Welcome to HCRI!

Kent State University has long been the home of innovative and impactful research in the areas of health and wellness. The HCRI builds on this strength and brings together faculty, students, staff, and institutional/organizational partners, all committed to tackling some of the most pressing health issues of our day. Launched as part of KSU’s strategic roadmap, HCRI is a collective enterprise that promotes trans-disciplinary research and endeavors to build connections between researchers, at Kent State and beyond. Preparing undergraduate and graduate student researchers is also vital to the mission of the HCRI, as they are indispensable to the success of faculty research programs, and innovators in their own right.

We view HCRI as a collaborative endeavor that thrives on the diversity of scholarship and research foci of our members. Members' wide range of interests — from the study of Esports to research on diabetes — speaks to the institute’s commitment to think “outside of the box” when it comes to the investigation of health and wellness. Our diversity is further enhanced by the inclusion of health practitioners, advocates, and educators in HCRI; without them, it is impossible to translate research into meaningful action.  

We hope you will consider joining HCRI and becoming part of this exciting research community. If you have any questions about HCRI or have questions about membership, please reach out to us.

Clare L. Stacey, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Sociology), Associate Director
Jeffrey S. Hallam, Ph.D. FRSPH (Professor of Public Health), Director
Healthy Communities Research Institute

Erin Orlins, MPH (Doctoral Student in Prevention Science)
HCRI Graduate Assistant