University of Illinois at Chicago


Dr. Michele Kelley, UIC School of Public Health, 1603 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, IL  60612
Site Coordinator: Michele Kelley, Jennifer Hebert-Beirne


Participating faculty, staff and students
Dr. Jennifer Hebert-Beirne
Research Interests, Disciplines:  Public health practice, community health, adolescent and women’s health and community-based approaches to improve health equity and social justice for low income and disenfranchised populations. Involved with collaborative community health improvement initiatives with the UIC Immigration Initiative.


Dr. Michele A. Kelley
Research Interests, Disciplines:  Community and cultural protective factors applied to health promotion and prevention; Community youth development; Adolescent & young adult health; Youth-driven inquiry/ action research and health outcomes. Youth leadership development for health; Public Health Social Work, Community collaborative public health practice and research.


Qualitative Interests at UIC

QUAL interests span many departments with different methods courses to choose from and access to a range of campus supported QUAL software. Our public health orientation features action research for community transformation and well-being. We focus on inter-generational research and also youth participatory action research (Y-PAR). Many faculty and students conduct collaborative inquiry (CBPR) with Chicago communities. We have a qualitative list serve for all members of the UIC Research community that is useful for announcements about courses and conferences as well as for asking questions about conducting QUAL research. We support and encourage doctoral student high impact and quality QUAL and mixed methods research. Our faculty also promote high quality and high impact QUAL research through serving on grant application review groups, on editorial boards and as reviewers of manuscripts submitted for publication