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Meet your College of Education Office of Research Team

Ezemenari Obasi

Ezemenari M. Obasi, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Obasi leads the overall operation of the COE Office of Research and is responsible for advancing the research culture in the College. Moreover, he serves as the catalyst for facilitating innovative research that supports the COE mission to lead and inspire generative transformations of learning, health, leadership, and well-being by developing new knowledge for an increasingly diverse world. Specifically, Dr. Obasi will develop and oversee (a) faculty research development initiatives, (b) COE small grants program, (c) research policies and procedures, (d) community partnerships, (e) pre- and post-award services, (f) compliance management, and (g) the dissemination of our scholarship to a broad range of stakeholders. Contact: emobasi@uh.edu or 713-743-4698.

Lori ArmstrongLori Armstrong, MBA, CRA, Research Liaison Officer

Lori Armstrong is the authorized signing official on behalf of the University for pre-award research activities in the College of Education. She is a certified research administrator who serves as the liaison between COE and other colleges on campus, other universities and external funding agencies. Lori assists faculty in searching for research funding opportunities and coordinates the proposal development and submission process. She provides guidance to faculty and staff on “tools” (RAMP, RD2K, PIVOT, Cayuse, etc.) as well as interpretation and implementation of University and Federal policies and regulations. In addition to specific pre-award activities, Lori oversees the day-to-day activities within the Office of Research. Contact: laarmstrong@uh.edu or 713-743-9838.

Lena MitchellLena Mitchell, Research Administrator

Lena Mitchell is responsible for the financial management of all funded research projects for the departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She coordinates the financial implementation of awards, expense monitoring, budget administration, and reporting requirements. Contact: lmitchell@central.uh.edu or 713-743-5011.


Amy JonesAmy Jones, Research Administrator

Amy Jones is a certified research administrator responsible for the financial management of funded research projects for the department of Psychological Health and Learning Sciences. She coordinates the financial implementation of awards, expense monitoring, budget administration, and reporting requirements. Contact: akjones@central.uh.edu or 713-743-2788.

Some key things we do…

Faculty Development Pre-Award Post-Award Compliance
Individual faculty consultation Budget development assistance Purchase approvals Conflict of interest
Grant search support Application coordination Financial reports Effort certifications
Research seminar series Application submission Monthly burn-rate  
Seed research support      
Training on PIVOT, RAMP, RD2K