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.

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In the News

UCF Aphasia House Named Southeast Research Hub for Patient-Centered Outcomes Project
Communication Sciences and Disorders

UCF Aphasia House Named Southeast Research Hub for Patient-Centered Outcomes Project

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UCF Social Work Researchers Partner with Child Welfare Groups to Improve Outcomes for Foster Children
Social Work

UCF Social Work Researchers Partner with Child Welfare Groups to Improve Outcomes for Foster Children

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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 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)

ASHA Fellow, Associate Dean of Research, FAAST Center Director, Interim School 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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David Fukuda, Ph.D., CSCS*D, CISSN

Associate Professor, Division Head
Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation Science, Kinesiology
Location: Education Complex Room: 320R
Phone: 407-823-0442
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Humberto Lopez Castillo, MD, Ph.D., CPH, CMI-Spanish

Assistant Professor
Health Sciences
Location: HS II Room: 217
Phone: 407-823-3012
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Julie Steen, Ph.D., MSW

Associate Director of Research, Associate Professor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 253
Phone: 407-823-6452
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Matt Stock, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation Science, Physical Therapy
Location: HS I Room: 258
Phone: 407-823-0364
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Martine Vanryckeghem, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

ASHA Fellow, Board Certified Fluency Specialist, Pegasus Professor
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Location: HS II Room: 101R
Phone: 407-823-4808

Contact

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

ASHA Fellow, Associate Dean of Research, FAAST Center Director, Interim School 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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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