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Rejection by peers leads teens to act aggressively and feel down.


Teaching teens that everyone has the capacity to change decreases aggression and depression following peer exclusion. If people can change, so too can social labels like “bully” and “loser.”


Students who are the first in their families to attend college struggle to keep up with their classmates from college-going families.


Acknowledging first-generation college students’ unique needs and empowering them to take advantage of university resources helps them adjust to college and earn better grades...


More than one-third of American kids are overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.  Junk food drives part of this obesity epidemic.


Storybooks that teach kids why they need different nutrients lead them to choose healthier snacks. 


More than 1 in 3 Americans have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Pointing out people’s hypocrisy causes them to practice safer sex.


Meetings with practitioners to share problems and solutions

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The latest Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed thousands of lives. In response, We Own TV, an NGO that trains people in Sierra Leone to create media, has launched a "Fighting Ebola with Film" series.

Special Projects

Partnerships to create, test, and deploy social psych innovations

Monday, December 15, 2014
Fruits and Veggies
The United States ranks #1 in the world in per capita health care spending, but ranks in the bottom half of wealthy nations in life expectancy, infant mortality, cardiovascular disease mortality, obesity, and diabetes. Low-income and ethnic minority Americans bear a disproportionate amount of this disease burden. With a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SPARQ is exploring an under-examined source of health disparities...

Advanced Training

Learning opportunities that bridge theory and practice

Sunday, September 1, 2013

SPARQ trains scholars to bridge theory and practice to solve social problems. Learn more about our fellows here.