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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.


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

Research Celebration Light Bulbs5/20/14
Dean Michael Frumkin and the COHPA Office of Research recently honored faculty members at the college's second annual research celebration. Read Celebration Recognizes Outstanding Research Efforts
View a presentation about the honored researchers  
View photos from the event

Kareem Jordan and Jacinta Gau5/6/14
Associate Professor Kareem Jordan (left) and Assistant Professor Jacinta Gau (right) have been appointed editors of the peer-reviewed journal, Race and Justice: An International Journal, published by Sage. Learn more

The 2013-14 annual report from UCF's Office of Research and Commercialization includes a full-page spread about research in the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, led by Director Thomas Bryer, and a summary about federally funded research on pill mills in Florida conducted by Assistant Professor Jacinta Gau.

Congratulations to research coordinator Monique Gregory on her recent graduation from UCF's yearlong Leadership Enhancement Program (LEP). As an LEP scholar, she advanced her skills in communication, collaboration and the delivery of high-quality products to stakeholders. She also completed an independent project, "Using Matrix Management As An Effective Tool In Sponsored Research," which she presented as a poster at the LEP graduation reception on April 25. (In this photo of the 2014 LEP graduates, Gregory is seated second from right,.)

The 2014−2015 guidelines for UCF's Office of Research and Commercialization Undergraduate Research Initiative are now available. Please review the UPDATED submission guidelines on this website.

Read the April 2014 issue of our newsletter, Research Impact.

Save the Dates
Faculty members and doctoral students in the College of Health and Public Affairs are invited to attend the 6th Annual COHPA Summer Research Institute, May 5-8, in HPA I - room 111. Workshop topics include:

  • "Community Engagement Studies"
  • "Item-Response Theory and Applications in Community Studies"
  • "An Introduction to High Performance and High Throughput Computing at the STOKES ARCC"
  • "Meta Analysis of Adherence Studies"

For a list of presenters and a schedule, see http://events.ucf.edu/?calendar_id=265&upcoming=upcoming.

Please R.S.V.P. to patricia.means@ucf.edu by May 1.

Congratulations to the faculty members listed below on their receipt of a 2013-14 Research Incentive Award (RIA) from the university. The award entitles each faculty member a permanent $5,000 increase in his or her base salary, retroactive to Aug. 8, 2013.

  • Christopher Hawkins, Ph.D., Public Administration
  • Eugene Paoline, Ph.D., Criminal Justice
  • Roberto Hugh Potter, Ph.D., Criminal Justice
  • Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Bari Hoffman Ruddy, Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Martine Vanryckeghem, Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders

Congratulations to Thomas Bryer, Ph.D., director the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management and associate professor of public administration, on his selection to receive an inaugural UCF Reach for the Stars Research Award. He is one of just eight researchers universitywide to receive the new award.

Also, congratulations to Christopher Hawkins, Ph.D., urban and regional planning program director and assistant professor of public administration, on his selection as the college's 2014 Excellence in Research award recipient.

Both Bryer and Hawkins were recognized at today's Founders' Day ceremony in the Student Union. 

Faculty members, research staff members and graduate students interested in research are invited to attended a "Research Seminar Series -- Collaborative Partnerships with the College of Education and Human Performance and the College of Health and Public Affairs" on March 25, 12 to 2 p.m., in the UCF Teaching Academy, room 117. available.   
Learn more   


The COHPA Office of Research is pleased to announce a new research faculty incentive program. The Faculty Support Research Initiative is a competitive program designed to

  • give research faculty members the support they need to produce research proposals or major scholarly works
  • increase the involvement of undergraduate students in research and encourage them to pursue graduate-level study and research

Research faculty members selected to participate in the initiative will receive up to $2,500 per student per year to cover research student (OPS employee) wages.

Learn more and apply

Roberto Hugh Potter
, interim chair and research director for the Department of Criminal Justice, has received the Peter P. Lejins Research Award for 2014 from the American Correctional Association. The award is given in memory of pioneering researcher Peter Lejins and is the highest honor bestowed on a corrections researcher by the national association. Read more

The college's current study of Rural Health Clinics, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is highlighted in an article published in UCF Today online. Read the highlight (scroll to bottom of page)  

Monique Gregory1/30/14
The COHPA Office of Research welcomes Monique Gregory as a new coordinator of research programs and services. Previously, she served as a contract manager in UCF's Office of Research and Commercialization. In 2013, Gregory was elected to serve a two-year term as treasurer of the Southern Section of the Society of Research Administrators (SRA) International.


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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

Mailing Address:

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

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— 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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