Research at UAA

Issue Areas:


Arts & Culture


Community & Economic Development

"Atlas of Anchorage Community Indicators"

Langworthy, Robert H.; Flexman-Evans, Shel Llee; Chamard, Sharon; McKelvie, Alan R.; and Yunker, Donald. (May 2009). Atlas of Anchorage Community Indicators. Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage.

The Atlas of Anchorage Community Indicators makes empirical information about neighborhoods widely accessible to many different audiences. The initial selection of indicators for presentation in the Atlas was inspired by Peter Blau and his interest in measures of heterogeneity (diversity) and inequality and by the work of the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods. In both cases the measures they developed were well-conceptualized and validated. The Atlas presents community indicators at the census block group level derived from data captured in the 2000 U.S. Census and the 2005 Anchorage Community Survey.

"A Look at Chronic Inebriate Housing In Seattle"

Chamard, Sharon. (Spring 2010). Alaska Justice Forum 27(1):2–3. Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage. 

The issue of the chronically homeless, which includes hard-to-house subpopulations, is a common problem in cities across the U.S. A new way of addressing this problem, called Housing First, provides housing for chronically homeless people in their own permanent housing units at the very outset, rather than initially treating their underlying problems (e.g., substance abuse, mental illness, etc.) to make them "housing ready." This article reports on observations during a facility tour in March 2010 of 1811 Eastlake, a property operated by Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) in Seattle which provides supportive housing for Seattle's chronic alcohol-addicted population. An accompanying sidebar article briefly describes Karluk Manor, a proposed Housing First facility for chronic inebriates in the Fairview neighborhood of Anchorage."


Youth Education & Development - Early to Middle          

"Inclusion for Students With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome"

Dybdahl, C. S., & Ryan, S. (2009). Inclusion for Students With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Classroom Teachers Talk About Practice. Preventing School Failure, 53(3), 185-196.

This study looked at the experiences of regular classroom teachers who had atleast one student in their class with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum  (FAS) disorder diagnosis. The authors of this study collected data over a three year period through interviewing teachers, making classroom observations and examining medical and educational documents. This study is interesting and relevant because it examines the academic performance, behavioral patterns and strategies of teachers for including FAS students in the classroom. This research gives us a better understanding of what is working and what is not working in helping FAS students learn in a classroom with other students their age. It provides the opportunity to improve the learning experience of both FAS students, and teachers who are working with them amongst other students.

"Powerful Portfolios for Young Children"

Seitz, H., & Bartholomew, C. (2008). Powerful Portfolios for Young Children. Early Childhood Education Journal, 36(1), 63-68. doi:10.1007/s10643-008-0242-7

The creation of student portfolios is an up and coming component of current education programs. The transition towards an education system that is student centered focuses on engaging students in their learning and presenting this progress through a portfolio. This is different from traditional institution centered teaching which measures and documents progress through setting standards and testing students. This article discusses several aspects of the portfolio system as a means of measuring student progress. The article is an interesting description of what the purpose of a portfolio is and discusses how to create and use portfolio with families in early education.

"Intercultural Student Teaching: A Bridge to Global Competence"

Jester, T. (2008). Intercultural Student Teaching: A Bridge to Global Competence. Comparative Education Review, 52(2), 285-287.

This article is a review of a book written on implementing intercultural student teaching programs. It discusses the challenges and strengths in involving students in student teaching across cultures. This article critiques the book and draws attention to the components of the book that can be closely related to preparing students for intercultural teaching opportunities in Alaska. In addition to the article he wrote reviewing this book about intercultural student teaching, Dr. Jester is also doing research about education and culture. This is discussed further under "presently researching" in the following paragraph.


Youth Education & Transition to Young Adulthood


Environment & Sustainability


Food Security and Affordable Housing


Health & Mental Health   

"If Only Someone had Told Me"

Chipp, C., Dewane, S., Brems, C., Johnson, M., Warner, T. D., & Roberts, L. (2011). "If only someone had told me...": Lessons from rural providers. Journal of Rural Health, 27, 122-130.

Rural areas tend to be challenging regions for healthcare providers. The researchers of this study gathered information from experienced rural providers and compiled this information in hopes of improving healthcare competency in rural areas. It was found that adequate training is essential to prevent burnout, and that practitioners collaborating with the community will be the key to enhancing rural health care and reducing disparities.

"Later Life Health Optimism, Pessimism, and Realism"

Ruthig, J. C., Hanson, B. L., Pedersen, H., Weber, A., & Chipperfield, J. G. (2011). Later life health optimism, pessimism, and realism: Psychosocial contributors and health correlates. Psychology and Health, 26, 835-853.

Although prior research had been done on the positive outcomes of health optimism, these researchers set out to find out the contributors. They examined the role of psychosocial factors such as life event stress, depression, dispositional optimism, and perceived social support. Results indicate that health optimism was positively associated with healthy behaviors and perceived control over one's health; health pessimism was associated with poorer perceived health care management

Immigrants & Refugees

"Pro Bono Programs in Alaska"

Justice Center. (2010). Alaska Justice Forum, 27 (2). Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage.
This article discusses the history of pro bono services in the state of Alaska and the services offered to low-income persons. “Pro bono services” means free legal representation by lawyers on a volunteer basis. Legal representation can vary from help on a full case or help with certain aspects of a case. As of 2010, there are pro bono services offered in many cases dealing with immigration, disability and both sexual and domestic abuse.   

"Immigrants, Refugees and Asylees over the Last Century"

Justice Center. (2008). Alaska Justice Forum, 24 (4). Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage. 

The UAA Justice Center examined the rates of entrance into the United States from 1910 through 2006. They used statistics provided by the Office of Immigration Statistics, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the 2006 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics to show to flow of individuals from other countries into the United States, noting that the total legal immigrant population accounted for nearly 22 percent of population growth during the studied time period. The article also defines and differentiates between immigrants, refugees, and asylees.

"Non-Citizens in the Alaska correctional System"

Justice Center. (2008). Alaska Justice Forum, 24 (4). Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage. 

In the article the UAA Justice Center combats a common held belief about non-citizens and crime rates. They conclude that the idea that non-citizens are “more frequently involved in crime” (para. 1) is actually a misconception by citing figures provided by the State of Alaska Department of Corrections. Instead, non-citizens are less likely to be involved in crime than citizens.


Safe Families & Safe Communities

A listing of UAA-based research, presentations, and media on Safe Families & Safe Communities can be found here. (.pdf)