Office of Research

UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences

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CHPS Office of Research works in partnership with faculty members and UCF’s Office of Research to identify and disseminate funding opportunities, foster creative and scholarly collaborations, support the development of innovative research proposals, coordinate and administer funded grant and contract projects, and to ensure that all projects are conducted in compliance with sponsoring agency guidelines and regulations.

COVID-19 Impacts to Research
UCF is working with campus leadership and local and federal agencies to make sure we do everything we can to support our faculty and students conducting research while prioritizing your safety.

Stay up-to-date with the latest announcements regarding COVID-19 precautions from the Office of Research: Office of Research Announcements

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Pre-Award Process

Identify Funding Opportunities

Liaison with Research Development to provide CHPS faculty with tools, individual support and group workshops to identify potential funding opportunities and collaborators.

Proposal Meeting

Meet with the Principal Investigator (PI) to review solicitation and prepare for proposal submission.

Proposal Prep Planner

Develop proposal checklist including calendar due dates, budget and application components for PI and subawardee (if applicable).

Proposal Application

Enter complete proposal in application portal per CHPS 7-day policy, review the final proposal to ensure it is error-free, monitor workflow routing for institutional approvals and ensure timely submission by Office of Research.

Post-Award Process

Project Establishment

Conduct initial Kick Forward Meeting with PI, Department Coordinator and CHPS OR to review award details, complete Departmental Authorization List (DAL) and hire project personnel.

Project Management

Oversight of awards during the lifecycle of the project. Tasks include:

  • Review/approve revised electronic Personnel Action Forms (ePAFs)
  • Review/approve requisitions and purchase orders
  • Provide monthly project reports
  • Review/approve journal transfers
  • Monitor deliverables
  • Prior approval requests for activities to include:
    • Gift cards for participation incentives
    • Equipment (value greater than $5,000)
    • NCE/budget transfers
    • Travel

Effort Reporting

Review and process effort certification to ensure it is accurate per the award documents and includes any salary cost transfers that may have been submitted after data upload.

Closeout

Review project 90 days prior to closeout to confirm all expenses are project related, inform PI and Department Coordinator of pending ePAFs and determine if NCE is needed.

Resources

Research Centers and Institute

FAAST Center

The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) has six Regional Demonstration Centers which provide services to increase awareness, access and acquisition of assistive technology for all Floridians. Assistive Technology (AT) can be defined as “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability” (Public Law 101-476).

Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training

The Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training does foster collaborative partnerships and cross-fertilization of mental health professionals, health care providers and behavioral health researchers whose united expertise creates cutting-edge solutions for improving the health and well-being of diverse populations.

Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science

The Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science is integral to the research enterprise of the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy. The institute supports mechanistic and translational research by faculty members and students in the school’s Division of KinesiologyDivision of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Program.

Research Council

The CHPS Research Council is composed of one representative from each department and school in the College of Health Professions and Sciences. The council meets monthly during the academic year to promote collaborative research, develop appropriate training, and provide leadership for research throughout the college.

Council Chair

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Jennifer Kent-Walsh, BEd, MS, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, S-LP(C)

Associate Dean of Research, FAAST Center Director, Professor
Communication Disorders Clinic, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Dean's Office, FAAST Assistive Technology Center
Location: HS I Room: 343E
Phone: 407-823-4800

Council Members

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Susanny Beltran, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor, Center Co-Director
Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training, Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 244
Phone: 407-823-4662
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Keith Brazendale, Ph.D., MS

Assistant Professor
Health Sciences
Location: HS II Room: 211
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David Fukuda, Ph.D., CSCS*D, CISSN

Associate Professor, Division Chair
Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation Science, Kinesiology
Location: Education Complex Room: 320R
Phone: 407-823-0442
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Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D., MSW

Associate Professor, Center Co-Director
Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training, Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 249
Phone: 407-823-2954
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Lakshmi Kollara Sunil, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Location: HS II Suite: 101-L
Phone: 407-823-4798

Contact

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Jennifer Kent-Walsh, BEd, MS, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, S-LP(C)

Associate Dean of Research, FAAST Center Director, Professor
Communication Disorders Clinic, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Dean's Office, FAAST Assistive Technology Center
Location: HS I Room: 343E
Phone: 407-823-4800
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Conroy Smith, MBA

Manager of Contracts & Grants
Dean's Office
Location: HS I Room: 343B
Phone: 407-823-5318
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Eduardo Ortiz

Contracts and Grants Specialist III
Dean's Office
Location: HS I Room: 343C
Phone: 407-823-3914
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Abigail Ruoss

Contracts and Grants Specialist II
Dean's Office
Location: HS I Suite: 343
Phone: 407-823-2350

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