March 29, 2018

The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior selects DFPM-RED submission as “Best of 2018”!

Windy WISE

“Congratulations on your manuscript “GEM NO. 570: Together We Inspire Smart Eating: A Preschool Curriculum for Obesity Prevention in Low- Income Families” being selected as the 2018 Best GEM (Great Educational Materials). All GEMs published in a volume of the journal are evaluated by our Journal Committee, who selects the top articles to be voted…

March 21, 2018

Nikki Edge, Ph.D., to be Promoted to Full Professor

Nikki Edge, Ph.D.

Dr. Nicola “Nikki” Edge is being promoted to Full Professor in the UAMS College of Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine effective July 1, 2018. Congratulations to Dr. Edge on this wonderful, difficult and highly challenging accomplishment. It resulted from years and years of fabulous work and recognition for her many projects! Nicola Edge joined…

December 18, 2017

LaTunja Sockwell Receives Award from AIDSWatch

DFPM-RED’s LaTunja Sockwell applied and was awarded a very competitive travel award from AIDSWatch!  She is one of 50 nationally awarded! AIDSWatch is the largest annual national constituent-based advocacy event focused on HIV policy in the United States. The event draws hundreds of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and their allies to Washington, DC for…

November 30, 2017

RED Team Members represented WISE at Pike View Early Childhood Center

DFPM RED team members attended Tuesday’s Health Fair at Pike View Early Childhood Center in North Little Rock. We represented RED’s WISE program with Windy WISE the Owl bringing fruits and vegetable food choices for kids and parents.  We also were there on behalf of RED’s HIV/STD prevention efforts!

DFPM RED research on Food Insecurity & Childhood Obesity

A recent paper (Published online: 22 Jun 2017) from DFPM RED researchers brings new statistics into the world of community-based evaluation.  The study used non-inferiority testing to examine the relationship between obesity and food security in children aged 3 to 5 years. While traditionally used in pharmacology, this approach has found a niche in measuring…

October 2, 2017

Nikki Edge, Ph.D., named to College of Medicine Research Council

DFPM RED Faculty member Nikki Edge, Ph.D., (Associate Professor, Department of Family and Preventative Medicine) was recently added to the UAMS College of Medicine’s Research Council.  The members of the new Research Council were recently announced by Richard P. Morrison, Ph.D. – Executive Associate Dean for Research | UAMS | College of Medicine.

September 30, 2017

DFPM RED recognized for work on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders

DFPM RED has recently participated in Arkansas’ 5th Annual Conference on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders held on Thursday, September 14, 2017. On Wednesday, September 6, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson declared the month of September to be FASD Awareness Month in Arkansas. The official proclamation was presented to DFPM RED Research Associate Angela Kyzer and Outreach…

September 29, 2017

DFPM RED studies connection between maternal depression/alcohol use and behavioral issues in children.

A recently published DFPM RED study examines the Effects of Maternal Depression Symptoms and Alcohol Use Problems  on Child Internalizing and Externalizing Behavior Problems. The study, which included DFPM RED faculty Nikki Edge, Ph.D. and Lorraine McKelvey, Ph.D., examined the impact of maternal depression and alcohol use problems on children’s behavior problems over a period of five…

August 30, 2017

New DFPM RED publication on nutrition practices in early care and education setting

A recent paper from DFPM RED published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior looks at studies on factors associated with nutrition practices in early care and education settings. The article suggests that these studies often focus on sociodemographic and programmatic characteristics. This qualitative study adapted and applied Dr. Jay Belsky’s determinants of parenting model to inform…


DFPM RED continues to be at the forefront of research-based work advocating for children in Arkansas and beyond. RED researchers work daily to study the factors that challenge and support children. RED research seeks, first, to understand and then to put understanding into usable practices that meet the needs of children across the state and the…

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