Behavioral Interventions Scholars, 2017 - 2019 Overview

The Behavioral Interventions Scholars (BIS) grant program supports dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are applying a behavioral science lens to specific research questions relevant to social services programs and policies and other issues facing low-income and vulnerable families in the United States. As part of OPRE’s Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency research portfolio, these grants are intended to facilitate the completion of high-quality research projects that will add to the growing body of knowledge on effective behavioral interventions for ACF programs and populations. BIS also aims to build capacity in the research field to use behavioral science approaches in this area and to foster mentoring relationships between high-quality doctoral students and faculty members.

The current BIS grantees are:

Graduate Student

Project Title


Principal Investigator/Faculty Mentor

Ania Jaroszewicz

The Psychological Costs of Seeking Help for Financial Hardships

Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Alex Imas

Eleanor Martin

Virtual Mentorship to Support Maternal and Infant Health and Wellbeing: Understanding the Participant Experience and Evaluating the Impact of NurturePA

University of Michigan

Dr. Christina Weiland

Kathryn Andrews

Supporting Families of Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to Access Supplemental Security Income

Harvard University

Dr. Margaret McConnell

Marika Yip-Bannicq

Promoting Constructive Conflict in Low SES Couples: An Abstraction-Based Intervention Approach

New York University

Dr. Patrick Shrout

The point of contact is Victoria Kabak.