2022 Forum

The 2022 event was held in person on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union.

The full research forum schedule is below:


A phone app version of the schedule to use during the research forum can be found here: eheresearchforum22.glideapp.io/

Virtual Keynote Speaker:

Ezemenari Obasi, Professor and Director of the HEALTH Research Institute, University of Houston


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Ezemenari Obasi, Professor and Director of the HEALTH Research Institute, University of Houston

Dr. Ezemenari M. Obasi earned a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of California – Irvine. He then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Counseling Psychology program at The Ohio State University, while also obtaining a minor in quantitative psychology in the area of psychometrics and data analysis. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Harvard Medical School: McLean Hospital. Dr. Obasi’s research focuses on the neurobiology of stress, addictions, health disparities that disproportionately affect the African American community, and cultural predictors of health behaviors. As the director of a national center, HEALTH Center for Addictions Research and Cancer Prevention and the Founder/Director of University of Houston’s HEALTH Research Institute, he takes an interdisciplinary approach to team science to investigate biological, psychological, social, and cultural determinants of health. To this end, Dr. Obasi has led or participated in over $30M of innovative science funded by the National Institute of Health (e.g., R01, R21, R13, P20, P30, U54), State (e.g., CPRIT), and other foundations (e.g., United Health Foundation). Ultimately, he is committed to bringing about positive change to underserved and marginalized communities and has a strong history of being actively involved in the community while disseminating cutting-edge research designed to improve their quality and length of life. In addition to his distinguished scholarship, Dr. Obasi serves as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education and the Associate Vice President of Research Administration at the University of Houston.