywine Zoo and the University of Delaware Center for Research in Education and Social Policy demonstrates how sectors can work together to solve important problems while at the same time reminding those involved in changin …


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Do Accountability Policies Push Teachers Out?

May 2016
Richard Ingersoll, Lisa Merrill, Henry May

Sanctions exacerbate the teacher turnover problem in low-performing schools—but giving teachers more classroom autonomy can help stem the flood. School accountability may be the most controversial and significant of all contemporary U.S. education refo …


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Reading Recovery: An Evaluation of the Four-Year i3 Scale-Up Research Report

March 2016
Henry May, Philip Sirinides, Abigail Gray, Heather Goldsworthy

This final report in a series presents the results of a four-year independent external evaluation of the impacts and implementation of the scale-up of Reading Recovery, a literacy intervention targeting struggling 1st-grade students.  The evaluation wa …


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Employee and Customer Reactions to a Healthy In-Store Marketing Intervention in Supermarkets

January 2016
Erica L. Davis, Alexis C. Wojtanowski, Stephanie Weiss, Gary D. Foster, Allison Karpyn, Karen Glanz

Supermarkets are a primary source of food for American households, and increased presence in low-income, high-minority neighborhoods present opportunities to increase access to healthy foods. It is important to assess store manager and customer reactio …


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Parallel-Group Randomized Study on the Impact of a Modified TeamSTEPPS Training on Resident and Nurse Attitudes Toward Teamwork and their Adherence to Patient Safety Protocols

January 2016
Orlando, Joshi, Carter, May, et al.

Gaps remain in what constitutes optimal healthcare team training in terms of design and impact. This study utilizes a parallel group randomized design to study the impact of a modified TeamSTEPPS training on resident and nurse attitudes toward teamwork …


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Connecting Healthy Farms to Healthy Delawareans: A Farm and Food Report

January 2016
CRESP, Delaware Department of Agriculture

In partnership with the Delaware Department of Agriculture, this report reflects conversations with more than 45 Delawareans, representing leadership from agriculture, public health, food retailers, economic development, government and civic organizati …


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