Center For Applied Research

 


About CFAR

The mission of the Center for Applied Research (CFAR) is to establish mutually beneficial relationships with community organizations that provide curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students to develop knowledge and skills related to empirical research and expand professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.

The Center for Applied Research (CFAR) serves as a campus resource to benefit student learning, facilitate course development, expand professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and establish mutually beneficial relationships with community organizations.

CFAR began in the Fall of 2012 when funding was obtained through the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

The primary activities of the Center involve the quantitative and qualitative performance of empirical research. The CFAR provides a valuable resource for research and data collection and analysis for both the campus and Westmoreland County, by working with other institutions/organizations who are pursuing grants and in need of independent evaluators.

“CFAR provides an outlet for multi-disciplinary collaboration between faculty members from all divisions. The Center allows faculty to work on applied projects that have a direct impact on improving the University or the local community.  It is particularly rewarding to see the initial impact produced by our interactions with Pitt-Greensburg and community organizations." -Jonathan Vallano, PhD

CFAR will provide:

  • Valuable curricular and co-curricular experiences for students;
  • Coordinated resources for project completion;
  • Enhanced collaboration among faculty;
  • Campus resources for staff and faculty for evaluative projects;
  • Development of collective skill sets;
  • Pitt-Greensburg and Westmoreland County with a valuable community resource.

 

Current Projects

Blackburn Center Partnership
Pitt-Greensburg has partnered with the Blackburn Center Against Domestic and Sexual Violence to examine students' attitudes toward domestic and sexual violence.  In collaboration with the campus Committee for Genbder Equity, CFAR faculty and students are working to establish and assess the success of curricular and co-curricular activities that focus attention on these important issues.

Project Co-Leaders: Sheila Confer, Tim Holler, Frank Wilson
Participating Faculty: Jessica Ghilani

 

Private Industry Council
Conducting an evaluation of a Substance Abuse Education in Workforce Development grant.

Project Leader:  Geoff Wood
Participating Faculty: Tim Holler

 

Excela Health: Community Health Needs Assessment
Participating in an effort to identify community health assets, strengths, and needs as well as describing the state of chronic disease prevalence and the needs of underrepresented and disadvantage populations in Westmoreland County.

Project Leader:  Geoff Wood
Participating Faculty: Vicky Causer, Diane Cheek, Frank Wilson

 

“CFAR provides me with a great opportunity to expand my research skills and knowledge of multiple fields.” Speaking about a current project, he continued, “While manufacturing falls under the scope of business, it is interesting to be researching topics outside my scope of studies. CFAR will provide me with an experience of which few other students have the chance to be a part, and it will prepare me for my future career.” -Scott Szypulski, senior accounting major.
CFAR Affiliated Faculty and Staff

Dean Nelson, PhD
Associate Professor of Statistics
Director of CFAR
den@pitt.edu

 

Victoria Causer
Visiting Instructor of Statistics
vdc5@pitt.edu

Dong Woo Ko, PhD
Assistant Professor of Management
dok32@pitt.edu

Diane Cheek
Instructor of Biology
dec9@pitt.edu

John Prellwitz, PhD
Associate Professor of Communication
jhp15@pitt.edu

Sheila Confer
Academic Village Coordinator
sec10@pitt.edu

Linda Szypulski
Administrative Secretary
las166@pitt.edu

Courtney DeCarlucci
Manager, Foundation and Corporate Relations
pggrants@pitt.edu

Jonathan Vallano, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
jov15@pitt.edu

Jessica Ghilani, PhD
Assistant Professor of Communication
jlgst83@pitt.edu

Frank Wilson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology
fdw@pitt.edu

Timothy Holler
Instructor of Criminal Justice
tjh67@pitt.edu

Geoffrey L. Wood, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology
gew23@pitt.edu

Student Research Assistants
Adam Balliet Hannah Leszczynski
Courtney Carroll Alicia Mancuso
Virginia Elinsky Kaleigh Murphy
Rachel Haras Taylor Szczepankowski
Nichole Johnson Kelli Wilson
Mitchell Kirk  

 

If you are interested in learning more about how CFAR can assist you to develop and/or perform a research project, please contact: Dr. Dean Nelson at (724) 838-8044 or via e-mail at den@pitt.edu.