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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

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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

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Shelley Hoover is the Assistant Director with the Office of Research Services. She leads office pre-award staff and administers the SPH intramural seed funding program. Shelley has been with the office since 2016 and is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA). Contact her for pre-award grant support at

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Robin Sylvester is the Director of Research Services. She oversees day-to-day operations for the Office of Research Services. The office provides a range of services to support faculty, researchers, and students across all divisions of the School of Public Health, including research development, pre-award proposal development, research events and workshops, and training and education for SPH research administrators. Robin is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) and earned her master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.  Contact her at