I focus on the quantification of resilience, primarily vis-à-vis academic success. Therefore, my interest is on the presence and operationalization of resilience within a population that has already demonstrated some success and that is not necessarily from a severely disadvantaged background. To study resilience there, I typically ask for students to provide self reports on experiences (e.g., stressful events, deleterious situations) and beliefs (e.g., about themselves); I analyze the relationships between these with measures of academic success. Not surprisingly, the development and proofing of self-report instruments are key to my research here, and so far represent most of my work here. A paper I presented with Dr. Ada Woo at AERA in 2009 summarizes one of the gists of this line of research.
In close collaboration with a New York City-based charter school, Prof. Tournaki, our colleagues, and I are investigating the roles of executive functioning, persistence, and other similar factors that allow disadvantage adolescents to succeed academically. We have recently completed the second wave of data collection, and are currently using these data to advise the school and establish the best investment of our limited resources to most efficiently capitalize on this excellent opportunity to study the long-term interplay between protective factors and various intervention strategies among a large, diverse group of students.
Prof. Gigliotti is not new to research on the role of social support on the success of nurses’ transition into their career and success during it. I, however, am. Together, we are working to revise the NSSQ by:
This is an exciting series of both clinical and research projects primarily centering around establishing a strong theoretical foundation for Animal-Assisted Interventions so that this diverse and quickly-growing field can develop in an organized way. Most of the work is lead by Drs. Meers and Ödberg. They have done an excellent job of bridging the often-wide gaps between the field’s researchers and practitioners to ensure safety; planful program creation and implementation; and valid, informative inquiry. Not surprisingly then, subsumed under our efforts are also evaluations of programs both in terms of their efficacy and their ability to maintain the welfare of all involved—especially for the animals employed.