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Dr. Hawkins'
Grant Funding


P20GM109097 (PI: Hays Grudo) 

Project Title: Neurotrophic Indicators of Cognition, Executive Skills, Plasticity, and Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (NICE SPACES)

Source: NIH/NIGMS Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE)

Major Goals: This trial will be the first to 1) Identify whether brain markers of neural health (e.g., neurotrophins) are related to adverse childhood experiences and/or neurocognitive performance, and 2) Test whether neuronal or glial neurotrophins predict or change in response to weight loss.

Direct/Indirect Costs: $340,000

Role: PI of CoBRE Primary Project

Practice ARC Podcast

Project Title: Practice Anti-Racism Clinically (ARC)

Source: Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)

Major Goals: To create a podcast series focused on combating systemic racism and elevating justice and inclusion in psychology; led by OSU graduate students.

Direct Costs: $5,000; funded

Role: Project Co-Leader (via OSU Student Diversity Committee)

Final Product Here and on all podcast apps. 


K23DK103941-01A1 (PI: Hawkins)

Project Title: Cognitive and Self-Regulatory Mechanisms of Obesity Study (COSMOS)

Role: PI

Source: NIH/NIDDK (K23)

Major Goals: To conduct a federally-funded research project which examines the links among physiological markers, cognition, self-regulation, and health behaviors in 96 obese adults. This 5-year award will also support career development activities and advanced training.

Dates of Project: 09/01/2015-8/31/2020

Direct/Indirect Costs: $781,638 (Oklahoma State Total Direct Costs)


U54GM104938 (PI: Pereira)  

Project Title: Pilot of Weight Reduction in Under-represented Populations (POWER-UP Trial) subaward

Role: PI of subaward

Source:  Oklahoma Shared Clinical Translation Resources (OSCTR) Pilot Grant supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the NIH

Major Goals: To collaborate with Cherokee Nation and to expand a federally-funded K23 weight loss clinical trial by adding a targeted American Indian arm.

Dates of Project: 07/01/2016-6/30/2017

Direct/Indirect Costs: $72,900 (Oklahoma State Direct/Indirect Costs)


Project Title: National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program (FY 2016)

Role: PI (Misty Hawkins)


Major Goals: To conduct a federally-funded randomized program of behavioral medicine research at greater than or equal to 50% time for at least two years.

Date of Award: July 2017-June 2019

Direct Costs: $26,289

Graduate Student

1T32 GM140953-01 (PI: Lovern)

Predoctoral Fellow: Harley M. Layman

Grant Title: G-RISE at Oklahoma State University

Major Goals: This predoctoral training program at Oklahoma State University will support excellence in the training of talented biomedical sciences doctoral student from diverse backgrounds, and will prepare them for successful careers in biomedical research.

Dates of Project: 08/2022 - present

Direct/Indirect Costs: $26,836 per year for up to 3 years

Psi Chi Fall Graduate Research Grant (PI: Madison E. Stout)

Project Title: Sympatho-Adrenal-Medullary (SAM) System Reactivity to Social Stress Tasks: A Potential Alternative to Measuring Cortisol Reactivity to Social Stress Among Women

Source: Psi Chi

Major Goals: To investigate whether social stress tasks lead to increased activation of the sympatho-adrenal-medullary system, measured via salivary alpha-amylase, and determine the differences between the SAM system response and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis response, measured via cortisol.

Dates of Project: 01/2022-12/2022

Direct/Indirect Costs: $1,495

F31HL152620 (PI: Natalie G. Keirns

Project Title: Acute Inflammatory Effects of Weight Stigma on Overweight/Obesity

Source: NIH/NHLBI (F31)

Major Goals: To understand how weight stigma contributes to the development of weight-related disease through activation of the immune system. 

Dates of Project: 07/2020-06/2022

Direct/Indirect Costs: $67,040

R36AG072342 (PI: Cindy E. Tsotsoros)

Project Title: Differential Impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Aging on Brain Health

Source: NIH/NIA (R36)

Major Goals: To investigate whether childhood adversity influences brain health in later life.

Dates of Project: 05/2021-04/2022

Direct/Indirect Costs: $68,590

Psi Chi Fall Graduate Research Grant (PI: Natalie G. Keirns)

Project Title: Differences in Visceral Adipose Tissue based on Experienced and Internalized Weight Stigma

Source: Psi Chi

Major Goals: To explore visceral adipose tissue as a potential mechanism by which weight stigma may lead to negative health outcomes.

Dates of Project: 01/2021-12/2021

Direct/Indirect Costs: $1,500

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