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.

Dean Glenn Gerstner, Ed.D. talks about the growth of CCPS Faculty and Student Research. Click here to read more.


Seunghyun “Brian” Park, Ph.D.

Seunghyun "Brian" Park
Assistant Professor
Division of Administration and Economics

Seunghyun “Brian” Park, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Administration & Economics, at the Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies recently published an article in Event Management Journal, one of the top journals in the event and festival management field. Dr. Park worked as the first author on this research project. The research discusses social media engagement marketing strategies with three major marathon Facebook pages. 

Click here to learn more about how social media became the pivot of sports event marketing!


Computer Science graduate student Christopher Singh, along with Professor Nikhil Yadav's research paper was accepted to the HICSS (The Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences) 2022). This is a premier conference in Information Systems, the Sciences, and IT management. The project was a 6-7 month internal research effort where they looked at building a machine learning infrastructure to study mental health in NY during COVID-19’s first wave. 

Click here to read an abstract on this important study.

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.


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

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Click here to learn more and to register!

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