The Institute for Justice and Well-Being

The Institute for Justice and Well-Being

The Institute for Justice and Well-Being stands against systemic racism as we advance knowledge through scholarship and research, and educate ourselves and others in order to foster inclusivity, humility and empathy. The Institute is committed to developing, sharing and applying evidence that leads to the eradication of all forms of oppression and injustice.

About Us

Binghamton University faculty lead the Institute for Justice and Well-Being, a research institute that advances global health, progressive education and well-being for marginalized populations. The institute implements cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research and educational opportunities with communities and people across the lifespan and the globe.

The Institute for Justice and Well-Being was founded in 2009 at Binghamton University's College of Community and Public Affairs. As one of the most interdisciplinary research centers at the University, the institute fosters rich collaboration across University and community organizations. Our research associates span professions and disciplines including counseling, education, engineering, human development, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology and social work.


Kick off the school year right and sign up for Binghamton University's newest microcredential series!

The Department for Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership, in partnership with Binghamton University Community Schools, is offering a series of career development events for school and district administrators to expand their expertise and positively impact communities. Learn more about each workshop and click the link for additional information to sign up today!

Institute Research Affiliate Awarded Up To $10,000 for Research Projcet Related to COVID-19.

Congratulations to Research Affiliate and Associate Professor of Social Work, Dr. Youjung Lee, on being one of three teams at Binghamton University awarded up to $10,000 for conducting research projects related to the Coronavirus pandemic! Dr. Lee's research pursuits look to assess the accessibility and effectiveness of telemental health services of marginalized and vulnerable children and families in New York State during the pandemic; in addition to, training social work students how to properly serve the high-needs of these populations through the use of an evidence-based intervention model. Read more about her research and the work of the other grant receipts in this article as they conduct meaningful work to protect communities from the detrimental effects of COVID-19.

Institute Research Affiliate Explores the Impact of Racial Micro-Aggressions on College Campuses and its Influence on Health Outcomes. 

Assistant Professor of Social Work and Public Health, Dr. Miesha Marzell, has been highlighted for her research on how racial micro-aggressions impact the mental health and behavior, with regards to behaviors associated with substance use disorder, amongst students of color on college campuses. By examining how marijuana use relates to students who experienced micro-aggressions, she has observed the disadvantages to the mental health, social connections, and educational experience of students on college campuses. A firm believer in the power of education, you can read her full interview about how she hopes her research can make a difference and advance health promotion and prevention amongst college students.

Institute Research Affiliate Featured For Expertise on Global Health and Perspective on the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Research Affiliate and Associate Professor, Nicole Hassoun has been featured in numerous articles sharing her expertise and providing commentary on the distribution of the Coronavirus vaccine and the implications that Coronavirus may have on the surveillance of new diseases. Read this article as Dr. Hassoun compares how the vaccine is being distributed in the United Kingdom versus the United States, in addition to the ethical considerations that need to be made when deciding who should get the vaccine first. You can also read her commentary on how focusing on the Coronavirus pandemic can cause the resurgence of existing diseases, such as tuberculosis, as we divert resources from controlling other diseases to address this current threat.

Director of Binghamton University Community Schools Regional Network Joins Central/Western Community Schools TAC to Promote Outcomes.

Luann Kida, Institute Affiliate and Director of the Binghamton University Community Schools Regional Network, has joined the Central/Western Community Schools TAC to forward work around building engagement between families and school staff, in order to achieve optimal academic outcomes for children. She will be joining Liz Anderson, the Institute's Co-Director, in supporting Community School Coordinators and the districts they serve within the development of their University-Assisted Community School models.

Institute Research Affiliate Recognized For Excellence.

Congratulations to Denise Yull, Chair and Associate Professor of Human Development, who received the Provosts' Award for Faculty Excellence in Community-Engaged Scholarship by Binghamton University! Learn more about Denise and her research here.

Binghamton University's Community Schools Awarded $150,000 in Funding! 

Dean Laura Bronstein and Institute Research Affiliate Luann Kida received a three-year $50,000 grant for a total of $150,000, in partnership with the University-Assisted Community Schools National Network to promote Binghamton University's Community Schools and fund the fifth UACS Regional Training Center in the nation! Funded by the Netter Center of Community Partnership, this grant aids in the development of University-Assisted Community Schools and will mobilize resources needed to serve, engage and empower their local communities. Congratulations to both of them on this award!

How to Talk to Your Children About Anti-Racism.

Dean Laura Bronstein gives insight on how to talk about racism with children and the importance of educating children on the history of racism. To learn more about how to discuss these topics with your children, watch her interview with WBNG-TV here.  


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