Ginnie Sawyer-Morris portrait

Cohort: 2022


Jennifer Carrano


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 sixth-year Ph.D. student in the Human Development and Family Sciences department at the University of Delaware. As an applied developmental psychologist with training in advanced quantitative methodology and machine learning, Ms. Sawyer-Morris seeks to inform social policy in the public health sector by investigating contextual factors that impact health disparities and inequities across the lifespan. She is dedicated to using intersectionality in her work by centering the lives and health of individuals who have experienced marginalization and/or underrepresentation in health research. Ms. Sawyer-Morris’ current research is based in substance use disorder recovery; her dissertation explores gender-specific differences in women’s and men’s development of recovery resources (i.e., recovery capital) while residing in sober living homes.


Research Projects

  • RISE Project: Substance use disorder recovery among individuals living in recovery residences. 2019- Present
    • Dissertation: Exploring gender-specific differences in substance use disorder recovery capital: A latent growth modeling and random forest approach

Grants and Fellowships

  • James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship, Kennedy Krieger Institute & Johns Hopkins University, 2021.
    Award: $6,900
    Role: Doctoral Fellow
  • University of Delaware Doctoral Fellowship, 2020-2021.
    Award: $28,000
    Role: Doctoral Fellow
  • University of Delaware Summer Doctoral Fellowship, 2019.
    Award: $4,500
    Role: Doctoral Fellow
  • University of Delaware Graduate College, 2018.
    Award: $5,000
    Role: Co-PI/Steering Committee Member

Recent Publications

  • Sawyer-Morris, G., Grajeda, S., Tracy, T., Karpyn, A. (Under review). Between- and within-group differences in fruit and vegetable purchases and consumption and BMI among Hispanic farmers’ market shoppers who use SNAP. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  • Karpyn, A., Pon, J., Grajeda, S., Wang, R., Merritt, K., Tracy, T., May, H., Sawyer-Morris, G., Humphrey, D. L., Hunt, A. (Under Review). Purchases, Consumption, and BMI of SNAP Farmers’ Market Shoppers. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.
  • Tang, J., Hallam, R., Sawyer-Morris, G. (2020). Parents’ perceptions of early care and education arrangement: A latent profile analysis. Journal of Early Education and Development.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Recent Presentations

  • Sawyer-Morris, G., Cutler, L., Carrano, J., Earnshaw, V. (2021, November). Exploring gender as an interactive predictor of risk and resilience in functioning profiles of college students with parental substance use [Abstract accepted for oral presentation]. National Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting.
  • Sawyer-Morris, G., Tang, B., Ewen, J., Caffo, B. (2021, July). Dimensionality reduction of psychological data using non-linear methods: An exploration of behavioral variation within a large sample of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder [Poster]. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Showcase and Expo.
  • Sawyer-Morris, G., Carrano, J., Mueller, C., Earnshaw, V. (2021, June). Gender differences in recovery capital for women and men residing in substance use disorder recovery housing [Paper]. International Women’s and Children’s Health and Gender (InWomen’s) Group Conference. Virtual Conference.
  • Sawyer-Morris, G. (2021, April). Advancing the call for gender-responsive recovery housing: Challenges facing women in Delaware sober living homes. University of Delaware Graduate Student Forum, Newark, DE.
  • Sawyer-Morris, G. (2020, December). Exploring gender-specific differences in substance use disorder recovery capital [Invited presentation]. University of Delaware Graduate College Graduate Student Seminar Series. Virtual Series.
  • 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]. 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]. 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]. 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]. Evelyn Hayes Innovations in Healthcare Symposium, Newark, DE.

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
    • 2nd place Graduate Paper Award
  • 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
    •  UDaily Article
    • News Journal article

Professional Experience

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Earnshaw Stigma and Health Inequities Lab, University of Delaware, 2021-present
  • Doctoral Fellow, University of Delaware, 2020-2021
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Substance Use Recovery, University of Delaware 2019-2020
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Research in Education & Social Policy, University of Delaware, 2018-2019
  • Teaching Assistant, HDFS 202: Diversity & Families, 2017-2018
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Starting at Home Project, DIEEC, 2016-2017
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Mind, Body, Behavior Laboratory, University of Delaware, 2015-2016

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

Service to the Field

  • President, Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society, University of Delaware, 2019-2021
  • President, HDFS Graduate Association, University of Delaware, 2020-2021
  • Vice President, HDFS Graduate Association, University of Delaware, 2019-2020
  • Senator, Graduate Student Government, University of Delaware, 2019-2020