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The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR)

Established in 2016, The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) is an academic research center within the Shields School of Business at Saint Francis University. The Center's mission is to provide information to citizens, policy makers, and other researchers about the extent, scope, and effects of occupational regulation. Located on the 3rd floor of the newly renovated Schwab Hall, the center offers students who are interested in economics and public policy a substantial scholarship opportunity.

    • CSOR Personnel
    • Research Affiliates
    • Graduate Assistants
    • Graduate Research Fellows
    • Undergraduate Research Fellows
    • Online Fellowship Application
    CSOR Personnel
    Edward Timmons


      Dr. Edward Timmons

            Position: Director of CSOR 
            Department: Business Administration
            Office: Schwab Hall 314
            Email Dr. Edward Timmons  

    Emily Vargo 

           Emily Vargo

             Position: Director of Public Policy Research and Academic Programs
            Office: Schwab Hall 316                  
             Email: Emily Vargo                 

    Alanna Wilson

          Alanna Wilson 

              Position: Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Relations
              Office: Schwab Hall 315  
              Email: Alanna Wilson 
              814.472. 2863

     Conor N


          Conor Norris

              Position: Research Analyst 
              Office: Schwab Hall 211
              Email: Conor Norris
             814.472. 1103



           Ethan Bayne

              Position: Legislative Research Analyst
              Office: SBDC 205
              Email: Ethan Bayne


    Research Affiliates

    Meet Our Research Affiliates

    Brian Meehan

    Dr. Brian Meehan

    Dr. Brian Meehan is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Berry College. Brian earned his PhD in economics from Florida State University. He earned his MA in economics from Central Michigan University and his BS in economics from Northern Michigan University. His research interests include law and economics, occupational licensing, and public choice. He has published in academic journals including: Public ChoiceThe International Review of Law and Economics, and Applied Economics. Much of his work focuses on the impact of occupational licensing on labor markets and crime. He has also published policy reports on occupational licensing for the Archbridge Institute and an op-ed appearing in The Hill.

    Learn more about Dr. Meehan here.

     Darwyyn Deyo

    Dr. Darwyyn Deyo

    Darwyyn Deyo is an Assistant Professor of Economics at San Jose State University who teaches law and economics and labor economics. She is also an Affiliate Research Fellow with the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute. She has researched the impact of occupational licensing on service quality, the labor supply of criminals, and topics in health economics such as the impact of tort reform and the Affordable Care Act on health care utilization. She has published in such journals as the Journal of Private Enterprise, the Journal of Economics and Finance Education, the American Journal of Managed Care, and the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

    She earned a Doctorate in Economics and a Masters in Economics from George Mason University. She is also an alumni of Saint Mary’s College of California where she earned a dual Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in International Area Studies. She previously worked as a Research Fellow with the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute and was an affiliate scholar with the Center for Micro-Economic Policy Research at George Mason University. Before beginning her doctorate, she worked as a journalist covering political news out of Pennsylvania. She is also co-founder of the Finance and Economics Women’s Network, which supports undergraduate students in those disciplines.

    Learn more about Dr. Deyo here.

    Graduate Assistants

    Meet Our Graduate Assistants 


    Alexis Schumacher

    Graduate Degree Program: Masters in Human Resource Management (MHRM)

    Alexis is from Altoona, Pennsylvania. She is a recent graduate of Penn State University where she obtained her Bachelor degree in Communications. Alexis was highly involved on campus. She served as a Vice President within her sorority, the Director of Altoona Benefiting THON, the Student Director of the Orientation Leader Program, and she was awarded the Walker Award from the Penn State Altoona campus. Outside of being a student, Alexis enjoys the outdoors and participating in physical activities to stay in shape.



    Randall Frye

    Graduate Degree Program: Masters in Human Resource Management (MHRM)

    Randall is from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He recently graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Francis University, in Business Management and Public Administration. During his undergraduate studies, he served as the Student Government Association Executive-Vice President and as Senior Class President. He received the “2018 Mr. Frankie Award” as voted upon by members of the Senior Class, University faculty and Administration. In his free time, he enjoys reading, politics, history and traveling.

    **If you are interested in becoming a Graduate Assistant for The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) contact Assistant Director of CSOR Emily Vargo.**


    Graduate Research Fellows

    Meet Our Research Fellows


    C:\Users\WORKST~1\AppData\Local\Temp\XPgrpwise\JieChen_photo.jpg Jie Chen

    Ph.D Student - Economics

    Jie is a PhD candidate in Economics at Lehigh University. She holds MS in Economics from Lehigh University and BA in history and economics from Peking University, Beijing, China. Jie’s general research area is labor economics, health economics and applied econometrics. Her research interest is in occupational licensing in health care professionals. Her current research is an empirical study into dental hygienist scope of practice and autonomy. She has recently presented the study in Labor and Employment Relations Association, and will also be presenting in Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in September 2018.

    Ilya's PhotoIlya Kukaev

    Ph.D Student - Economics

    Ilya Kukaev is a PhD student in Economics at Lehigh University. He was a Fulbright scholar from Russia. Ilya's research areas are Macroeconomics and Labor Economics. He's interested in effects of occupational licensing on labor markets and macroeconomic outcomes. In particular, his research covers how occupational licensing affects unemployment duration, inter-generational mobility, and labor mobility. The occupational regulation system in Russia is another topic of his research. In his free time he enjoys ice-skating, jogging, and going to the cinema.  

    Undergraduate Research Fellows
     Lead Fellow

    Alexis (Lexie) DeLullo Alexis (Lexie) DeLullo - Senior

    Majors: Accounting and Finance

     Minor: Entrepreneurship

    Alexis is from Saint Marys, Pennsylvania. She came to Saint Francis because she loved the community- minded atmosphere of the campus. Besides being a research fellow for the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation, she is also an active member of the Enactus team here on campus. Outside of her academic studies, she assists with the safety aspects and the human resource department at her father’s business. After she graduates, Alexis plans to move back home where her family is and apply the knowledge and skills she learned here at Saint Francis to the family business.



    Emily P Emily Pollack - Senior

    Majors: Accounting and Finance 

    Emily is from North East, Pennsylvania. She came to Saint Francis for the atmosphere of the campus and it offered everything she wanted academically. Emily is a research fellow at the Knee Center for the Study of Occupation Regulation, along with being a member of Enactus here at Saint Francis. After graduation, Emily plans on getting her CPA license and pursuing a career in forensic accounting.


     Alison AnnaAlison Anna - Senior

    Major: Accounting and Management Information Systems

    Alison is from Hastings, Pennsylvania. She is involved with Enactus and CSOR on campus. After graduation, she plans to become a Fraudulent Examiner, and possibly become a Forensic Accountant for the government. 


     Emelia Updated Emelia Cronshaw - Junior

    Major: Physician Assistant

    Minor: Fine Arts - Visual Arts

    Emelia is from Strafford, New Hampshire. Besides being involved with CSOR, Emelia is currently on the SFU's womens swim team. She chose to attend Saint Francis for their academic opportunities, small-town campus and the swim team. 

    Ryan Alu Ryan Alu - Junior

    Majors: Software Engineering, Cyber Security, and Math

    Ryan graduated from Central Bucks High West. He currently serves as the class of 2021 Vice President and plays on the SFU Division I Men's Volleyball Team. Ryan is a member of the Honors Program, CSOR, Enactus, Troubadour (School Paper) and the Gaming Club. You may find Ryan in disguise at times as the school’s mascot Frankie the Friar.



    Randee Mcgee Randee McGee - Junior

    Majors: Accounting and Economics

    Minor: Political Science

    Randee is from Leechburg, Pennsylvania. He came to Saint Francis because he loves the atmosphere and the faculty. Besides being a research fellow for CSOR, Randee is a member of both the Red Flash marching band and the pep band, a member of the Ethics Bowl team, and a sitting member on the Executive Board of SGA. Upon graduation, Randee hopes to either start a career in politics or work in the corporate world. 


    Nicholas Mauro Nicholas Mauro - Junior

    Majors: Marketing and Management with a Concentration in Healthcare Management

    Nick is from East Freedom, Pennsylvania. He involved at SFU includes Student Government Association, National Society for Leadership and Success, Orientation Counselor and Enactus. Nick chose to attend Saint Francis because of the great opportunities for advancements, as a person and academically. "The small class sizes make me feel at home, and the direct connection to my professors can't be matched anywhere else." 


     Kristen Hile - Sophomore

    Majors: Finance and Economics

    Kristen is from State College, Pennsylvania. She chose to attend Saint Francis University for the outstanding reputation of the Shields School of Business. Along with being a research fellow for CSOR, Kristen is a member of both the Red Flash marching and pep bands and has been playing the trumpet for over ten years. After graduation, Kristen plans to pursue a career in corporate finance.


    Taylor Ponchione - Sophomore

    Majors: Finance and Accounting

    Taylor is a graduate of United High School in Dilltown, Pa. He came to Saint Francis because he loves the atmosphere of the campus community. Taylor plans to be involved with student government and community service groups on campus. After graduation, Taylor hopes to gain experience while working overseas. 


     Morgan FlackMorgan Flack - Sophomore

    Majors: Marketing and Communications

    Morgan is a freshman from Ellicott City, Maryland. She is double majoring in Marketing and Communications. In addition to being apart of CSOR, her involvement includes Enactus, Enactus's presentation team, and various projects within the club. A fun fact about Morgan is that in high school she was nationally ranked 3 seasons in a row within her relay team!


    MorganG  Morgan George - Freshman

    Major: Accounting

    Morgan is from Brush Valley, Pennsylvania. Her major is Accounting. While pursuing her degree, she hopes to learn all she can about the business world. Morgan chose Saint Francis University because of the beautiful campus environment and how dedicated the professors are to the success of their students. After graduation, she hopes to get a Certified Public Accounting license and work in forensic accounting.  


    Nicole DavisNicole Davis - Freshman
    Major: Accounting

    Nicole is a graduate of Conrad Weiser High School located in Robesonia, PA. She chose to attend Saint Francis University because she loves the campus atmosphere and the small class sizes. Nicole is a member of the Red Flash marching band and pep band, and she also hopes to get involved in Enactus while on campus. 

    Online Fellowship Application

    CSOR offers students who are interested in economics and public policy a substantial scholarship opportunity. Student fellows will conduct, analyze, and present research that will go towards developing a national database of occupational regulation focusing on healthcare occupations. Students will also have potential opportunities to travel and share their findings at national conferences.

    Apply for a CSOR Fellowship 

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      CSOR Receives VALLO Grant to Help Veterans Earn Degrees

      The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation has received a 3-year, 1 million dollar grant under the Veteran's Accelerated Learning for Licensed Occupations (VALLO). The grant will allow Saint Francis University to launch the Veterans Acceleration Learning Program (VALP). The VALLO grant, and the previously awarded 3-year DOL project, will allow CSOR to better examine and spread research of military portability, skill set transferring, and the demographic data of PA licenses. 

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