Faculty and researchers at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School make headlines every day for work that advances social justice and creates a more just world.
Check out some of the top stories from the past month:
Animal-Assisted Social Work: Aviva Vincent
Study: Therapy Dogs Reduce Children’s fear, Anxiety During Dentist Appointments
Aviva Vincent, a Mandel School instructor and researcher, and her team collected children’s saliva samples before and after therapy dogs were brought into a dentist office to measure cortisol and alpha-amylase—both stress indicators—and oxytocin, a relaxation response.
Learn more about biomarkers and animals
Lead Exposure: Rob Fischer
Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition Pushing Council to Take Action on Protection Efforts
19 News, Cleveland
A study by Robert L. Fischer of the Mandel School’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development found more than a quarter of kindergartners in Cleveland had a blood lead level deemed unsafe by federal standards. The findings fueled the development of the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition, which says the city needs to be more proactive.
Read the coalition’s 33 recommendations
Sexual Assault: Begun Center Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Team
DNA Profiles Helping Police Catch Serial Rapists
At least four times in the past two months, serial rapists or men suspected of being serial rapists have made headlines in the Phoenix area. Research conducted at the Mandel School’s Begun Center found that serial rapists are more common than previously thought.
See how Arizona is using DNA in sexual assault cases
Anxiety: Jane Timmons-Mitchell
Chronic Anxiety Is Troubling but Treatable
When worry begins to interfere with your ability to perform everyday tasks, that could be a sign of an anxiety disorder — the most common mental illness in the United States. Jane Timmons-Mitchell of the Mandel School’s Begun Center for Violence Research Prevention and Education discusses the condition and its treatment.
Recognize the signs of chronic anxiety