Faculty Research

The Faculty Senate Research Committee would like to welcome you to the UHCL Research community where scholarship is promoted, supported, and shared. Located on a wildlife preserve in the shadow of NASA, our university promotes scholarship in Education, Business, Human Sciences and Humanities, and Science and Engineering.

We believe the best way to build a prolific research agenda is to cultivate an environment that recognizes excellent researchers.

Spotlight Researcher

The Spotlight Researcher highlights the exemplary scholarship of UHCL faculty as evidenced by research with experts in the field, current students, and the community at large. The work of the scholars spotlighted encompasses one or more of the following: 

  • Awards
  • Grants Awarded  
  • Collaborative Community Research
  • Distinguished Publication
  • Innovative Research
  • Patents
  • Impactful Research
  • Hot Topic Research
  • New Researcher on Campus

We are proud to present the following Spotlight Researchers exemplifying excellence in scholarship within each college at UHCL.

Dr. Jennifer Fritz Headshot
Dr. Jennifer Fritz | HSH

Dr. Jennifer Fritz is an Associate Professor of Behavior Analysis. Dr. Fritz and her students conduct research and provide clinical services for families of individuals (children, adolescents, and adults) who engage in problem behavior. Dr. Fritz’s work focuses on the assessment of problem behavior to understand the reason(s) it occurs and the development of function-based treatments that are implemented by the parents. She directs two clinical programs on campus (Severe Behavior Disorders Research Clinic, as well as Connecting the Dots as co-director with Dr. Sarah Lechago) and a clinic off campus (Texas Children’s Hospital’s Autism Center’s Behavior Analysis Program). Many families cannot afford these services, so they are provided on a sliding scale fee or free of charge through various grant programs. This work is not only advancing understanding of these behavior disorders and how to help parents, but is also providing desperately needed services for these families.  Texas Children’s Hospital also recently published an article about this collaboration (http://www.tmc.edu/news/2017/01/a-broadening-spectrum/).Selected Publications:

  •  Fritz, J. N., Jackson, L. M., Stiefler, N. A., Wimberly, B. S., & Richardson, A. R. (in press). Noncontingent reinforcement without extinction plus differential reinforcement of alternative behavior during treatment of problem behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Gabor, A. M., Fritz, J. N., Roath, C. T., Rothe, B. R., & Gourley, D. A. (2016). Caregiver preference for reinforcement-based interventions for problem behavior maintained by positive reinforcement. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49, 215-227.
  • Fritz, J. N., Iwata, B. A., Hammond, J. L., & Bloom, S. E. (2013). Experimental analysis of precursors to problem behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 46, 101-129.
Dr. Denise McDonald | COEDr. Denise McDonald Stock Photo

Denise McDonald, Ed.D., is an  Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Program Coordinator of Teacher Education in the College of Education.  She teaches undergraduate, master's, and doctoral courses (e.g., classroom management, curriculum planning, instructional strategies, issues of pedagogy, and professional development) and has chaired or served as methodologist on numerous dissertations.  In her research studies, Dr. McDonald utilizes qualitative methodologies such as self-study, critical ethnography, and narrative inquiry. Her interests include relational and reflective pedagogy, academic identity formation, and exemplary instructional practices.  She is Co-PI for an NSF grant proposal on teacher attrition that is currently under review.

Selected Publications:

  • McDonald, D. M. (in press, 2017). “I feel like Edith Piaf:” A novice teacher’s
    expression of sorrow and hope.  In D. M. McDonald & C. Craig (Eds.), Facing
  • Challenges and Complexities in Retention of Novice Teachers.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • McDonald, D. M. (2016). Examining scholarly identity through auto-fiction: A court jester’s tale. Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 14(1), 1-20.
  • McDonald, D. M. (2015). Concept attainment: Instruction suitable for all. Academic
  • Exchange Quarterly, 19(2), 45-53.  *Honored as Editor’s Choice
  • McDonald, D. M. & Kahn, M. (2014). “So, you think you can teach?” – Reflection processes that support novice teachers’ field experience readiness. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 18(2), 1-34.
  • McDonald, D. M. (2013). A student whisperer’s challenge: Complex learner dispositions
  • and the relational nature of teaching. Action in Teacher Education, 35(5), 335-343.
  • McDonald, D. M. & Farrell, T. (2012). Out of the mouths of babes: Early college high  school students’ transformational learning experiences. Journal of Advanced Academics, 23(3), 231-257.

Dr. Rajib Hasan HeadshotDr. Rajib Hasan | BUS

Dr. Rajib Hasan is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the College of Business. His primary research interests are in the areas of corporate disclosures, earnings quality, and market reaction – where he examines how new information, expanded dissemination of information, and changes in reporting quality influence investor reactions. His research suggests ways to improve market efficiency and the integrity of capital market in the context of advances in technology and the advent of new dissemination channels that are overloading the information environment. Dr. Hasan’s research has highlighted the process through which corporate disclosures on social media increase the equity value of the firms. His research has shown that companies selectively amplify news through social media around earnings announcements and corporate disclosures on social help improve the performance of information intermediaries.

Selected Publications:

  • “Social Network Activities, Future Earnings, and Equity Values” – with Weiwei Wang, Weber State University. (Forthcoming in Journal of Accounting and Finance, Vol. 17(1), 2017)
  •  “Facebook Posting Activity and the Selective Amplification of Earnings Disclosure” – with William Cready, University of Texas at Dallas. (Accepted for panel sessions in European Accounting Association Annual Congress 2017)
  •  “Social Media Information and Analyst Forecasts” – with Abu Amin, Central Michigan University, and Mahfuja Malik, Sacred Heart University. (Accepted for special session in 2017 FMA European Conference)
  •  “Limited Attention, Analyst Forecasts, and Price Discovery” – with Abdullah Shahid, Cornell University. (Presented in UC Berkeley Advancement of Socio-Economics Conference 2016; American Accounting Association Annual Meeting 2016; Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2016)

Dr. Daniel Zerong Wang - resize 2Dr. Daniel Zerong Wang | CSE

Dr. Wang is an Professor of Chemistry in the College of Science and Engineering. His current researches are focused on some fundamental and practical problems, such as the formation of heterocyclic molecules from the “primordial soup”, deamination of nucleobase that leads to the mutation of DNA, practical removal of sulfur contents from oil products, and the acetylation of anilines. For the generation of heterocyclic molecule, Dr. Wang chooses 2,4,6-triamino-1,3,5-triazine (also known as melamine) as the model molecule, to study how it is formed from basic molecules, and its deamination process to form cyanuric acid. The formation of hydrogen bonding between melamine and cyanuric acid is claimed to form kidney stone. On the other hand, due to similar abundance between carbon and sulfur on the earth, almost all crude oil products are contaminated by sulfur-contents, and the residual sulfur species in oil products would lead to air pollution due to the emission of sulfur dioxide and sulfur trioxide, causing acid rain. Dr. Wang has worked on this problem for years, and his new discovery for the decomposition of sulfur-containing molecule will be submitted for patent application. His other practical project is to form acetylated anilines that are the intermediates for him to develop novel heterocycles, whilst all known preparation methods stated in the literature do not work for this particular type of molecules. His work would provide the scientific community clear message on the misleading information stated in many current textbooks.

Wang, D. W., Eilander, J., Yoshida, M., & Wang, T. (2014). Mechanistic study of a complementary reaction system that easily affords quinazoline and perimidine derivatives. European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 7664-7674. doi:10.1002/ejoc.201402854

Wang, D. W., Hysmith, M., Yoshida, M., George, B., & Quintana, P. C. (2014). Theoretical study of the vibrational frequencies of carbon disulfide. International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, 114, 429-435. doi:10.1002/qua.24586

Wang, D. W., Yoshida, M., & George, B. (2013). Theoretical study on the thermal decomposition of thiourea. Computational and Theoretical Chemistry, 1017, 91-98. doi:10.1016/j.comptc.2013.05.007