Leonard A. Jason, Ph.D., Director
Phone: (773) 325-2018
Violence Prevention PI:
LaVome Robinson, Ph.D.
Angela Reilly, Carly Holtzman, Jessica Kassanits, Julia Terman, & Shaina Wright
Ed Stevens, Ph.D.; Pamela Fox, Ph.D.; Jessica Awsumb, Ph.D.
: LaTrice Wright, MA
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 and myalgic encephalomyelitis, Oxford House recovery homes for people with substance user disorders, 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.
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
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 better understanding dynamic social networks among Oxford House recovery homes, the etiology of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) among college students, as well as ME and CFS pediatric epidemiology, and
Violence Prevention among 9th grade students in the Chicago Public Schools. 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 several of these students to become research assistants, which prepares them for future graduate