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Impactful Research at Pace

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At Pace, the research never stops! Read on to check out some of the unique and thought-provoking research that Pace University professors (and in many cases, with the help of students) have been conducting.

As New York State takes a PAUSE to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we at Opportunitas thought we’d take a pause to recognize and appreciate our Pace faculty, many of whom are conducting outstanding, impactful research. Below are a few research projects conducted by faculty within the past year, that have been profiled by Opportunitas. Click through each topic to read more!


The Politics of Relationships

“If we have a friend or family member that we’re close to, and they have (or develop) really different political views than ourselves, how are we able to maintain that relationship? Or what factors may make us unlikely to be able to maintain that relationship?”

—Dyson Assistant Professor of Psychology Courtney Gosnell, PhD, with assistance from Cassandra McKenna ’20, is Examining Factors that Predict Relationship Maintenance vs. Dissolution in Cross-Political Party Close Relationships.


Building a Sustainable Digital Newsroom

“This research is not just important to us in terms of presenting and publishing. Jade is taking journalism classes, I’m teaching journalism classes. I just want to make sure the information we’re delivering in class is really contemporary. We’re touching upon the burning issues in journalism today.”

—Dyson Assistant Professor of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts Mirjana Pantic, PhD, with the help of Jade Perez ’20, has been Looking for a Sustainable Newsroom Model: The Case of the U.S. Media.


Reducing Stress with Service Dogs

"From this we developed a curriculum to educate inter-professional healthcare providers to be knowledgeable about—and culturally competent in—working with individuals who are teamed with a service dog, benefit from a service dog, or participate in animal-assisted interventions to support their care,”

—College of Health Professions Professors Joanne Singleton, PhD, and Lucille Ferrara, EdD, blazing a trail in animal-assisted intervention training and health care through A Randomized Study of Non-Pharmacologic Interventions for Stress Management in Veteran College Students.


Holistic Student Success

“Studies actually show really mixed results. These indicators may not be good predictors of student success.”

—Dyson Associate Professor Anna Shostya, PhD, and Gabriella Serebryanaya ’22 are examining The Pursuit of Excellence: Evaluation of the Honors Admission Requirements at a Private University.


Rescuing Sea Turtles, Creating Opportunities

“These are turtles who run into freezing water, float to the surface, and basically are recovered on the shore. They’re warmed up and retained at the New York Marine Rescue Center.”

—Dyson Associate Professor and Biology Chairperson Andrew Wier, PhD, in collaboration with alumna Maxine Montello '14 and the New York Marine Rescue Center in Riverhead, Long Island, are engaging in a unique and fruitful partnership on behalf of Pace’s Environmental Science program.


Mobile Apps and Occupational Therapy

“There are actually very few mobile applications that are developed by occupational therapists. We want to provide an app that is developed by therapists and also has the necessary support—what therapists really want to see in a mobile application, so they can apply the app into their practice.”

—College of Health Professions Assistant Professor Cindy Lee, PhD, is aiming to develop a dynamic mobile app to better assist pediatric occupational therapists.


Taxation and Income Inequality

“We have income inequality rising in the US, where it’s actually falling globally. Because the US also happens to be a low-tax country, the economist in me says, ‘let’s see if those two things are connected.’”

—Dyson Clinical Assistant Professor Todd Yarbrough, PhD, with assistance from Veronica Lee ’19, continues to explore The Distributional Consequences of Regressive Taxation Among US States.


Understanding Tuberculosis

“Working in a lab, that’s not the important point. The important point is thinking about what kind of questions we want to ask, evaluating what does the data mean on a smaller scale and then also what does the data mean in the context of the entire research project.”

—Dyson Professor Marcy Kelly, PhD, has enlisted dozens of students over the course of her academic career—including Eric Casper ’19to help delve into research regarding tuberculosis, while also building student research skills.


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