COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND HEALTH
DePaul University established its 10th college—the College of Science and Health (CSH)—in 2011.
• The College of Science and Health takes a multidisciplinary approach to preparing students for careers in the science and health care fields.
• CSH has enrolled 843 graduate students and 2,458 undergraduates for the 2017-18 academic year.
• Over 250 students enrolled in the college's Pathways Honor Program for highly qualified and motivated undergraduate students pursuing a health career.
• Dr. Leonard Jason, Director of the Center of Community Research and Professor of Clinical Community and Community Psychology, currently has 3 National Institutes of Health grants, which amount to over $7 million. Two of these projects seek to determine the prevalence of pediatric chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) as well as any possible biological and psychological factors present in college students who will go on to develop CFS following Infectious Mononucleosis (IM), which may help to understand the underlying mechanisms and ultimately prevent its occurrence.
• Dr. Joseph Mikels, Department of Psychology, received grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health totaling nearly $3 million to study the role of affect and emotion in decisions involving risk, and how messages emphasizing negative consequences and those emphasizing benefits may influence older "adults" intention to exercise and engage in physical activity.
• The National Institutes of Health awarded $2.86 million to Dr. LaVome Robinson, Department of Psychology, for Social Ecology and the Prevention of Suicide and Aggression in African American Youth. This study is expected to have broad public health implications toward the reduction of African American youth health disparities and inform practice and policy on the development of effective violence prevention interventions for African American youth.
• Dr. Carolyn Narasimhan, Director of STEM center, recently received grants for a variety of projects for nearly $2 million to expand mathematics education for Chicago Public School teachers and students.
• Dr. Willian Gilliland, Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded a National Institutes of Health grant of $368,750 to support 3 years of research studies on the fruit fly as a model system to study female meiosis.
Department and Faculty Honors and National/International Reach
• The Department of Mathematical Sciences has been chosen by the Mathematical Association of America as one of 12 departments of mathematics in the country to be part of a national study on "Progress through Calculus."
• The Department of Physics was selected as a Bridge Partnership Institution by the American Physical Society. This program aims to increase the number of underrepresented minorities obtaining PhDs in Physics.
• Clinical Community and Community Psychology Programs were the recipient of the Excellence in Education Programs from Division 27 of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Kenshu Shimada, Department of Biological Sciences, discovered
a new fossil shark species, Megalolamna paraxoxodon
. Dr. Shimada has also been featured in National Geographic
for his research leading to the recognition
of the plankton-feeding Pseudomegachasma fossil shark, as well as his naming
of the Megachasma applegatei
• Dr. Joseph Tariman, School of Nursing, was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing for significant contributions in myeloma nursing practice.
• Dr. Jesús Pando, Department of Physics was elected President of the National Society of Hispanic Physicists. He was also appointed to the Committee on Minorities of the American Physical Society. In this capacity he conducted racial training sessions at the National Mentoring Community conference.
• Dr. Suzanne Bell, Psychology was recognized as one of 2016’s Top 10 Chicago Women in Science by Make it Better Magazine. Dr. Bell is leading the DePaul Teams Lab to conduct NASA-funded research in which she and her collaborators are working to identify psychological and psychosocial factors, measures, and combinations thereof that can be used to compose highly effective crews for autonomous, long duration and/or long-distance exploration missions, such as a mission to Mars.
Dr. Susan McMahon served as President of the Society for Community Research and Action
, an organization focused on improving health and well-being of underserved populations and collaborating with communities to foster social justice, prevent problems, build capacity, and empower individuals and communities. This organization has significant national and international reach, and its work is consistent with the Vincentian mission.
• Dr. Joseph Ferrari
hosted the 10th Biennial International Procrastination Research
Conference, bringing together leading procrastination experts from India,
Turkey, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Norway, Peru, Poland, and Italy. The
conference received coverage in the New York Times and New York Magazine.
• Dr. Bernadette Sanchez was invited to present at a congressional briefing of the White House's My Brother's Keeper Caucus. Dr. Sanchez was also an invited panelist in the U.S. Department of Education webinar on Mentoring and Educational Success/Career Exploration.
• The CSH undergraduate research journal DePaul Discoveries, with six published volumes, showcases DePaul student research and has amassed over 15,500 downloads from 148 countries around the world.
• Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Annual Science and Mathematics Undergraduate Research showcase, provides a venue to highlight and disseminate student research. Since 2003, 970 undergraduate students have participated in presenting 847 posters and 28 oral presentations.
• Dr. Kyle Grice, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Dr. Jason Bystriansky, Department of Biological Sciences, designed and led a research study aboard experience in Spain at the University of Cadiz. Their research included studying how gold nanoparticles affected the health of aquatic organisms, examining biodiversity of phytoplankton, assessing aquatic metabolism through respirometry, and analyzing lead in aquatic organisms. In addition, Dr. Yan Li and Dr. Karen Budd, Department of Psychology, traveled with students to China for a short-term study aboard program, Psychology in Contemporary China, where they attended guest lectures given by leading psychology researchers from Peking University, Weifang Medical University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
• Dr. Carey Southern, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and a number of students created videos, practice problems and online quizzes accessible to DePaul students free of charge to help them prepare for the Chemistry Placement Test, anytime and anywhere.
• Doctoral students in psychology mentor undergraduate students in research through the Doctoral & Undergraduate Opportunities for Scholarship (DUOS) program. Each year this competitive initiative provides a stipend to several doctoral/undergraduate research teams, in consultation with a faculty advisor, to engage in research that results in a presentation or publication.
• CSH is home to programs in biology, chemistry, actuarial science, allied health technology, biochemistry, data science, neuroscience, environmental science, health science, mathematics, nursing, physics, psychology and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies.
• Undergraduate degrees are offered by seven departments, and one program (neuroscience)
• Grad degrees offered by six departments and one school
• CSH houses several centers, including the Family and Community Services Center, the Institute for Nature and Culture, the Center for Community Research and the STEM Center.
About the Dean
Gerald P. Koocher became dean of the College of Science and Health
in July 2013. Prior to arriving at DePaul, he served as a professor of psychology, health sciences dean and associate provost at Simmons College (Boston). He previously served as chief psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Judge Baker Children’s Center, and as executive director of the Linda Pollin Institute at Harvard Medical School. He remains affiliated as a senior associate in psychology at Boston Children’s Hospital and lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Now in his 27th years as editor of the scholarly journal Ethics & Behavior, Koocher previously served as editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and The Clinical Psychologist. He has published more than 260 articles and book chapters and authored or edited 16 books, including Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions, Psychologists’ Desk Reference and The Parents’ Guide to Psychological First Aid. His research and clinical interests include family coping with chronic illness and bereavement, ethical and public policy issues in mental health services and research, quackery and malpractice and psychological aspects of children and the law.
Active in scientific publishing, Koocher currently serves as associate editor of Practice Innovations. He founded the scholarly journal Ethics & Behavior, and previously served as editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and The Clinical Psychologist. He has published more than 300 articles and book chapters and authored or edited 17 books, including Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions, Psychologists' Desk Reference and The Parents' Guide to Psychological First Aid. His research and clinical interests include family coping with chronic illness and bereavement, ethical and public policy issues of mental health services research, quackery and malpractice and psychological aspects of children and the law.
Elected as a fellow of 12 divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Koocher also earned five specialty certification diplomas from the American Board of Professional Psychology (clinical, clinical child/adolescent, family, forensic and health psychology). He holds active psychology licenses in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Active in professional affairs, Koocher served as president of the Massachusetts and New England Psychological Associations and four APA divisions (clinical psychology, psychotherapy, child, youth and family services and pediatric psychology). He served as President of the APA (2006) and APA Parliamentarian (2018).