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Dr. Jennifer E. Cross

I am a community sociologist, doing research with and for community agencies and groups to address community issues.  I love to work with teams of people who are striving to create change for the well-being of the community.

My research spans many topics, but it all centers around our collective capacity to organize and catalyze for the common good. Sociology is the toolkit, community members and students are my teammates, and together we are change makers.

I believe that the most honorable work is to be of service to others, which is why I formed the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences. Our mission is to be thought partners who provide robust social science research and collaboration tools to community partners and colleagues from across sectors and disciplines.



B Sharp: An Arts Engagement Program
This study aimed to engage people with dementia and their caregivers in an immersive community musical experience that was hoped would provide therapeutic benefit.We found that cognition improved for the majority participants with dementia.
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Why are some green buildings failing to live up to their designed performance?

Our research team has developed a systems approach that helps building owners and operators find solutions to their trickiest problems.