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Applied Research Center

Miami Middletown

In 1978, Dr. Robert Seufert founded the Applied Research Center (ARC) as a center for policy research and analysis. In 1985, Academic Challenge funds from the Ohio Board of Regents helped the ARC expand to become an important research resource serving the strategic planning needs of Ohio and its counties, cities and local communities. The grant also helped establish the ARC as a self-supporting center for policy research, service, and analysis.

In 2006, the ARC moved to its current location at 2 South Main Street in downtown Middletown. With federal, state, county, and local funding, the ARC has completed large-scale research projects beyond Ohio's borders, including other states and larger regions of the nation. The ARC's Director and staff have authored 328 publications, with 221 of those completed during 2000-2011. Since the ARC's inception, grants and contract total approximately $9. Between FY01 and FY13, the ARC generated 1.5 million dollars in total indirect cost for Miami University.

In addition to the Director, the ARC's staff includes an Assistant to the Director, Analyst and IT Coordinator, Senior Research Associate, Research Assistants, clerical staff and a pool of clerical, data entry and telephone interviewers.

Faculty Spotlight

Byron Miller | Hamilton Campus

Byron Miller is an Assistant Professor who joined the Department in the 2012-2013 academic year with a dual appointment in the Black World Studies Program. He received a B.A. in Sociology and M.A.T. in Secondary Social Science Education from the University of South Florida, as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. from Florida State University.

Byron is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on the social determinants of health. He has published articles that examine how family structure and support affect racial differences in adolescent depression, and the role psychosocial resources play in explaining the differential impact of racial discrimination on the mental health of African American adults. He is also working on several projects investigating the extent to which the well-being of interracially dating adolescents and intermarried adults differs from their peers in same-race partnerships. To extend this work, Byron is currently working on a grant to collect quantitative and qualitative data that will provide a more nuanced understanding of the effects of contemporary race relations on those individuals in interracial romantic relationships.