Ginnie Sawyer Morris portrait

Cohort: 2022

Advisor(s):

Jennifer Carrano

Specialization(s):

Communities, Families, Substance Use

Research Interest(s)

Community-based Research, Program evaluation, latent variable modeling, longitudinal research methods

Ginnie Sawyer Morris

Ginnie Sawyer-Morris is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Human Development and Family Sciences department at the University of Delaware. As a community-based researcher, Ginnie is dedicated to supporting intersections of communities affected by health inequities and disparities, including
women, communities of color, and sexual and gender minority populations through the use of innovative quantitative methods, community-based mixed methods, and program evaluation research. Her research interests include: 1) partnering with communities to investigate contextual factors that influence behavioral health at individual-, family-, and community-levels, and 2) using evidence- and community-based research to inform social policy and practice in public health. Her current research is based in substance use disorder recovery. Ginnie’s dissertation explores genderspecific differences in women’s and men’s development of recovery resources (i.e., recovery capital) in recovery residence contexts.

Research Projects

  • RISE Project: Substance use disorder recovery among individuals living in recovery residences. 2019- Present
  • I Can be Mindful: A mindfulness-based program for young children, their teachers and families. 2015- 2017

Recent Publications

  • Karpyn, A., Sawyer-Morris, G., Grajeda, S., Tilley, K., Wolgast, W. (2019). Use of Animal Characters on Menu Boards Results in Healthier Purchases at Zoo Concession Stands. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2019.09.013
  • Tang, J., Hallam, R., Sawyer-Morris, G. (2020). Parents’ perceptions of early care and education arrangement: A latent profile analysis. Target Journal: Journal of Early Education and Development. https://doi-org.udel.idm.oclc.org/10.1080/10409289.2020.1774280
  • Karpyn, A., Ruhs, B., Sawyer-Morris, G., Weiss, S., Grajeda, S., LeVine, D., Ohri-Vachaspati, P. (2020). Evaluation of a supermarket environmental change intervention: Findings from a low-fat milk couponing and educational marketing pilot. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension. https://www.jhseonline.com/article/view/1004
  • Sawyer-Morris, G., Carrano, J., Glutting, J., Earnshaw, V. A. (In preparation for Fall 2020 submission). Examining the effects of maternal binge-drinking and marijuana use on children’s mental health trajectories: A latent class growth analysis. Target Journal: Development and Psychopathology.
  • Sawyer-Morris, G., Carrano, J., Cutler, L., Earnshaw, V.A., (In preparation for Spring 2021 submission). Exploring the multiplicative effects of gender on latent profiles of overall functioning in a college sample of students with family substance use disorder. Target Journal: Family Issues.
  • Karpyn, A., Sawyer-Morris, G., Grajeda, S., Tracy, T. (In preparation for Spring 2021 submission). Toward tailored interventions at farmers markets: Understanding the unique qualities of Hispanics’ fruit and vegetable purchasing patterns. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Recent Presentations

  • Sawyer-Morris, G. (2020, December). Exploring gender-specific differences in substance use disorder recovery capital. Invited presentation at the University of Delaware Graduate College Graduate Student Seminar Series. Newark, DE.
  • Sawyer-Morris, G., Carrano, J., Mueller, C., Earnshaw, V. (2020, May). Informing gender-responsive substance use disorder recovery programming: A multi-group growth mixture modeling approach. Poster accepted for presentation at the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) Annual Meeting, Marina del Rey, CA (canceled due to COVID-19).
  • Carrano, J., Sawyer-Morris, G., Mueller, C., Bodt, B., Campbell, J., Earnshaw, V. (2019, November). Substance use disorder recovery among individuals living in recovery residences: Research plan and sample descriptives. Poster presented at the IDeAs Biomedical Symposium, Newark, DE.
  • Karpyn, A., Sawyer-Morris, G., Grajeda, S. (2019, November). Toward tailored interventions at farmers markets: Understanding the unique qualities of Hispanics’ fruit and vegetable purchasing patterns. Paper presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Sawyer-Morris, G., Mueller, C., Carrano, J. L., Bodt, B., & Earnshaw, V. A. (2019, October). Substance use disorder recovery among individuals living in recovery residences: Descriptive results from baseline data. Poster presented at the Evelyn Hayes Innovations in Healthcare Symposium, Newark, DE.
  • Cutler, L. & Sawyer-Morris, G. (2019, April). Understanding graduate student needs: Using community to provide a voice. Graduate Student Forum, Newark, DE.
  • Carrano, J., Sawyer-Morris, G., Bodt, B., Campbell, J., Rosen, L., & Earnshaw, V. (2019, April). Substance use disorder recovery among individuals living in recovery residences. Presented at the Evelyn Hayes Innovations in Healthcare Symposium: Substance Abuse & Addiction: Looking At the Current Landscape & Envisioning the Future through Different Lenses, Newark, DE. ● Sawyer-Morris, G. (2019, April). Examining the effects of maternal binge-drinking and marijuana use on children’s mental health trajectories: A latent class growth analysis. Paper presented at the 2019 University of Delaware Steele Symposium.
  • Sawyer-Morris, G., Trask, B. S., Settles, B. H. (2018, July). Work-family conciliation in global contexts. Paper presented at the International Sociological Association Meeting in Toronto
  • McCallops, K. & Sawyer-Morris, G. (2017, June). Cultivating collaborative culture in doctoral student environments: An autoethnographic approach
  • Sawyer-Morris, G. (2017, June). Integrating content knowledge with professional skills development: A graduate student’s perspective.
  • Sawyer, G., Paris, C., Mackenzie, M. (2016, November). Mindful Development: Lessons from a mindfulness-based camp for young children in an early learning setting. Poster accepted for presentation at the International Symposium for Contemplative Studies.
  • Sawyer, G., Paris, C., Mackenzie, M. (2016, June). I Can be Mindful: Developing a Mindfulness-Based Summer Camp for Young Children in an Early Learning Setting. Poster accepted for presentation at the Mind & Life Summer Research Institute.

Professional Experience

Honors & Awards

  • Amy Rextrew Graduate Student Award, University of Delaware, 2020
  • The Methodology Center 2019 Summer Institute Travel Award, Pennsylvania State University, 2019
  • Finalist, Words for Nerds Research Dissemination Pitch Competition, University of Delaware, 2019
  • 2nd place Graduate Paper Award, Steele Symposium, College of Education and Human Development, University of Delaware, 2019
  • Hershey Foundation Scholarship, International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, 2016
  • Mind and Life Summer Research Institute Fellowship, June 2016
  • Women of Promise Award, University of Delaware, 2016
  • Health Behavior Science Senior Research Award, University of Delaware, 2016
  • Class of 1958 Scholarship, University of Delaware, 2015

Grants and Fellowships

  • American Dissertation Fellowship, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Under Review. Award: $20,000. Role: PI Title: Exploring gender-specific differences in substance use disorder recovery capital: A multiple-group latent growth modeling and random forest approach.
  • Doctoral Fellowship, University of Delaware, 2020-2021. Award: $28,000. Role: PI.
  • James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship, Kennedy Krieger Institute & Johns Hopkins University, Accepted March 2020 (canceled June 2020 due to COVID-19).
  • Summer Doctoral Fellowship, University of Delaware, 2019. Award: $4,500. Role: PI.
  • Office of Graduate and Professional Education, University of Delaware, 2018. Award: $5,000. Role: Co-PI/Steering Committee Member

Service to the Field

  • President, Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society, University of Delaware, 2019-Present
  • Senator, Graduate Student Government, University of Delaware, 2019-2020
  • Vice President, HDFS Graduate Association, University of Delaware, 2020-Present

Past Education

  • M.S. Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Delaware, 2019
    Master’s Thesis: Examining the effects of maternal binge-drinking and marijuana use on children’s mental health trajectories: A latent class growth analysis

  • B.S. with Distinction, Health Behavior, University of Delaware, 2016
    Senior Thesis: I Can Be Mindful: development and implementation of a mindfulness-based camp for young children in an early learning setting