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Featured Research

The research culture at DePaul is typified by the pervasiveness of new ideas, the stimulation of dialogue, and a commitment to engaged scholarship. The below featured research provides a brief a vignette of select projects that typify faculty members contributions to our campus community and their disciplines.


Leonard Jason  

A Prospective Study of Young Adults with Mono and COVID-19

July 2021
College of Science and Health

Professor Leonard A. Jason  is leading an NIH-funded study comparing those with long-haul COVID-19 to patients who have myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). According to Jason, comparing long-haul COVID-19 with another chronic illness could help researchers uncover root causes of long-term illness and inform their approach to care.  His team has a large prospective data set that will help answer questions about pre-illness dispositions including immune markers that could help identify those who are more susceptible to long-term illness.    Read more.

​Photo Credit:  Charles Cherney​




Kathy Grant  

Grant and Carter Evaluate the Cities Mentor Project

July 2021
College of Science and Health

Drs. Kathryn Grant and Jocelyn Carter, Professors of Psychology, have received a five-year $3.79 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will allow the investigators and their research teams to evaluate the Cities Mentor Project and to create sustainable partnerships among Chicago Public Schools, local organizations serving low-resourced communities, and the four largest universities in Chicago (DePaul, Loyola, Northwestern, the University of Illinois at Chicago). The Cities Mentor Project uses mentor and community support to foster youth coping with stressors that impede learning and youth advocacy to change the larger systems affecting their communities and schools.  Read more.



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College of Communication faculty Matthew W. Ragas and Ron Culp have released a book titled: Business Acumen for Strategic Communicators: A Primer

July 2021
College of Communication

The book, which targets business acumen for communication students and professionals, covers topics related to strategic communication including organizational agility, stakeholder engagement, finance and accounting, and DE&I, with targeted essays, interviews and case studies.  Read more.  

(Image courtesy of Emerald Publishing)




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Robinson's Tests School-Based Intervention to Reduce Violence

March 2021
College of Science and Health

Professor of Psychology W. LaVome Robinson and team are conducting a large-scale randomized controlled trial of Robinson's "Success Over Stress" preventive intervention with a $6.6M NIH grant received by DePaul in 2019. In partnership with the Chicago Public Schools, Rush University, and the University of Chicago, the team is testing the effectiveness of a culturally-adapted stress reduction and suicide prevention intervention for urban, African American high school students living in low-resourced communities.  Read more.



Dr.Simonovich 

Simonovich Explores COVID-19 Nursing Practices

March 2021
College of Science and Health
With funding from the Illinois Nurse’s Foundation and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, College of Science and Health Assistant Professor Shannon Simonovich is conducting an Examination of Nursing Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic to both to describe the experiences of nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic and to conduct a thematic analysis to better understand the long-term impacts of the pandemic on the nursing profession and implications for public health. This research has potential to lead to changes in practice guidelines and policies for nursing advocacy groups and health care organizations in our community.  Credit for Simonovich photo:  DePaul University/Jeff Carrion


Dr.Godage 

Godage Receives NSF Career Award

March 2021
College of Computing and Digital Media
Isuru S. Godage, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media has received an National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development award, totaling $529,999. With this funding, Dr. Godage will introduce a novel systematic approach to combining simple soft robotic modules into sophisticated cyber-physical systems, capable of performing complex manipulation and locomotion tasks. Read more.


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Virtual Reality Film Hominidae Gains Recognition at Film Festivals

March 2021
College of Computing and Digital Media
College of Computing and Digital Media Assistant Professor Brian Andrews and colleagues virtual reality film, Hominidae, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was featured at the Festival de Cannes in the XR Development Showcase, and is currently in an international film festival run including 7 Academy Award qualifying festivals. Noteworthy, all the lead creative roles in Hominidae were filled by DePaul faculty and professionals; the entire production crew was made up by students in the School of Cinematic Arts Animation and Film & Television programs. The project was truly interdisciplinary with the cast drawn from DePaul’s Theater School and recorded in the School of Music.  

Link:  https://www.sundance.org/projects/hominidae


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Tzoumis Edits Reference Book on Toxic Chemicals

March 2021
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Professor Kelly Tzoumis’ reference book entitled Toxic Chemicals in America: Controversies in Human and Environmental Health has been released. The two-volume book, edited by Tzoumis, contains information on the use and management of select toxic chemicals and substances. Featured toxic chemicals and substances are placed into historical and policy context for understanding the science and health impacts to human health and the ecosystem. Tzoumis has also authored several other recent scholarly publications related to environmental diplomacy and has worked with colleagues on the application of virtual reality (360/3d) experiences and game simulations to environmental conflict and diplomacy education.


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Media Engagement Lab Uses Biometric Research to Inform Marketing Decisions

March 2021
The College of Communication
The College of Communication’s Media Engagement Lab, provides a multidisciplinary space for faculty and students interested in marketing communication research focused on Advertising, Public Relations, and Media Psychology. The lab uses Biometric research techniques, to back creative decisions with unbiased data about how humans experience exposure to marketing communication materials. Assistant Professor Juan Mundel in the College of Communication reports, among the lab’s projects are a robust research agenda on consumer response to marijuana products as the result of the legalization in the State of Illinois. Researcher’s interested in the Lab are encouraged to contact Assistant Professor Juan Mundel in the College of Communication. Additional information on the research projects and services of the Lab can be found here.


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Studham Explores Decolonization of Theatrical Production Practice

October 2020
The Theatre School
With funding from the American Indonesian Exchange Foundation, as part of the Fulbright Scholar Program, DePaul School of Theatre faculty member, Susan Studham will explore the decolonization of theatrical production practice, tracing specific hybrid practices and practical innovations through an examination of the uniqueness of the Balinese approach to performance management.


Dr. Donna Kiel 

Kiel’s OIPL Help’s Educators Refine Remote Teaching Skills

September 2020
College of Education
Dr. Donna Kiel, of the Office of Innovative Professional Learning in the College of Education, has been awarded a grant from Little Black Pearl (LBP). Kiel and colleagues will assist LBP with the development of practices and strategies that integrate their vision of teaching and engagement within the remote teaching context. Learn more about Dr. Donna Kiel's Teaching Through Tough Times project here.

Additional Featured Research

For a greater view of our funded research, please consult the lists of projects from 2020 below. These lists are representative of the scope of the internally and externally funded research currently ongoing at DePaul.  Also detailed below is a link to initiatives previously featured on this page. 















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