Telehealth Research Community

The Telehealth Research Community (TRC) was created to promote collaboration across campus for all individuals interested in telehealth.

What is the Telehealth Research Community (TRC):

  • We are researchers and practitioners who are interested in understanding how Telehealth can help foster better health outcomes.
  • Our mission is to engage students, staff, faculty, and the local community in the TRC to provide an opportunity to expand and promote the usefulness and accessibility of telehealth as a tool and resource at MU and the surrounding community. 
  • Our initial goal is that participants connect around various opportunities created by the TRC including but not limited to communication about future use and direction of this innovative technology in delivering high-quality health services.
  • Upcoming Events
  • Past Events

On Thursday, February 29, 2024, from 11 am – 12 pm, TRC is hosting our next meeting where we will hear from Dr. Lee Za Ong about her research. Light lunch will be provided. Location TBD. Please RSVP by email to

Launch Event:

On October 18th 2022 the Telehealth Research Community gathered to connect and network around our research. We had about 30 faculty, staff, students, and community members attended.

Second Event:

On December 7th 2022 the Telehealth Research Community connect the community in the traditional World Café style (speed dating). We offered a structure that allows attendees to engage in brief conversations with others to learn more about areas of interest and potential connection.

Third Event:

On February 23rd  2022, the Telehealth Research Community presented Community Research Connection (CRC). We provided the collaborative opportunity with a light lunch, where MU scholars interested in telehealth discussed areas of overlap, funding opportunities, and innovative use for this technology. We announced a Nursing Telehealth Accelerator grant funding opportunity.

Fourth Event:

On Thursday, December 7, 2023, from 11 am – 12 pm, TRC hosted a conversation with Dr. Jessica Zemlak to hear about her research. In addition, there was a light lunch and the opportunity to network with other researchers across campus. 

Community Research Connection:

On April 27th, scholars from around Marquette's campus convened to discuss areas of overlap, funding opportunities, and innovative use of technology.

Conversation wtih ORSP:

On September 27, 2023, TRC hosted a conversation with ORSP to review ORSP resources, discuss grant opportunities, and ways to network across campus. The presentation slides are available.

News and Updates 

The Marquette University Telehealth Accelerator awardees are as follows:

  • Jessica Zemlak, College of Nursing: Tele-PrEP: Telehealth for Enhanced Access to PrEP Among Marginalized Women
  • Lee Za Ong, Stacee Lerret & Krystyne Mendoza, assistant professors of counselor education and counselor psychology in the College of Education and professor in the College of Nursing/MCW : Learning Non-Verbal in Telehealth (LeNViT): A Pilot Project
  • Karisse Callender, assistant professor of counselor education and psychology in the College of Education: A Novel Pilot Intervention Using Virtual Delivery of Integrative Art-Based Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT-Art) to Improve Mental Health Outcomes in Black Women

Additional Initiative Information 

Telehealth Accelerator Research Grant Application Information

The Marquette University Telehealth Accelerator invites Marquette faculty and staff to submit proposals for up to $20,000 in seed money for innovative projects that explore, make an impact on, and advance telehealth.

The Marquette University Telehealth Accelerator, supported by a multidisciplinary, cross campus  research group and an expert advisory board, is focused on student and professional education, educational development, research and innovation generation, and patient- and professional- centered supports.

The Marquette University Telehealth Accelerator Seed Grant may be used for a wide variety of projects including:  

  • Creating educational tools such as videos, clinical simulations, and virtual reality experiences to enhance learning new skills in digital health care delivery.
  • Collaborate with health care providers to provide best practices of digital health and care delivered at a distance enabled by technology.
  • Building community and industry partnerships.
  • Developing virtual Cura Personalis, where access and equity to healthcare and wellness of both healthcare professionals and patients are enhanced.
  • Other potentially high impact ideas that require seed funds to test concept or build momentum.

Telehealth is defined as digital and/or virtual healthcare.   Innovation can include adaptation of existing strategies to support Marquette in new ways as well as development of brand-new ideas. Projects that are interdisciplinary and which have the potential for community partnership or impact are encouraged.

Faculty research ideas that could normally be supported by other mechanisms, such as the Summer Faculty Fellowship, Regular Research, Explorer Challenge, or Way Klingler Research Awards, will typically not be competitive for funding through the Telehealth Accelerator seed grants. Academic program development may be eligible, but the Provost’s Program Incubator may be a more appropriate source for some of these ideas. Students looking to launch entrepreneurial ventures should also explore the resources of the 707 Hub for other funding and support opportunities.

Proposals should use faculty stipends rather than buy-outs and should not include supplemental undergraduate financial aid.  The grant period is from July 1, 2023, to August 31, 2024..

Please send questions about the fund to


The following are generally expected funding guidelines for the Marquette University Telehealth Accelerator Seed Grants.

  • Explain how your project will explore, make an impact on, and advance telehealth.
  • Explain how your project will develop virtual Cura Personalis, where access and equity to healthcare and wellness of both healthcare professionals and patients are enhanced
  • Describe how your project is innovative. Innovation can include adaptation of existing strategies to advance telehealth as well as development of novel telehealth practices
  • Clearly define the problem or opportunity being addressed
  • Clearly define/describe the strategies or plans for the project. Provide a set of realistic goals that can be achieved within a defined time period.
  • Represent a cross-campus collaborative effort, or an external partner as appropriate to the project.
  • Have the potential to become financially sustainable if the project is expected to continue beyond the funding period.
  • Demonstrate the impact of the project on Marquette and the broader community, as appropriate.


The following categories will be funded and should be reflected in the budget.

  • Summer faculty stipends
  • Student researcher stipends
  • Supplies
  • Research participant incentives

Applicants submit proposals by April 30, 2023, using the proposal and budget forms.


Budget form 

Proposal form 


February 23, 2023:  Telehealth Accelerator Seed Grant Announced

April 30, 2023:  Proposals Due.  Please email proposals to by 11:59 PM.

July 1, 2023: Awards Begin

August 31, 2024:  Award Ends                 

Initiative Plan 

telehealth initiative plan

Submit ideas & join teams

Marquette faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit their telehealth research ideas, projects, skill sets, and interests. Those with a Marquette VPN or network access can then search through our database to find individuals or teams to join forces with.

Submit your research interests, ideas, and skill sets related to telehealth.

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Telehealth Leadership Team:

Lee Za Ong, Ph.D.

Counselor Education & Counseling Psychology 

Stacee Lerret, Ph.D.

College of Nursing 

Calley Hostad

 College of Communication 


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