Research

Collins College of Professional Studies Faculty Research Archive

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 are exploring.

Boland-DeVito, Joyce, Esq. (School of Law) 

  • wrote a law review article, "Fashion(ing) a Political Statement: A Review of the Legal & Social Issues that Arise from Banned Political Clothing and Other Controversial Fashion Items in Light of the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky" was published in the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal. Read more here.

Bukhari, Syed Ahmad Chan (Healthcare Informatics) 

  • has been awarded the Technological Innovation Award for significant advances in the processing and standardization of biomedical data as well as for demonstrating dedication and service to his profession. 
  • published "Nonclinical Features in Predictive Modeling of Cardiovascular Diseases: A Machine Learning Approach," Springer Link (March 2021). Click here to read the full article.
  • published "Detection and Prediction of Diabetes Using Data Mining: A Comprehensive Review," IEEE Xplore (February 2021). Click here to read the full article.
  • published "A Deep Learning Approach for COVID-19 8 Viral Pneumonia Screening with X-ray Images," ACM Digital Library (January 2021). Click here to read the full article.

Christoforou'sDr. Christoforos (Computer Science, Mathematics, and Science) 

  • wrote an article titled “Your Brain on the Movies: A Computational Approach for Predicting Box-office Performance from Viewer's Brain Responses to Movie Trailers” published in the top-tier, peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Neuroinformatics was featured in the Editor's Pick of the NMSBA's “Neuromarketing Year Book 2019” as one of the Most Impactful papers in the field. Click here to read the full publication: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fninf.2017.00072/full
  • is part of the multi-national team that was awarded a €142,000 research grant for the study of reading difficulties in children. Specifically, Dr. Christoforou served as co-principal investigator on the project "ReDI-Stance - Reading Difficulties Intervention: Scientific, Technological, and New Community Efforts". The project is funded by the Research and Innovation Foundation under the Competitive Program "Excellence Hubs" and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Funds. Link to the project announcement:  https://www.cancyprus.org/projects/readi-stance/

  • was the co-principal investigator of project which received a €142,000 grant from the EU Structural Funds Excellence: “ReDI-Stance: Reading difficulties intervention: Scientific, technological, and new community efforts.” Along with Dr. Fazel Keshtkar (Computer Science, Mathematics, and Science), he also received a $20,000 grant from the Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation to support their research, “Human-robot interaction: Comparing user’s perception to Alexa and Pepper- the humanoid robot."

Dick, Dr. Geoffrey (Computer Science, Mathematics, and Science)

  • published “Teaching Online: Creating Student Engagement,” CAIS (2021). Click here to read the full article.
  • published “Teaching and Learning Transformation in the Time of the Coronavirus Crisis,” Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research (26 Dec 2020). Click here to read the full article.

Fondren, Elisabeth (Mass Communication)

Gerstner, Glenn (Interim Dean)

  • Gerstner, G. (2019, April).  Boom or boondoggle: The political economy of Nationals Park. Presentation at the annual meetings of the Popular Culture Association, Washington, DC.
  • Gerstner, G., & Hedlund, D. P. (2019, November). Tournament structure and participant outcomes: Lessons from the PBA Tour.  Presentation at the 2019 Southern Economic Association Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Gibaldi, Dr. Carmine (Administration and Economics)

Harte, Brian  (Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies)

Hedlund, David (Sport Management)

  • Goldman, M. M., & Hedlund, D. P. (2020). Rebooting Content: Broadcasting Sport & Esports to Homes During COVID-19. International Journal of Sport Communication, 13(3), 370-380. doi: https://doi.org/10.1123/ijsc.2020-0227.
  • Hedlund, D. P. (2019). Motivations to play eSports. In A. Andrade and S. Qiang (Eds.), eSports Guide (pp. 12-13).
  • Hedlund, D. P. (2019). Perspective: An interview with an Associate Professor. In J. E. Wells & M. Harrolle (Eds.), The business of esports: The wild wild west on fire (pp. 22-23). Tampa, FL: MGH Research.
  • Hedlund, D. P. (2019). The motivations of esports players. In R. Rogers (Ed.), Understanding esports: An introduction to the global phenomenon (pp. 95-114). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.Hedlund, D. P. (2019, November). A call for more organized esport marketing research.  Presentation at the 2019 Sport Marketing Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Hedlund, D. P. (2020). Comparing behaviors and intentions toward sports and esports. International Journal of Esports, 1(1), https://www.ijesports.org/article/44/html.
  • Hedlund, D. P., Biscaia, R., & Leal, M. C. (2020). Classifying sport consumers: From casual to tribal fans. In C. L. Wang (Ed.), Handbook of research on the impact of fandom in society and consumerism (pp. 323-356). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Hedlund, D. P., & Howell, S. M. (2020). Sport Analytics. In D. P. S. Andrew, P. M. Pedersen, & C. D. McEvoy (Eds.), Research Methods and Design in Sport Management (2nd ed., pp. 294-318), Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Hedlund, D. P., & Naylor, M. E. (2020). Determinants impacting why college sports fans purchase merchandise. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 14(1), 17-35. https://search.proquest.com/openview/d49e594dcd8ad7492836c2353a6bd8da/1
  • Hedlund, D. P., Fried, G., & Smith R. (2021). Esports Business Management. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Hedlund, D. P. (2021). A typology of esports players. Journal of Global Sport Management. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/24704067.2021.1871858.
  • Köse, H., Argan, M., & Hedlund, D. P. (2019, April). The influence of perceived fan orientation on satisfaction, loyalty and sport consumption behaviors. Presentation at the 2nd International Congress on Recreation and Sport Management in Bodrum, Turkey.
  • Köse, H., Argan, M., & Hedlund, D. P. (2020). The influence of perceived fan orientation on satisfaction, loyalty and sport consumption behaviors. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship. https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/IJSMS-01-2020-0011/full/html.
  • Mongeon, K., Hedlund, D. P., & Spalding, R. (2019).  Analytics in the sport industry. In P. M. Pederson & L. Thibault (Eds.), Contemporary Sport Management (6th ed., pp. 418-441), Champaign, IL:  Human Kinetics.
  • Published an article along with Mel Johnston, Ph. D.; Michael Naylor, Ph. D. Geoff Dickson, Ph. D.; and Timothy Kellison, Ph.D. (2021) "Determinants of Support and Participation in a Major Sport Event Referendum." Sport Management Review. Published online: 31 Mar 2021. Click here to read the article.

Iandoli, Luca (Associate Dean for Global Programs)

  • received a Best Paper Award from the Association for Information Systems at their Virtual Conference, AMCIS 2020, held from August 10 through 14. The paper and the presentation are both accessible at this link.
  • is the author of three publications that provide an overview of his research work on Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (2019). Read more here.

Ivan, Emese (Health and Human Services)

  • Ivan, E., & Nagy, E. (2019). Creating the global classroom: Is there a place for virtual academic collaboration? Journal of Global Awareness.
  • Kamyuka, D., & Ivan, E. (2019, July). Developing opportunities through legacy: Fallacy or reality. Presentation at 2019 Annual Sport Africa Conference in Dakar, Senegal
  • Pandev, A., & Ivan, E. (2019, May). Forgotten or not needed: Human talent across borders. Presentation at the 2019 Annual Conference of Global Awareness Society International in Marrakesh, Morocco.
  • Sinyutin, M. V., Ivan, E., Tewari, S., & Jin, J. (2019). Students’ attitude to doping practices in Russia, China, USA, and India. Journal of Sociological Research.

Kim, Sungwon (Sport Management)

  • was recently honored by the Sport and Recreation Law Association (SRLA) with the 2021 Lori K. Miller SRLA Young Professional Award for his research seeking to improve interventions to reduce concussions among youth sport athletes.
  • published the article: Kim, S., & Connaughton, D. (2020). Youth Soccer Parents' Attitudes and Perceptions About Concussions. Journal of Adolescent Health. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.04.029.
  • published the article: Kim, S., Connaughton, D., Sagas, M., & Ko, Y. (2020). Concussion Knowledge, Attitude, and Risk Management Practices of High School Girls’ Soccer Coaches. The Physical Educator, 77(5). doi: https://doi.org/10.18666/TPE-2020-V77-I5-10189.
  • studied the risk of concussion among young soccer athletes. Click here to read more about this important study.
  • Kim, S., & Connaughton, D. P. (2019, June). An examination of Florida high school girls’ soccer coaches’ concussion knowledge, attitude, and related risk management practices. Presentation at the North America Coach Development Summit at Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • Kim, S., Connaughton, D. P., & Sagas, M. (2019, October). An examination of concussion management practices in high school girls’ soccer. Presentation at the World Association for Sport Management Annual Conference in Santiago, Chile.
  • Kim, S., & Connaughton, D. (2020). Youth Soccer Parents' Attitudes and Perceptions About Concussions. Journal of Adolescent Health. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.04.029.
  • Kim, S., Connaughton, D., Sagas, M., & Ko, Y. (2020). Concussion Knowledge, Attitude, and Risk Management Practices of High School Girls’ Soccer Coaches. The Physical Educator, 77(5). doi: https://doi.org/10.18666/TPE-2020-V77-I5-10189.

Merenda, April (Administration and Economics)

  • talks about her research on how travel will adapt post-pandemic on SJU Power Hour Episode 4, May 14, 2020. Listen here. Click here to view the full presentation on the research.

Pack, Simon (Sport Management)

  • Bae, J., Won, D., Lee, C., & Pack, S. M. (2020). Adolescent participation in new sports: Extended theory of planned behavior. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 20(Supplement Issue 3), 2246-2252. https://search.proquest.com/openview/6f6153371f1e931e4e42cb43695f68a8/1.
  • Pack, S. (2019). Grassroots Paralympic sport in Israel: The case of wheelchair curling. Sport and Olympic-Paralympic Studies Journal, 4(1), 18-30.
  • Pack, S. (2019). Sport management institutes and university-industry collaboration. Sport Management International Journal, 15(1), 15-32.
  • Pack, S. M., & Hedlund, D. P. (2020). Inclusion of electronic sport in the Olympic Games for the right (or wrong) reasons. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 12(3), 485-495. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2020.1801796.
  • Pack, S., & Nemeth, A. (2020, June). Back to basics: Assessing the writing and communication skills of sport management interns. Poster presentation at the North American Society for Sport Management Annual Conference in San Diego, California.
  • Pack, S., & Peak, S. (2020, February). Using student advisory boards to enhance learning and program assessment in sport management. Presentation at the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • Pack, S. M., & Peek, S. (2020). Engaging Students as Stakeholders through a Student Advisory Board. Journal of Physical Education and Sports Management, 7(1), 74-81.  doi: https://doi.org/10.15640/jpesm.v7n1a9.
  • Rosenberg, J., & Pack, S. (2020, February). Using debate in the sport management classroom. Conference presentation at the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • Won, D., Chiu, W., Bae, J. S., & Pack, S. (2019, May-June). Nike is just still doing it: Use of social media and application technology platforms to increase direct to consumer sales. Poster presentation at the North American Society for Sport Management Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Pal, Dr. Ipshita (Health and Human Services)

  • received a $40,619 grant from the Society of Human Resource Management to support her research project, “National study of the changing workforce 2016.” Her paper, “Health effects of paid family leave: New evidence from New Jersey” was selected as a “Best Paper” at the Labor and Employment Relations Association Symposium in June 2018.

Palomba, Dr. Anthony (Mass Communication)

  • was honored as a Faculty Fellow at the annual meetings of the National Association of Television Programming Executives in Miami, FL, January, 2019.

Parikka, Dr. Tuija (Mass Communication)

Park, Seunghyun “Brian”(Administration and Economics / Hospitality Management)

  • published the research article: Song, S., Park, S. B., & Park, K. (2020). Thematic analysis of destination images for social media engagement marketing. Industrial Management & Data Systems [SCIE, Impact factor: 4.89]. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMDS-12-2019-0667
    Click here to read more.
  • published the research article: Ok, C. M., Park, K., Park, S. B., & Jeon, H. H. (2020). Event participation and advocacy: assessing the role of affective commitment and perceived benefits. Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing [SSCI, Impact factor: 2.988], 37(1), 128-140. doi:10.1080/10548408.2020.1722783. Click here to read more.
  • Why does Disneyland bring us so much joy?  Are all traveler's emotions the same throughout the theme park? Dr. Park explores this topic as well as investigating consumer emotions on cruises, in restaurants, at theme parks and festivals, and on airlines. Click here to read more about his research on this fascinating topic!
  • published a research article along with Kwangsoo Park, Ph.D.; Chihyung "Michael" Ok, Ph.D.; and Hyelin "Lina" Kim, Ph.D. (2021). "Community Marathon Event Participation and Quality of Life." Sport Management Review. Published online: 03 Jun 2021. Click here to read more.

Romano, Robert (Sport Management)

  • Romano, R. (2019), Why the NCAA should be responsible for the cost of a DI men’s basketball scholarship. Journal of NCAA Compliance, September-October, 11-13.
  • Romano, R. (2019). One fair way to compensate student athletes. SportsBusiness Journal, 22(20), online.
  • Romano, R. (2019). The NCAA should be responsible for the cost of a Division I men’s basketball scholarship. Sports Litigation Alert, 16(14), online.
  • Romano, R. (2019). The value of a Division I men’s basketball player – Is the student-athlete scholarship fair value for athletic participation at the highest level? Journal of the Global Business Research Symposium, Fall, online.
  • Romano, R. J. (2019, June). The value of a Division I men’s basketball player - Is the student-athlete scholarship fair value for athletic participation at the highest level? Presentation at the 14th Annual Global Business Research Symposium Conference in Valencia, Spain.
  • Romano, R. (2020). The real story behind the Confederate flag, Why NASCAR banned it. Sport Law Expert, June, online.
  • Romano, R. (2020). The value of a running back – More than just yards from scrimmage and touchdowns. Sports Litigation Alert, 17(8), online.
  • Romano, R. (2020). International Olympic Committee strengthens its stance on political statements, coming up on the wrong side of history, again. Sports Litigation Alert, 17(12), online.
  • Romano, R. (2020). Time to Reevaluate the Suspension of Student-Athletes During Covid-19. Sports Business Journal, https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/SB-Blogs/COVID19-OpEds/2020/09/29-NCAA.aspx.
  • Romano, R. (2020). Do Not Exempt the NCAA from Antitrust Despite Escalating Assistant Coaches Salaries. Sport Litigation Alert, 17(16), http://www.sportslitigationalert.com/.
  • Romano, R. (2020). NCAA Drug Suspensions During COVID-19 – What’s Fair. Sport Litigation Alert, 17(17), http://www.sportslitigationalert.com/.

Schmeelk, Suzanna (Computer Science, Mathematics and Science) 

  • gives a talk at Cornell-Q in Doha examining identity theft through the lens of medical record data breaches. Read more here.

Spearman, Dr. Lequez (Sport Management)

  • was awarded a St. John’s University Seed Grant/Venture Capital Grant Program of $4146 to support his proposal, “Bringing professionals to the Online Classroom.”
  • Spearman, L. (2019, November). Environmental Sustainability at NCAA Division III colleges and universities. Presentation at the North American Society for The Sociology of Sport Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Spearman, L. (2020). Low hanging fruit: How sports talk radio hosts discuss racism. Communication & Sport. DOI:  10.1177/2167479520916800.
  • Spearman, L. (2020). Making pastel pop on dark skin: How fashion stylists dress Black NBA players. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 55(7), 1-19.

Troja, Dr. Erald (Cyber Security Systems)

  • along with several other CCPS faculty and students have been recognized for their research on Cyber Security. Click here to learn more about their important studies. 

Xu, Dr. Jie (Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies)

  • received St. John’s University Seed Grant/Venture Capital Grant Program of $4500 to support her proposal,“Artificial intelligence for Urban Crime detection.”

    Yadav, Dr. Nikhil (Computer Science, Mathematics, and Science)

    • received NJ/NY Teaching Award for Computer Science Education. Peers nominate faculty in the New Jersey/New York area for outstanding teaching in Computer Science. The award was presented at the 6th Annual NY/NJ Conference of Computer Science Chairs at in Jersey City, NJ, in July 2018