Welcome to HCRI!

Kent State University has long been the home of innovative and impactful research in health and wellness. The HCRI builds on this strength and brings together faculty, students, staff, and institutional partners committed to tackling some of our day's most pressing health issues. Launched as part of KSU's strategic roadmap, HCRI is a collective enterprise that promotes transdisciplinary 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.

HCRI is a collaborative endeavor that thrives on our members' diversity of scholarship and research foci. Members' wide range of interests — from the study of Esports to research on diabetes — speaks to the institute's commitment to thinking "outside of the box" when investigating 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