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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.


New Central Florida Health Research Website

Florida Hospital and UCF have launched a new "Central Florida Health Research" website to stimulate proposal development between researchers from the two organizations. The UCF Office of Research and Commercialization encourages UCF researchers to log on and add their profile. Visit the site at https://health.research.ucf.edu/.


Congratulations Fellows!
Congratulations to the 2015 COHPA Research Faculty Fellows on their successful completion of the fellowship program! View their research topics and photo

COHPA Research Development Series - Fall 2015
The COHPA Office of Research is pleased to announce a Fall 2015 series of monthly presentations designed to support the development of successful research proposals. Presentations will be held Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 11 in HPA I - 335. View the presentation topics and speakers.


Associate Dean Thomas Wan and Visiting Professor Ning Jackie Zhang are the guest editors of "Improving Healthcare Outcomes Through Health Informatics," a special issue of the International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management (Vol. 15, No.1). In addition, COHPA alumnus Binyam Seblega (Ph.D. in public affairs, '10) is a co-author of an article in the issue. View the Table of Contents

Wan to Be Keynote Speaker

Thomas Wan, associate dean for research, will be a keynote speaker at the 20th Annual Conference of the Society for Design and Process Nov.  1-5, 2015, in Dallas.

UCF Expert in Wildlife Crime Sought by International Community
Assistant Professor William Moreto is an expert in wildlife crime who will be a visiting fellow this summer at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement in Amsterdam. Read the full story


Preparing the Researchers of Tomorrow 
UCF's College of  Graduate Studies has initiated a new summer program to prepare outstanding undergraduates for graduate education. A team from the Department of Criminal Justice (Roberto Hugh Potter, Gail Humiston and William Moreto) has been selected to participate in the program's inaugural year. Read the full story


Physical Therapy Launches New GoBabyGo Lab
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program has launched a new GoBabyGo lab that will focus on researching and developing new and inexpensive mobility options for children and adults with motor impairments. The lab also will serve as a teaching facility and community clinic. Read the full story


Urban Planning Director Receives Grant from National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation has awarded urban planning program director Christopher Hawkins, Ph.D., and his research team with a $270,000 grant to study the coordination of sustainability efforts by local government agencies.
Read the full story

Celebration Recognizes Outstanding Research Efforts

The College of Health and Public Affairs held its Third Annual Research Faculty Appreciation Celebration on April 29, 2015. Dean Michael Frumkin and members of the COHPA Office of Research honored faculty members for their outstanding efforts in both submitting proposals and securing funding during the 2014-15 fiscal year. View event photos

Save the Date:
May 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sixth Annual Summer Research Institute
The COHPA Office of Research is pleased to announce the 2015 Summer Research Institute, which will include a daylong workshop titled "Community Engaged Research in Theory & Practice," offered by Thomas Bryer, director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management and associate professor of public administration. Open to COHPA faculty members and doctoral students. Read the workshop overview

Nearly 50 Students Present Research Posters

Nearly 50 students from the College of Health and Public Affairs presented research posters during UCF's 2015 Research Week, held March 30 to April 2 on the Orlando campus. Read the full story


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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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— April Heyward,  Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
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— Richard "Ben" Hagen,  Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
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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. "
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