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COHPA Office of Research

The COHPA Office of Research works in partnership with faculty members, community-based organizations, government agencies and staff members to identify and disseminate funding opportunities, foster creative and scholarly collaborations, coordinate and administer funded contracts and grant projects and ensure that all projects are conducted in compliance with sponsoring agency guidelines and regulations.


Burg, Colleagues Publish Study on Unmet Needs of Cancer Survivors in Cancer

Even decades after being cured, many cancer survivors face physical and mental challenges resulting from their disease and its treatment. That's the conclusion of a study led by social work professor Mary Ann Burg and published today online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Learn more

Read the article: Current Unmet Needs of Cancer Survivors: Analysis of Open-Ended Responses to the American Cancer Society Study of Cancer Survivors 

Save the Date: Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The UCF Office of Research and Commercialization will host an Open House in HPA I to demonstrate PIVOT to COHPA researchers. PIVOT includes a comprehensive database of current funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion. It allows researchers to search for funding opportunities. It also matches pre-populated researcher profiles with funding opportunities. View the PIVOT Open House Flyer Learn more about PIVOT.

Congratulations! The following COHPA faculty members will participate in the 2015 Research Faculty Fellowship Program: David Mitchell, Reshawna Chapple, Timothy Ravich, Vanessa Lopez-Littleton and Varadraj Gurupur. Learn more

Offices Closed: 12/24 - 1/4
The UCF Office of Research and Commercialization will be closed when the campus is closed for business for the holidays from 5 p.m. on  Dec. 24, 2014, to 8 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2015.

UCF ORC writes, "If you have a proposal, report and/or post-award activity due during this time period, please notify us as soon as possible so that we may plan accordingly. We ask that you submit all documents to our office by close of business (5pm) on Friday, December 19, if possible. This will allow us to process your proposal and/or report and submit it before we close for the holiday break. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us [407-823-3778 ]."

Research Luncheon Presenters 12-2014Save the Date: Dec. 10, 12 to 1 p.m.
The COHPA Office of Research is pleased to host the fall 2014 Research Lunch Discussion titled "Community Based & Collaborative Research." COHPA researchers will present on four research topics. Click here for the presenters and topics. COHPA faculty members and public affairs doctoral students are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Ms.Taylor Cheeley at taylor.cheeley@ucf.edu.

Photo (above, right): The presenters included (left to right) Drs. Thomas Wan, Tracy Wharton, Albert Liu and Roberto Hugh Potter (click image to enlarge).

The COHPA Office of Research is pleased to announce the schedule for this year's COHPA Research Faculty Fellowship program.

A compilation of National Science Foundation Resources is now available on the UCF Library's website. The UCF Office of Research and Commercialization recommends using these resources to prepare for meetings with agency program managers.

11/3/14, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
UCF Grants Day: "Pursing Sponsored Research from Private Funders"
Student Union, Cape Florida Ballroom (316AB)
Members of the College of Health and Public Affairs were invited to attend UCF Grants Day, sponsored by UCF's Office of Research and Commercialization. The Nov. 3 event focused on "Pursuing Sponsored Research from Private Funders" and will feature presentations, panel discussions and networking round-table discussions. For a list of topics and a program schedule, visit bit.ly/11n3NML

UCF Professor to Lead $3.68 Million Expansion of Suicide-Prevention Programs in Florida

UCF Social Work to Help Lead, Showcase Research at National Meeting

Research Administration Student Wins International Award for Abu Dhabi Partnership

Alice Noblin9/9/14
Noblin Selected to Receive National Research Award
The Department of Health Management and Informatics is proud to announce Assistant Professor Alice Noblin (left) has been selected to receive the 2014 Research Award from the American Health Information Management Association. Learn more


Chisholm and Wharton9/3/14
Chisholm, Wharton Receive NIH Support for Mentored Research

Congratulations to Latarsha Chisholm (left), assistant professor of health management and informatics, and Tracy Wharton (right), assistant professor of social work, on their receipt of prestigious awards from the National Institutes of Health. Learn more


Barbara Howell Casual8/26/14

The COHPA Office of Research is pleased to announce an
In-House Grant Workshop led by Ms. Barbara Howell (left). All tenure-track faculty members who have worked at UCF for less than six years are eligible to apply for an In-House Grant funded by the UCF Office of Research and Commercialization. Email taylor.cheele@ucf.edu to reserve a seat at the workshop. Learn more

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Contact Information

Office of Research
College of Health and Public Affairs
HPA I, suite 340
Phone: 407-823-3854
Fax: 407-823-5821
Email: cohparesearch@ucf.edu

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Office of Research
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
12805 Pegasus Drive
Orlando, FL 32816-2200

The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann,  M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
— Adam Stubley,  B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
— Jamie Dyson,  Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr,  V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
— Krysti Griffith,  Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith,  Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta,  Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward,  Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen,  Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual,  Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
— Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13),  
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