Meet the Team

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David Dubois, PhD, is the Associate Dean for Research.  He heads the Office of Research Services, with a focus on earning grants and strengthening faculty and student research.  He also serves as a professor of community health sciences and the deputy director of the Institute for Health Research and Policy.  His research examines the contribution of protective factors, particularly self-esteem and mentoring relationships, to resilience and holistic positive development and on translating knowledge in this area to the design of effective youth programs.  Contact him at dldubois@uic.edu.

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Olivia Desormeaux is a Research Proposal Development Specialist with the Office of Research Services. She provides grant and proposal development services to faculty, researchers, and students in the School of Public Health. The North Carolina transplant earned her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Public Health in the dual degree program at the UIC School of Public Health and Jane Addams College of Social Work.  Contact her at odesor3@uic.edu.

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Shelley Hoover is the pre-awards sponsored projects specialist with the Office of Research Services. She has three years of research administration experience and is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA). Contact her for pre-award grant support at shhoover@uic.edu.

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Robin Sylvester is the interim director for research services.  She has over five years of research administration experience, and is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA). As part of the SPH Office of Research Services housed within the Dean’s Office, she provides pre-award grant support to faculty, researchers, and students in the School of Public Health. Robin earned her master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Administration.  Contact her at rbuell2@uic.edu.

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Emily Szwiec is a research associate in the School of Public Health. She works in pre-awards and proposal development in the Office of Research Services as well as in research and project coordination in the division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Emily earned her Masters of Public Health in Global Environmental Health from Emory University. Contact her at szwiec1@uic.edu.