Collins College of Professional Studies Faculty 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 are exploring.

To read more about the importance of research, read our 2018 Spring Reflection, from Dean Katia Passerini.


Dr. Christoforou's Article was Featured as an Editor's Pick in NMSBA!

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Dr. Christoforos Christoforou's 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:

  • Dr. Christoforos Christoforou 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:

  • Seunghyun “Brian” Park (Administration and Economics / Hospitality Management) 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 Read more here:

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

  • Suzanna Schmeelk (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.

  • Syed Ahmad Chan Bukhari, (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. 

  • Dr. Lequez Spearman (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.”

  • Dr. Jie Xu (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.”

  • Dr. Christoforos Christoforou (Computer Science, Mathematics, and Science) 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.”

  • Dr. Anthony Palomba (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.

  • Dr. Carmine Gibaldi (Administration and Economics) and his co-author Dr. Niall Hegarty of Tobin College of Business won the “Best Paper Award” at the Academy of Business Research National Conference in New Orleans, LA in March, 2019: “The fear factor: Understanding fear in the workplace.”

  • Dr. Ipshita Pal (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.

  • Prof. Brian Harte (Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies) received the Sam Houston State Publication Award for Outstanding Scholarship, awarded in conjunction with the Texas Probation Association, April 16, 2019.

  • Dr. Nikhil Yadav (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.

You can find more CCPS faculty research highlights here.

Research Institutions

Institute of Interdisciplinary Sport Research

Institute for International Communication


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