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.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has a new opportunity: The Analytics for Equity Initiative. 

The NSF has a new opportunity for social, economic, and behavioral researchers: The Analytics for Equity Initiative. This initiative seeks to leverage existing publicly available federal data, existing restricted-use data from federal statistical agencies, and other relevant existing publicly available data and scientific advances in researching equity-related topics for greater public benefit. This initiative is designed to produce rigorous empirical research that federal agencies and other organizations can use to increase the impact of equity-focused evidence-based strategies. The program currently highlights five themes: (1) Equity of Access to STEM Research and Education Opportunities, (2) Environmental Stressors and Equity, (3) Equity in Human Services Delivery and Outcomes, (4) Health Equity in the Wake of Climate Change, and (5) Equity Considerations for Workplace Safety and Workers. Proposals are due March 3, 2023. More information can be found here.

Assistant Director of the Institute for Justice and Well-Being and research affiliate Dr. Kim Brimhall has been awarded the Promoting Diagnostic Excellence Across the House of Medicine Grant.

Binghamton University's Institute for Justice & Well-Being Assistant Director and social work faculty member, Dr. Kim Brimhall has been awarded the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) Promoting Diagnostic Excellence Across the House of Medicine Grant as part of a research team for $100,000 for October 2022 through October 2023. This grant promotes diagnostic excellence across the field of medicine and funds a diverse array of projects that support the development and dissemination of resources and programs focused on diagnostic excellence, to improve the timeliness, accuracy, safety efficiency, patient-centeredness, and equity of diagnostic outcomes for patients in the United States. Dr. Kim Brimhall will work with primary investigator Diana Cardona, MD, FCAP who is an Associate Professor of Pathology at Duke University and Yael Heher, MD of Harvard Medical School on a study titled Towards a Patient-Centered Pathology Report: A Mixed-Methods Diagnostic Excellence Study. See the press release here.

Research affiliate and doctoral candidate Kelley Cook will receive the Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Service and Outreach.

Kelley will receive this award at a reception on Wednesday, March 22, 2023; it honors graduate students who distinguish themselves in service to their departments, academic programs, schools and/or the University, and recognizes students who have used their graduate education to make outstanding contributions to the community beyond the University. As a doctoral student in the College of Community and Public Affairs, Community Research and Action program, Kelley has significantly contributed to the Broome County and University communities through her work with the Institute as a research affiliate and graduate assistant, as part of a project to provide telehealth services to local families, and on different faculty research projects. Kelley created and implemented a Telemental Health program with research affiliate Dr. Youjung Lee, in collaboration with the Binghamton University Community Schools (BUCS) that offered much needed mental health services and support to local youth and families during the pandemic, while simultaneously providing field experiences for social work students when placements were sparse. Kelley worked with Dr. Lee to develop the training and offer this to two cohorts of Binghamton University social work students. Kelley continues her contribution to the university through assisting in the development of a Research Lab for the Institute with Dr. Kim Brimhall.

CCPA Faculty Research Excellence Award Application for 2023-2024. 

The overall goal of this program is to increase CCPA faculty research productivity and increase their chances of receiving external funding. This may be accomplished through requests for funding of pilot research. CCPA also seeks to enhance collaboration within and across disciplines, diversify faculty research portfolios, and support faculty navigating new ways of conducting research. CCPA faculty who are tenure-track or tenured are eligible to apply. The Principal Investigator (PI) must have CCPA as their primary academic affiliation, however collaborations across the University are welcome. Awards will be given based upon application merit and potential to attract external funding. With a generous match from the Research Foundation, a total of $40,000 is available for the 2023-2024 academic year. Individual awards will not exceed $15,000. Awarded research projects are expected to have a June 1, 2023 start date. Applications must be submitted no later than February 28, 2023 at 5:00 PM. Original applications should be submitted electronically to Debbie Collett-O'Brien at The application review committee will contact applicants to communicate award decisions by March 31, 2023. For information and the application follow this link here.

New Community School Webinar Series.

Presented by the Central/Western Community Schools Technical Assistance Center and The National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) at Children's Aid, this webinar series highlights the importance of partnerships and their impact on the successful operation of a community school. This two-part series will explore practical strategies and potential challenges that arise when aligning with partners, as well as how to leverage connections to strengthen engagement and meet community aspirations. Learn more about this webinar series and register for this event here.

Welcome Saumya Tripathi as the Newest IJWB Research Affiliate!

The Institute for Justice and Well-Being would like to welcome Dr. Saumya Tripathi as our newest research affiliate! Dr. Tripathi's research interests are centered around unpaid care work, economic empowerment, violence against women, international social work and computational social sciences, in addition to the intersection of gender, work, families, and social policies structure economic inequalities at household level, with a particular focus on women’s unpaid care work. She recently started working in the area of data science and machine learning, while using time-use survey data to show that women’s unpaid care work plays a key role in shaping economic inequalities. Read more about Dr. Tripathi and her work here.

Calling All Researchers: New Initiative by NSF!

The National Science Foundation, in partnership with other federal agencies, has announced a new initiative which aims to link researchers directly with federal agencies seeking to answer research questions captured in their Learning Agendas in five equity-related research themes. By doing so, this will advance the equity, efficiency, and effectiveness of government investments through research and support the greater dissemination of knowledge and scientific advances for the benefit of all. Learn more about the new initiative here.

Remembering Dr. Gary Smith.

The Institute would like to pay tribute to Dr. Gary Smith, a long-time educator with both professional and administrative positions at Binghamton University and two- and four-year college levels. Dr. Smith has served as a consultant and trainer for multiple governmental offices and departments, as well as public and private agencies across New York State. As a special note, Dr. Smith was involved in helping to get both the Student Affairs and Social Work graduate programs started at Binghamton University and was a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, granted by the Provost at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service, by the State University of New York. Dr. Smith was a respected educator within our community and touched the lives of many whom he taught as he will be greatly missed.

Research Affiliate Travels to Continue Work in Uganda.

Dr. KarenBeth Bohan, Research Affiliate and Professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is embarking on a two-week long trip to Makerere University's Pharmacy School in Uganda! Back in 2014, Dr. Bohan first assisted in implementing the Pharmaceutical Care Skills Lab at the university, so she will be returning to develop a series of demonstration and training videos to foster the work being done there. Read more about Dr. Bohan's work here and we wish her safe travels!

Binghamton University Fosters A New Generation of Educators.

Dr. Candace Mulcahy, Research Affiliate and Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership, has led new courses offered for local high school students, in efforts to attract and develop educators to the Binghamton area. Known as the Southern Tier Teaching Academy, Dr. Mulcahy and Binghamton University have partnered with SUNY Broome Community College to enroll local students in the two-course, dual-enrollment program to earn college credits and learn more about the education field. As the need for educators in the area grows, this program seeks to recruit future teachers at the local level and develop their skill set throughout their higher education experience, in order to create a positive change amongst their communities from within. Read more about Dr. Mulcahy's efforts to inspire the newest generation of educators in this article here.

Engaged Teaching Fellows Program Shines in Binghamton Community.

Developed by Dr. Candance Mulcahy, Research Affiliate and Associate Professor, and the Center for Civic Engagement, the Engaged Teaching Fellows Program has partnered with GiGi's Playhouse to support individuals with disabilities and give students a hands-on learning experience. By implementing this means of community-engaged learning, Binghamton University's students have been able to volunteer and learn from the amazing work being done at GiGi's Playhouse as they promote their mission of foster acceptance, promote awareness and share resources for individuals with Down Syndrome. Learn more about the lasting impact this program has had on the lives of students, families and community partners in the Binghamton community in this article and video created by Binghamton University.