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School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-2369
shs@oakland.edu

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
inhealth@oakland.edu

School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-2369
shs@oakland.edu

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
inhealth@oakland.edu

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Community Health Engagement and Empowerment Research (CHEER) Lab

The Community Health Engagement and Empowerment Research (CHEER) Lab provides students hands-on training while volunteering on faculty-led, community-engaged research projects. Students have the opportunity to be matched with community organizations to help solve real-world problems and to serve as leaders in community health best practices.

Mission

The mission of the CHEER Lab is to improve the health of the community by engaging undergraduate students in faculty-led research projects.

Research Projects

The CHEER Lab connects with organizations to help create a safe and healthy (social, emotional and practical) environment for all people.

Featured Projects

  • Prescription for a Healthy Oakland
  • Sheriff PAL (Police Athletic League)
  • Community Health Needs Assessment in Pontiac
Get Involved

Donate
Show your support for improving community health and undergraduate student research by making an online gift to “SHS Gifts - Health Sciences (32319)” and enter “CHEER Lab” in the lower comments panel.

Student Interest
Are you an OU undergraduate student looking for research experience? Email CHEERLab@oakland.edu.

Community Organization
Are you a community organization with an idea for a future CHEER Lab project? Let’s connect and see if the CHEER Lab could help your organization. Email CHEERLab@oakland.edu.

Leadership Team

Emily Van Wasshenova, Ph.D.
Dr. Van Wasshenova, assistant professor of interdisciplinary health sciences, is the faculty director of the CHEER Lab. In this role, she facilitates the training of undergraduate students in basic research skills and coordinates with expert faculty across the School of Health Sciences to offer an array of multidisciplinary research opportunities.