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Director of Research
Helene Bach, Ph.D.
Office of Academic Affairs
Room S715H
Email: hbach@bmcc.cuny.edu
(212) 220-8320, ext. 7980

Faculty Research: Social Science, Human Services and Criminal Justice

Anthropology

Professor Zaman's dissertation project examined women’s participation in Islamic movements in Pakistan, with a focus on ways in which these movements’ proposed reforms interact with urban Pakistani semiotics and influence members’ day to day lives. Her current multi-sited ethnographic project builds on her dissertation work to examine transnational Islamic movements and messages in New York and Pakistan

Criminal Justice

Professor Ronda is working on a qualitative research project that investigates the impact on civic engagement and leadership development of "Inside-Out" courses that combine college students from outside prison with incarcerated students in the prison college classroom.

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Economics

Professor Bishop is currently working on two projects in the area NYC performing arts and not-for-profits. Her new project, however, will be an economic history project dealing with economic contributions of women in the Middle Ages.

History

Professor Kramer's recent work concerns the views of progressive reformers—those who wanted to regulate big business, reduce class conflict, and ameliorate urban poverty—thought about those who wanted to do away with the state or capitalism altogether. The next step will be to continue the story through the New Deal period.

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Human Services

Professor Lun's research interests include educational gerontology, long-term care as well as family caregiving. She is currently conducting a study on students' attitudes toward the aging population and students' career preferences.

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Professor Pagan-Rivera's research projects focus on adolescent, immigrant, and Latino mental health issues, the use of effective trauma treatment such as EMDR for returning veteran students, and the development of effective school social work practice models to meet the educational and emotional needs of immigrant students and their families.

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Professor Rajendran's research focuses how parenting, school environment, neuropsychological ability, service use, treatment, and family social support are related with early childhood behavior and emotions. He is also interested in developing and testing instruments that assesses risk for behavioral problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Depression.

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Political Science

Professor Kurtz is now reading for two possible new projects: one on the thought of Paul Tillich, focusing on the place of ideals in modern politics, and another on the changing character of social democratic political parties and about what the term "political movement" can mean today.

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Psychology

Professor Caicedo's research interests include linguistics, social cognition, political ideology, and migration and Latino/Hispanic studies. His work explores language as both a factor in, and a reflection of, the current U.S. immigration debate amongst community college students, utilizing a mixed methods approach.

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Professor DePaulo's research interests include: somatization, drug use/abuse, and more recently the effect of meditation on reducing negative affect and increasing empathy.

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Professor Durmysheva is working on several collaborative projects, one, studying the role of physical environment in creative output and attention. The other project involves examining factors contributing to academic success in psychology courses with different methods of academic instruction.

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Professor Foust's research interests include: sexual socialization, sexual identity development, attitudes toward lesbians, gays, and bisexuals, and racial socialization.

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Professor Hallak's research interests include: nonviolence and peace studies, with particular emphasis on gender and culture.

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Professor Komolova's research interests include: socio-cognitive development of children and adolescents; the role of conflict in development; autonomy development within different relationship contexts; autonomy and culture.

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Professor Lei's research interests include: Cross-cultural and developmental psychology: Behavioral & Complementary Alternative Medicine.

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Professor Oney's research interests include: Racial identity attitudes, body image, eating behaviors and health outcomes.

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Professor Pastor's social and personal identity development, effectiveness of mind-body holistic treatment in stress reduction.

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Professor Persuh's research examines various aspects of visual attention, memory and perception using psychophysics, electrophysiology, and brain stimulation. Her experiments explore the role of different types of attentional resources (e.g., spatial) in conscious perception.

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Professor Roane's research interests include: Socio-emotional adjustment and development among college students of color, particularly as they relate to retention in college in general and STEM in particular.

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Professor Rodgers's research interests include: Socio-emotional adjustment and development among college students of color, particularly as they relate to retention in college in general and STEM in particular.

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Professor Santos's research interests include: Resilience and mental health, family dynamics in people of color, resilience and PTSD, social support and bariatric surgery.

Professor Smith's research interests include: African American Mental Health and Well-being; Attachment theory and research; Psychodynamic psychotherapy; Psychological measurement and evaluation.

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Professor Walters's research interests include: The transmission of intergenerational trauma and its impact on future generations. The role of race and race relations on identity and belonging among indigenous people.

Sociology

Professor Post is working on a research project that seeks to test this hypothesis and that presented by Michael Goldfield in The Decline of Organized Labor in the United States (1987), which emphasizes a sharp shift in the relationship of class forces in the US through an examination of the tire industry in the US.

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Professor Wissinger's research involves cultural critique of technology and embodiment. She did a multi-year ethnography of the fashion modeling industry, and found that fashion and modeling promote ways of being in the world that are beneficial to capital, especially in its contemporary neoliberal form. Professor Wissinger is now starting a new research topic, looking at wearable tech at the confluence of sociology, feminism, media studies, and fashion studies.

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