Current Awarded Grants

Campus Sexual Misconduct: Using Perpetrator Risk Assessment and Tailored Treatment to Individualize Sanctioning

robert_prentky.jpgPI: Robert Prentky, School of Psychology, University College
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Justice/Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)
Award Amount: $1,315,906
Project Period: October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2017

Abstract: The high incidence of student sexual misconduct on college campuses has frequently been documented but never adequately sanctioned with sex offender treatment. Existing scholarship on perpetrator risk and needs assessment and treatment focuses either on adjudicated juvenile or adult sex offenders. College students constitute a unique group that is not addressed by existing research on treatment. Therapeutic sanction of college students merits an approach tailored to the needs and correlates of offending in the college environment. The project will outline the development, implementation, and evaluation of an evidence-based, interdisciplinary response to individualized sanctioning of student perpetrators. Products will include a tailored risk and needs evaluation protocol and a modularized, flexible, multi-component treatment curriculum. Deliverables aimed to facilitate scaling up on campuses nationwide will include a manual with project implementation guidelines that describe the steps in integrating the needs assessment and treatment curriculum into the spectrum of adjudication processes reflected in our sample; a synthesis of feedback from the participating student conduct professionals and clinicians; reactions from the sample of undergraduate women; and explicit recommendations for improving judicial review, encouraging victim reporting, and increasing the safety of campuses for women.

Assessing, Treating & Managing Juveniles with Illegal Sexual Behavior: The Juvenile Treatment Progress Scale Development and Implementation Project


PI: Dr. Robert Prentky, School of Psychology, University College
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Justice/Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART)
Award Amount: $1,000,000
Project Period: October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2019

Abstract: Assessment of adolescents with illegal sexual behavior have focused primarily on the presumptive likelihood of sexual reoffending, in spite of low sexual recidivism rates. Adolescents are in a rapid stage of bio-social-psychological development; this is the optimal time to intervene to facilitate healthy relationships and prosocial behavior. The goals and objectives of this project involve a systematic approach to (1) developing, validating and implementing a holistic treatment needs and progress scale (TNPS) (i.e., one that considers idiographic factors and socio-ecological influences) to assist treatment providers in identifying risk relevant treatment needs, (2) developing individualized, responsive treatment plans, and (3) monitoring progress in response to effective interventions. Three demographically and culturally diverse state juvenile justice agencies that provide cognitive-behavioral treatment have been identified as partners.

Retail Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network (RHTTN-North)


PI: Dr. Donald Hoover, International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Petrocelli College
Sponsor: State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Project Period: April 1, 2013 through December 31, 2017 (Total Award: $1.1M)

Abstract: Using a collaborative, partnership driven structure, the RHTTN at FDU will capitalize on the internal and external knowledge and capabilities along with enabling technologies. The RHTTN at FDU is committed to embracing a shared direction, providing access to information from established sources such as New Jersey’s WIBs and Jobs4Jersey programs, capitalizing on information technology, and marketing and servicing the two primary targets: industry specific businesses and jobseekers. By expanding beyond the academic boundaries of the organization, the primary targets of the market should be better served. Program objectives include 1) linking together the stages or steps in the provision of services; 2) expanding into the industry-specific business sector; 3) combining resources, such as facilities, staff, expertise, and knowledge that will be meet the needs of the sector; and 4) matching jobseekers with businesses. In order to make the connections necessary to address the performance deliverables, FDU will first reach out to its existing industry-specific contracts, partnerships, and alliances and then move beyond its boundaries with an expanded focus by reaching out to new organizations in the field. Industry specific associations including the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association (NJRMA), professional associations, job clubs, community service clubs, Chambers of Commerce, and the American Dream, Meadowlands will be included in outreach efforts.

Integrated Care for the Underserved of Northeastern New Jersey

robert_mcgrath.jpgPI: Dr. Robert McGrath, School of Psychology, University College
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration/DHHS
Project Period: July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2019 (Total Award: ($843,367)

Abstract: The primary aim of the proposed project is to improve the behavioral health care of underserved populations by increasing the knowledge, skills, and competencies of psychology trainees in the context of integrated primary care, via didactic and experiential training. Specific objectives for the three-year period include: (1) placing doctoral students in a health center where they will be trained to work as part of the primary care medical team, under the joint supervision of licensed clinical psychologists and primary care physicians; (2) developing protocols for training students and for stepped care that are appropriate to the setting; (3) providing didactic training to students in a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology about integrated care; and (4) disseminating information about the program to other programs in the region.

Garden State-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GS-LSAMP) - PHASE II 

Marion McClaryPI: Dr. Marion McClary, School of Natural Sciences - Biology, University College
Sponsor: Rutgers University/National Science Foundation
Project Period: July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017 (Total Award Amount: $181K)

Abstract: The Garden State LSAMP achieved its 5-year goal of doubling its number of underrepresented minority graduates in STEM disciplines in only 4 years. It performed this remarkable success by developing a transformative system of recruitment and retention based primarily upon innovative use of online education resources and research experiences coupled with best practices. The Garden State LSAMP proposes to expand this success in a system of transitions in Phase II. For entering students, the transformative system will be extended into a consortium of five nearby community colleges all of which are HSIs, and are now active Associate Members of the Garden State LSAMP. Associate membership will allow the community colleges to institute the methods that made the Garden State LSAMP successful. Through a series of interactions, opportunities and sharing of resources, a seamless transition from community college to 4-year institution will be developed. The Garden State LSAMP Scholars will be offered international research experiences as well as greatly expanded opportunities for undergraduate research and graduate studies. The research and international experiences will be integrated into the undergraduate educational experiences to encourage LSAMP Scholars to consider pursuing careers that involve research and especially graduate education. New programs to better prepare and guide these scholars to graduate school will also be a hallmark of the Phase II project.

The Role of Instructor and Peer Feedback in Improving the Cognitive, Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competencies of Student Writers in STEM

oleksandr_rudniy.jpgPI: Dr. Oleksandr Rudniy, School of Computer Sciences and Engineering, University College
Sponsor: The National Science Foundation
Project Period: September 15, 2015 through September 14, 2018 (Total Award: $45,360)

Abstract: The proposal explores three competency domains (cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal), as defined by the National Research Council, that determine and predict student success in the STEM curriculum. We seek to map the development of these core 21st century competencies by researching the effects of teacher and peer response on writing improvement and knowledge adaption, and by deploying My Reviewers (Myr), a web-assessment tool. In the context of college-level student writing and peer review in STEM writing courses, particularly Introductory Biology and Chemistry on campuses of USF< NCSU, Dartmouth, MIT and PENN, we will analyze the effects of different instructor and student comments, digital assessment tools, and workflows on student writing and knowledge adaption. We will map the three competency domains by academic year, project/genre, gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and institution by conducting statistical analysis of rubric scores on intermediate and final drafts and across projects, sentiment analysis, and Natural Language Processing and machine-learning methods to analyze reviewers comments and drafts, and survey of administrator, instructor, and student meta-reflections.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

PI: Dr. Teresa Moore, School of Nursing and Allied Health, University College
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration/DHHS
Project Period: July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2017 (Total Award Amount: $2,354,268; Current Loan base available for disbursements: $750K)

Abstract:  NFLP funds will provide loans for our students in the Masters in Nursing Education Program, in the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program with the education focus and in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP) Organizational Leadership track. The thirty-three (33) credit Nursing Education Program prepares students to teach at the Baccalaureate level or higher.

A Multi-Sensor Calibration Algorithm for Improving Emissivity  Retrieval by Integrating Microwave Brightness Temperature Diurnal Cycle

PI: Dr. Marzieh Azarderakhsh, School of Computer Sciences and Engineering, University College
Sponsor: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Project Period: August 15, 2016 through August 14, 2019 (Total Award: $70,957)

Abstract: Spaceborne microwave remote sensing techniques have considerable capabilities for supporting investigations of the Earth system. The coherent and consistent spatial and temporal observations afforded by the all-weather, day and night observational capabilities of microwave sensor systems bring a unique and powerful remote sensing tool to the study of geophysical phenomena at regional, continental, and global scales. The quantitative determination of trends and variability in the Earth’s atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, biosphere, and land surface depends significantly on the availability of contiguous multi-instrument/multi-platform data sets based on as synergistic observations from multiple sensors and platforms. Instantaneous measures of microwave brightness temperature, Tb, are fundamental to estimation of column water vapor abundance, rainfall rate, soil moisture, snow cover, land surface temperature, and vegetation pattern. To understand the atmospheric phenomena such as rain rate, cloud liquid water, and total precipitable water the contribution of the surface should be accounted and be removed from the microwave signal. On the other hand, to extract geophysical information such as snow, soil moisture, vegetation structure, and sea ice the effect of the atmosphere should be removed. Therefore disaggregating the effect of these two sources (i.e. atmosphere and the surface) is important, and directly using the brightness temperature in these applications without removing the effect of the other does not provide accurate results. This projects aims to develop a well-calibrated, multiyear, multisatellite, instantaneous land surface emissivity product for frequencies ranging from 7 to 89.0 GHz. Infrared thermal temperatures have been used as the physical temperature (surface temperature) to retrieve microwave emissivities, since there is no global information on physical temperature profiles over land. However, passive microwave emissions originate from deeper layers than the infrared. A difference in depth of origination can cause an inconsistency between diurnal variations of infrared and microwave brightness temperatures, resulting in significant differences of emissivities from day and night retrievals. In the proposed study, the diurnal cycle of the microwave brightness temperature will be constructed over the globe for different frequencies/polarizations using a multi-sensor / multi-platform algorithm. Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) with its unique overpass time (1:30 A.M./P.M.) will provide valuable information at close daily maxima and minima temperatures. Interconsistency between AMSR2 and newly launched Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) Microwave Imager (GMI) sensor and other non-NASA microwave sensors will be investigated by accounting for differences in the spectral responses, incidence angles, and spatial resolution. Various methods such as the principal component analysis and non-Gaussian spatial texture analysis will be used to derive spatial variation of microwave Tb diurnal cycles. A thorough error and uncertainty analysis will be conducted on all input and output parameters. The final emissivity product from different sensors will then be released to the public.