The Collins College of Professional Studies Faculty and Student Research

Research conducted at The Collins College of Professional Studies has grown over the past few years. Below are different areas of research topics our faculty and students are exploring.


Vincentian Award

Dr. Basilio Monteiro
Chair and Associate Professor Division of Mass Communication, Director, Institute for International Communication
Dr. Monteiro received the Vincentian Award on Tuesday, September 27.

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From left: Annette Masterson; Elisabeth Fondren, Ph.D.; and Erin K. Coyle, Ph.D., at the 2023 AJHA Annual Conference in Columbus, OH (photo credit: Tom Mascaro)

Dr. Elisabeth Fondren
Assistant Professor of Journalism, Division of Mass Communication was honored by the American Journalism Historians Association with the Jean Palmegiano Award for Outstanding Paper on International/Transnational History at its annual convention in Columbus, OH, on September 30.

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The IAEM Region #2 newsletter (Fourth Quarter 2023) contains contributions from (2) of our Homeland Security, Doctor of Professional Studies students: Shayla Clarke & Michael Etzel. 

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Faculty Research Highlights

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Student Research Highlights

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CCPS Faculty Research Forum on Inclusivity and Diversity

The Collins College of Professional Studies research forum, is a series of events, in collaboration with the St. John’s Center for Teaching and Learning, in which the faculty get together to present and discuss their work.


Presenter: Garfield Benjamin, Doctoral Student

Date: Monday, November 14th 2022 

Time: Common Hour

This is an ONLINE event.

Topic: Tacit Knowledge: The Intersection of Knowledge and Communication

Presenter: Dr. Katelyn Kim, Visiting Scholar, Institute for International Communication 

Date: Monday, October 17th 2022

Time: Common Hour

This is an ONLINE event.

Topic: Happiness and Travel: Can Travel Experience Enhance Personal Happiness?


Presenter: Elisabeth Fondren, Collin College Professional Studies, Mass Communication

Date: Thursday, February 17th, 2022

Time: 2:00 p.m. 

This is an online event. Click here to register.

Armed with a rusty camera and a bicycle, Percy A. Brown, a British working-class carpenter, figure skater, photo correspondent, and freelance journalist reported the Great War (1914-1918) for the London Graphic. He zigzagged his way through towns, seaside ports and battlefields along the Western Front. Brown worked around French censors to take pictures and get access to war news. After German troops caught him and accused him of being a spy in 1915, he spent three years in enemy prison near Berlin, where he continued to take pictures and produce journalism. Brown—whose story has remained largely untold—would go on to become an international reporter, successful author, and Fleet Street personality.

This event is hosted by St. John's University Design Factory within the International Design Factory Festival

Tod Corlett, Kimberly Mollo, Eric Schneider, 
Jefferson University

Emese Ivan, Joan Tropnas, Collins College of Professional Studies, Health & Human Services

Date: Monday, October 4, 2021

Time: 2:00pm - 3:15pm

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The life sciences industry is facing transformational changes. The convergence of technology, digitalization, virtual simulations, and 3D printing – just to name a few – are creating new opportunities to improve personalization, quality and safety of treatments, and the optimization of patient experiences.

In this perspective, the roundtable will focus on how design thinking and design practice can help students and practitioners to embrace a human-centered perspective to health (patient) care while actively applying their creative mindset to problem solving.

Dr. Basilio G. Monteiro PostCovid Society: Metadata and Surveillance Society
Dr. Elisabeth Fondren - Metadata is Political: Journalism, Information Governance and Propaganda|
Dr. Mark JuszczakPost-Covid Society: Even When the Pandemic Ends, Metadata is here to Stay….
Prof. Edrex FontanillaCompany Ethos and Policy Vacuums in Post-Covid Society: the Pitfalls of MetaData
Dr. Nancy DiTunnarielloCovid-19 pandemic: metadata and challenges to longitudinal studies and sampling techniques
Dr. Tiffany MohrCovid-19 and Conspiracy Theories

Date: Monday, September 13, 2021

Time: 2:00pm - 3:15pm

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Although barely mentioned in the news media, Metadata is a major new force in the pandemic. And it is here to stay well after the pandemic ends. Metadata may help to generate new methods for preventing outbreaks and for tracking how therapies work, and people behave. 

At the same time, metadata also presents a threat to the fundamental right to privacy, a right most vulnerable for those in society who are also the most vulnerable – the poor, the marginalized, the economically and socially oppressed.

Presenter: Dr. April Rogers, MD, MPH, MBA, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Administration, Collins College of Professional Studies

Sleep Problems and Medical Treatment Inequity

Date: Monday, April 12th, 2021

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

In the United States Blacks are disproportionately affected by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This talk will explore lessons learned from three interventional approaches to provide further insight into effective practice for patients with and at risk for OSA.

Presenter: Dr. Mark Juszczak, Assistant Professor, Division of Mass Communication

Tracking Inventions that Increase Socio-Economic Upward Mobility

Date: Monday, March 15, 2021

Time: 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Dr. Juszczak is developing and testing a tracker: a way to research how much attention we as a society pay towards inventions that either directly benefit the poor or help them in socio-economic upward mobility.

Presenter: William Murphy, J.D., Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Homeland Security

A Level Playing Field: Inclusivity in Social Media Teaching

Date: Monday, February 15, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Professor Murphy explores the integration of social media and smart technology into the lives of students and discusses its functionality for inclusively fostering engagement, participation, learning, and achievement.


Presenter: Luca Iandoli, Associate Dean, Professor, Computer Science, Collins College of Professional Studies

Design for Everybody - How Inclusive Design Supports Both Fair Access and Breakthrough Innovation

Thursday, December 3, 2020

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Industrial Design has traditionally prioritized functional or marketing objectives while neglecting users’ well-being and other cognitive, social, emotional, and ethical concerns.

However, best design and innovation often originate from unexpected places and applications. This talk shows that designing for marginal users and communities can lead to breakthrough innovations while contributing to sustainable consumption and to a more inclusive society.

Presenter: Edrex Fontanilla, Collins College of Professional Studies, Mass Communication

Virtual Reality as Empathy Machine: Immersive Media as an Instrument for Social Change

Date: Monday, October 26, 2020

Time: 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Fontanilla's creative practice employs immersive media as an interventional tool, creating low-impact site-specific installations about urban ecology, and educational instruments for social integration of disabilities. In this session, Fontanilla explores the emergent properties of virtual reality that make the expressive form particularly effective in promoting cognitive empathy.


CCPS Healthcare Informatics Webinar Series

Moderator: Syed Ahmad Chan Bukhari, Collins College of Professional Studies, Computer Science, Mathematics and Science

Speaker: Dr. Syed Aziz Shah, Associate Professor in the Research Center for Intelligence Healthcare(CIH) at Coventry University, England, UK. 

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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As the COVID-19 disease began to spread across the world, the elderly population (aged 65+) experienced greater adverse effects from the pandemic, including more severe complications, higher mortality and disruptions to monitoring their ADL, including critical events (falls and wandering behavior) and access to care. Dr. Syed Aziz Shah is an interdisciplinary researcher focusing on advanced radio frequency (RF) sensor design and signal processing using RF and THz sensing, specifically for healthcare applications. His talk will address address the unmet healthcare challenges of unobtrusive monitoring of older adult daily activities for health and wellbeing purposes.

Moderator: Syed Ahmad Chan Bukhari
Collins College of Professional Studies, Computer Science, Mathematics and Science

Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2022

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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This talk will focus on how strokes can be predicted using machine learning.

Moderator: Syed Ahmad Chan Bukhari, Collins College of Professional Studies, Computer Science, Mathematics and Science

Speaker: Dr. Maulik Kamdar, Senior Data Scientist at Elsevier Health

Date: Monday, March 21st, 2022

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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This webinar talks about the use of Life Sciences Linked Open Data (LSLOD) to integrate biomedical data and knowledge in the domains of pharmacology, cancer research, and infectious diseases

Moderator: Syed Ahmad Chan Bukhari, Collins College of Professional Studies, Computer Science, Mathematics and Science

Speaker: Dr. Naveed Afzal, Lead Data Scientist at Humana

Date: Monday, February 7, 2022

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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In this webinar, you will learn an overview of the US healthcare landscape, the difference between structured and unstructured data, NLP and various stages of NLP, challenges in healthcare, how NLP is being leveraged to address multiple use-cases in the healthcare industry

Moderator: Syed Ahmad Chan Bukhari, Collins College of Professional Studies, Computer Science, Mathematic and Science

Speaker: Dr. Saeed Samet, Associate Professor, University of Windsor, Canada

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

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Health Informatics (HI) has become a hot and challenging interdisciplinary field in all three pillars of medical care, education, and research. In this talk, Dr. Samet will briefly go through some of the privacy challenges in HI, followed by a review of his previous and current research in this multidisciplinary field.

Faculty Experts

Many of our faculty members are experts in a variety of areas. Click here to learn more about their individual expertise.

Research Areas

General Research Topics

  • Machine Learning , Artificial Intelligence, Human Robert Interaction and NeuroScience
  • Medical Informatics, Bio-Informatics and Data Mining
  • Social Computing, Computer Science Education and Applications of Computer Science
  • Management of Information Systems
  • Knowledge Management Systems

Department Faculty 

General Research Topics

  • Communication and Culture
  • Feminism and Media
  • Philosophy of Communication And Kiergegaard
  • Computational Communication
  • Cinematic Philosophy
  • Principles of Catholic Social Teaching as Ethical Paradigm in Journalism
  • The Idea of Peacebuilding in the Context of Cyber Warfare
  • The Notion of Identity in a Digital Ecology
  • Internationalization of Ethics vs. Ethics as Being Organically Local
  • Digital Branding

Department Faculty 

General Research Topics

  • Issues in Law Practice, including: Bankruptcy, Corporate Law, Elder Law, Employment Law, Entertainment Law, Estate Planning, Fashion Law, Finance Law, Litigation Procedure, and Real Estate
  • Issues in Law and Public Policy, including: issues of Law and Religion and Issues of Law and Diversity and Inclusion
  • Best practices in Undergraduate Legal Education
  • Best Practices in Career and Pre-Professional Advisement and Development

Department Faculty 

General Research Topics

  • Economics of Intercollegiate Sport
  • Sports and Popular Culture
  • Sport Analytics and Statistics
  • Sport and Disability
  • Sport for Economic Development and Social Justice

Department Faculty