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About the Center for Community Research

Dr. Leonard A. Jason, Director​
Phone: (773) 325-2018
E-mail: ljason@depaul.edu​

Budget Managers: 
Stephanie McManimen and Sadiq Patel

Welcome to Center for Community Research.

Here you will read about many of our collaborative activities involving community members, undergraduates, graduate students and other Center staff. We focus on applied research involving public policy issues involving a variety of health issues, including chronic fatigue syndrome, recovery homes for substance abusers, re-entry issues for people leaving jail and prison, and violence prevention in school. Our focus is on efforts to reduce stigma, empower citizens, and better understand the systemic and environmental barriers to full participation in community life.

Contact Information
DePaul University: Center for Community Research

990 W. Fullerton Ave., Suite 3100
Chicago, IL 60614​
Phone: (773) 325-4900
Fax: (773) 325-4923

Center Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm​​​

Mission Statement

In 2001, the Center for Community Research was established at DePaul University to provide permanent, dedicated space for externally funded research projects and to house research projects of colleagues associated with our work from Psychology and related disciplines.

The Center for Community Research is a setting where applied researchers can have an infrastructure to pursue their research. Center staff actively bring research grants into the Center for Community Research of an applied nature, emphasizing the partnerships between community-based organizations and university researchers. Service is a critical component of this work, as the grants involve helping solve pressing social, urban problems in the Chicago metropolitan area. Finally, teaching is a critical part of this center, as undergraduate and graduate students have an opportunity to be involved in learning skills and getting credit in a prestigious research-based setting. These students have a mentoring relationship with the research members, and this type of more intensive supervision and instruction gives these students an advantage when seeking admission to graduate training programs or obtaining employment.

Currently we work on Oxford House evaluations, CFS epidemiology, and Violence Prevention . We believe that this is a service to DePaul University and the Psychology Department, as our grant activity brings in considerable resources to the university and helps support graduate students. In addition, there are many undergraduate volunteers for these projects, and frequently we are able to hire these students to become full time research assistants, which prepares them for future graduate studies.​