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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) or Ted Bobak (tbobak@depaul.edu) if you are interested in joining or learning more about the group.

Current Project Opportunities:


Working Jack, Josh, Ela: veteran focus group study

With Jessica, Alexandra:   PSI and Individual Resources (Self-Efficacy and Hope) 

With Ted, Camilla, & Alex: Social relationships. AA affiliation and social support

With Alexandra: Women’s convention, LGBT

PAR and Ex-offender relationship data



Rebecca, Alexandra: Religion and Social Support

Rebecca Stability

 Alexandra & Ted:  Need for Housing Questionnaire developed by Eric


Arturo:  Qualitative study for dissertation


Ted:   Thesis psychiatric comorbidity (mediational-moderational model with length of stay and QOL, social    networks as mediator)

With Ela: Number of OHs nation-wide


Jack:   Thesis measures of support, abstinence self-efficacy, stress


Jessica C.: PSI and individual resources


Patrick and Josh:   Collegiate OH study


John Light:  Social Networking


Nate Doogan:  Lending Money variables for Waves 1-7 and simulations



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.


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. (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