The pandemic brings into focus our interconnectivity as we witness the widespread social impact of COVID-19. In response, the College of Community Innovation and Education stands unified in our commitment to serve communities through innovative, interdisciplinary and transformative research and service.

Funded Research


Adapting Community Corrections in Response to COVID-19

A project to track the progress of community corrections agencies in adapting to COVID-19.
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Jill Viglione, Ph.D.


Changes in the Delivery of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Depression and PTSD as the Result of COVID-19 Pandemic

A UCF and Orlando VA Healthcare System research project to examine why some veterans complete their psychotherapy treatment and others do not.
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Co-Principal Investigators: Christian King, Ph.D., Andriy Koval, Ph.D., and Varadraj Gurupur, Ph.D.

System Response Monitor Team for the World Health Organization

A team collecting data on the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Team Members: Lynn Unruh, Ph.D. and Andriy Koval, Ph.D.


Emergency Management and Policy Analysis in a Pandemic

COVID-19 working groups for public health and social sciences research.
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Jungwon Yeo, Ph.D.

Publications and Presentations

Comfort, L. K., Kapucu, N., Ko, K., Menoni, S., & Siciliano, M. (2020). Crisis Decision Making on a Global Scale: Transition from Cognition to Collective Action under Threat of COVID-19. Public Administration Review, 80(4), 616-622. DOI

Entress, R.M., Tyler, J. & Sadiq, A.‐A. (2020), Managing Mass Fatalities During COVID‐19: Lessons for Promoting Community Resilience During Global Pandemics. Public Administration Review, 80, 856-861. DOI

Ferdig, R.E., Baumgartner, E., Hartshorne, R., Kaplan-Rakowski, R. & Mouza, C. (2020). Teaching, Technology, and Teacher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Retrieved October 13, 2020 from

Hall, J. L. & Battaglio, R. P. (Eds.) Viewpoints on COVID-19. Public Administration Review. Volume 80, Issues 4-5. (2020).

Hall, J. L., Zavattaro, S. M., Battaglio, R. P., & Hail, M. W. (2020). Global reflection, conceptual exploration, and evidentiary assimilation: COVID-19 viewpoint symposium introduction. Public Administration Review, 80(4), 590-594. DOI

Hartshorne, R., Baumgartner, E., Kaplan-Rakowski, R., Mouza, C. & Ferdig, R.E. (2020). Special Issue Editorial: Preservice and Inservice Professional Development During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 28(2), 137-147. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved October 14, 2020 from

Hu, Q., Zhang, H., Kapucu, N., Chen, W. (2020). Hybrid Coordination for Coping with the Medical Surge from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Paired-Assistance Programs in China. Public Administration Review. DOI

Kaukinen, C. (2020). When Stay-at-Home Orders Leave Victims Unsafe at Home: Exploring the Risk and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 1-12. DOI

Lee. S., Yeo, J., & Na, C. (2020). Learning from the Past: Distributed Cognition and Crisis Management Capabilities for Tracking COVID-19. American Review of Public Administration, 50(6-7), 729-735. DOI

Li, Y., Chandra, Y., & Kapucu, N. (2020). Crisis Coordination and the Role of Social Media in Response to COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. American Review of Public Administration, 50(6-7), 698-705. DOI

Piquero, Alex R., Wesley G. Jennings, Jemison, E., Kaukinen, C., & Knaul, & Felicia M. (2021). Domestic Violence During COVID-19: Evidence from a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Washington, D.C.: Council on Criminal Justice.

Sadiq, A.-A., & Kessa, R. (2020). U.S. Procurement in the Age of COVID-19: Challenges, Intergovernmental Collaboration, and Recommendations for Improvement. The American Review of Public Administration, 50(6–7), 635-641. DOI

Zavattaro, S. M., Hall, J. L., Battaglio, R. P., & Hail, M. W. (2020). Introduction: COVID-19 viewpoint symposium, part II. Public Administration Review, 80(5), 755-758. DOI

Pike, L., Herbert, L., Slanda, D. D., & Little, M. (2020). Digital sponsorship of pre-service teacher interns during COVID-19. In R. E. Ferdig, E. Baumgartner, R. Hartshorne, R. Kaplan-Rakowski, & C. Mouza (Eds.), Teaching, Technology, And Teacher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved from


While living in a time of physical distancing, our faculty, staff and students have found innovative ways to serve and connect with communities.

Podcast for Teachers and Parents

The Practical Access podcast offers practical advice for teachers and parents of children with disabilities, dedicating the entire first season to challenges related to COVID-19.

Virtual Counseling Services

The Community Counseling and Research Center has expanded its services during the pandemic to provide free virtual counseling for community members in Central Florida, while continuing to offer some face-to-face services on the main campus.


UCF Researchers Work with Public Agencies to Examine Pandemic Efforts, Effects

From predicting COVID-19 infection rates to the pandemic’s influence on domestic violence, UCF experts contribute ...

UCF’s Parents as Teacher Hotline Ready for Local K-12 School Year

As families opt for online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty and staff from the ...

New Project Will Explore Telehealth Effectiveness on Veterans During Pandemic

The switch to remote psychotherapy treatment for veterans diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder ...
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