Read Our 2015 Annual Report

Highlights from key projects and research studies around the world that are changing lives and advancing science, policy, and practice.

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Surveying campus sexual assault rates

We found the percentage of undergraduate women at 9 colleges who were sexually assaulted during 2014-2015 academic year varied considerably.

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Addressing domestic minor sex trafficking

We found criminal justice responses to domestic minor sex trafficking often do more harm than good.

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Researching treatment for depression

We found cognitive behavioral therapy can be as effective as second-generation antidepressants to treat major depressive disorder.

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Evaluating effectiveness of activity trackers

We found activity trackers are better at counting steps than measuring sleep.

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Examining how school calendars impact property values

We found that traditional calendar schools increase property values by nearly two percent in Wake County, North Carolina.

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Strengthening military families through skills-building program

We are evaluating whether a family skills-building program can help strengthen military families in North Carolina, in partnership with USO of NC.

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Improving crime reporting among U.S. law enforcement agencies

We are working with BJS to increase the number of agencies participating in a national system of incident-based crime reporting.

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Studying childhood vaccine completion and compliance rates

We found that 34 percent of children in the United States do not receive all doses of recommended vaccines.

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Mapping obesity across U.S. communities

We have been named a U.S. Obesity Data Challenge winner for developing a high-resolution map that demonstrates obesity at the community level.

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Researching e-cigarettes

We've combined our expertise to better understand the effects of e-cigarette usage and public health implications.

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