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Faculty Areas of Interest

To learn about a faculty’s area of interest you can click on their name or on the specific “active project.” If you want to work with a faculty, click on their email and send them an introductory email telling them about your desire to meet with them.  To see a listing of a faculty members scholarly work, CLICK HERE

Faculty Name

Areas of Interest

Active Projects


Eduardo Albrecht


  • International protest movements

  • Forecasting political crises by identifying recurring patterns of positive / negative sentiment in a range of different "online milieus" to create leading indicators for political developments in real time

Saliha Bava


  • Adult play & improvisation

  • Creativity in teaching/learning & research

  • Relational intelligence in leading, coupling and parenting

  • Masculinity

  • Hyperlinked identity (inclusivity in identity definition)

  • Emerging Meanings of Play

  • Accessing Success in Learning Through Systemic Design

  • Play in Social Processes

Carol Bennett-Speight


  • Foster Care

  • Aging out of Foster Care and dormitory housing for College students

Mary Cuadrado


  • Addictions and deviance, particularly among Hispanics and females

  • Impact of social economic factors on homicide rates among world countries

Sarah Hahn


  • Gerontology

  • Death and dying

  • Caregiving

  • Home and environment in aging

Evan Imber-Black


  • Family secrets

Jeong Kim


  • Policing

  • Police occupational stress

  • Police use of force & corruptions

  • CCTV

Alberto Manzi


  • Memory

  • Attention

  • Academic skills & creativity

  • Cognitive & clinical psychology

  • Standardized video-based mentalization assessment

Sara Martucci


  • Urban communities

  • Gentrification

  • Tourism

  • Virtual communities

  • Gentrification in American cities

Kimberly Rapoza


  • Family violence

  • Adult physical and psychological health & wellness

Alexandrea J. Ravenelle


  • Lived experience of gig economy workers

  • After the Hustle, is an ethnographic project focusing on elite gig work, specifically high status work (McKinsey meets the gig economy), and the impact of sudden platform closures on worker entrepreneurship

Jack Simons


  • Advocacy competence and educational equity

  • Career experiences of intersex people

  • K12 coping strategies of sexual minority youth and emerging adults

  • Career development of sexual minority educators

  • Factors related to school personnel intervention on behalf of sexual and gender minorities in the Czech Republic

  • Bronx LGBT needs assessment

  • LATINX research hub

  • STEM collaborative

Marina Sorochinski


  • Behavioral analysis of violent crime

Rebecca Trenz

  • Substance use, risk behavior, and access to treatment among vulnerable populations

  • Expressive writing intervention for alcohol use and sexual risk behavior among college women

  • Social media use, identity development, and anxiety among emerging adults