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Volunteer Group


The Oxford House volunteer group consists of undergraduates, research assistants, graduate students, and all other persons interested in research related to recovery from Substance Use Disorders.

Please contact Mayra Guerrero (mguerr19@depaul.edu), Angela Reilly (areilly4@depaul.edu), Jessica Kassanits (jkassani@depaul.edu), or Ted Bobak (tbobak@depaul.edu) if you are interested in joining or learning more about the group.

Current Volunteer Project Opportunities:

-Participant Tracking for the OH Social Network Grant

-Data Entry for Mayra’s Thesis

-Data Entry for Women’s Conference

-(Ted’s) Project on recovery home prevalence


-Participant Tracking for MAT Study

Upcoming Conferences:

MidWest Eco 2017

Volunteer Bios

Gabbi Lynch

Carli Cinquegrani

Daniela Zermeno

Austin Green


Ted Bobak

Favorite Quote: “It’s rigged — everything, in your favor. So there is nothing to worry about” ~Rumi
Education: I earned a B.A. from Governors State University with a concentration in Pre-Clinical Psychology.
Research Interests: ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), Substance Use Disorders/Recovery Residences, ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
Goals: I would like to continue doing research, earn a PhD (in psychology), and remain active in academia as a psychology professor.
Fun Fact: I have been riding motorcycles, since the age of 7.


A’Shonti McKinney

“I am an independent, first-generation college student attending DePaul University”
Major:  Psychology with a Human Development Concentration; minor in Communication Studies.
Research Interests: Prison reformation. Specifically, how we can successfully integrate black male prisoners with mental illnesses back into the community. I know that there are high numbers of mentally ill individuals sentenced to prison in the US each year and very few successful reformation/community integration programs. I want to research prison populations, rehabilitation programs, and community-integration interventions in order to develop new ways to successfully integrate black male prisoners back into the community in order to create citizens that can live healthy lives.
Goals: Once I finish my undergraduate degree, I plan to go to graduate school and obtain a Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology.
Fun Fact: I am a great boxer and martial artist


Friday 8/18/17: TBD

Supplemental Readings/Materials:

How to write an annotated bibliography

Past Readings:

Staff culture, use of authority and prisoner quality of life in public and private sector prisons 

Is private time quality time? A national public-private comparison of prison quality.

Respect in prisons: Prisoners’ experiences of respect in public and private sector prisons

Housing First as an effective model for community stabilization among vulnerable individuals with chronic and non chronic homelessness histories

Tenant satisfaction with a single-site Housing First program 

Housing, Hospitalization, and Cost Outcomes for Homeless Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities Participating in Continuum of Care and Housing First Programmes

Chicago Continuum of Care PDF overview

Housing First: exploring participants’ early support needs

Environmental Health Disparities in Housing

Jason, L.A., Mericle, A.A., Polcin, D.L., & White, W.L. (in press, 2013). The Role of Recovery Residences in Promoting Long-term Addiction Recovery. American Journal of Community Psychology

2017 (Jan. 5). Comprehensive affordable solutions to a major health problem. Leonard Jason. Oxford University Press Blog

2016 (Dec. 29). Dilemmas of a broken substance abuse system. Leonard A. Jason. Oxford University Press Blog