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Research and Partners

The Nexus of Health and Innovation

The College of Health is the nexus of health research at Lehigh. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of the people of communities across the country and around the world, as well as the greater Lehigh Valley.





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Our Strategic Research and Partnership

The Strategic Research topics in the College of Health focus on interdisciplinary topics that are critical to community and population health. In our Community and Population Health research area, we seek to improve the health of underserved populations through data-driven prevention and intervention based on social, biological, psychological, commercial, and other determinants of health. Our Health Innovation & Technology research aims to develop diagnostics, devices, and data analytics to improve health outcomes, leveraging Lehigh’s traditional technology strengths.

The College of Health accomplishes its work through partnership.  We partner internally at Lehigh with colleagues in business, engineering, education, and the arts and sciences in multidisciplinary collaborations that reflect the complex nature of any health challenge. We collaborate with a range of external partners – from corporations and foundations to health networks and government agencies – who work with communities and share our goals to address some of society’s most pressing health challenges.

Research and partners inquires may be directed to

  • Improving the health of global & Indigenous populations
  • Exploring the impact of the built environment and greenspace
  • Modeling of infectious diseases for prediction and control
  • Creating interventions to improve mental & behavioral health
  • Addressing maternal & child health issues
  • Integrating health data science & technology, as well as qualitative methods
  • Examining health policy & ethics in healthcare, and economics of health systems
  • Tackling issues of addiction and substance use (smoking, alcohol, etc)
  • Assessing environmental factors (air, water, etc) on health
  • Reducing health disparities among underserved populations in the Lehigh Valley and internationally (LGBTQ, Immigrant, Latino, etc)

Research News >>

Lehigh Research Review
2023 Volume No. 7

  • Kate Jackson, Assistant Professor
    • "What is the Community Going to Get from It?" Abolitionist Ethics and the Praxis of Responding to Reciprocal Community Requests
    • Public Integrity
  • Russell McIntire, Associate Professor
  • Krista Liguori, Assistant Professor
    • Comparison of Cefotaxime-Resistant Escherichia coli and sul1 and intI1 by qPCR for Monitoring of Antibiotic Resistance of Wastewater, Surface Water, and Recycled Water
    • Antibiotics
  • Gabrielle String, Assistant Professor
    • Developing context-specific water, sanitation and hygiene guidance for National Cholera Plans: Qualitative inputs
    • PLOS Water
  • Linchen He, Assistant Professor
    • Comparison of sleep parameters from wrist-worn ActiGraph and Actiwatch devices
    • Sleep

Contact Us

Won Choi, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Community and Population Health; Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies; Interim Director, Institute for Indigenous Studies

  • Promotes internal and external research collaboration
  • Identifies and develops research focus areas
  • Provides research perspective on faculty growth
  • Supports interdisciplinary research teams

Marion Emerson
Contract & Grant Coordinator

  • Funding proposal development, sponsored research
  • ORCID and SciENcv delegate
  • Administrative support for events and communications

Steph Kish
Contract & Grant Coordinator

  • Financial support for active grant awards
  • Contract and grant award administration
  • Facilitate report preparation

Matthew Mattern
Senior Director, Partner Engagement, Corporate & Foundation Relations

  • Internal grant opportunities
  • Foundation/Nonprofit engagement
  • Corporate engagement
  • Industry partnerships

Heather Messina
Associate Director, Research Administration

  • Oversees college-level research activity
  • Post-award financial management
  • Process and procedure development
  • Contract review and process management
  • Research administration data requests


Malik Normuradov, Graduate Assistant
Research Administrator

  • Facilitate post-award tasks for active projects
  • Grant award project management
  • Learning research administration