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T. Denny Sanford School of Social & Family Dynamics has hosted over $14.5 million in major federal and foundation grants over the past 5 years.


We are home to 32 tenured/tenure track faculty, 18 lecturers, 4 research faculty, 4 clinical professors, 3 professors of practice,
7 postdoctoral scholars, and 19 staff.

Initiatives and Collaborations

Global Sport
The Global Sport Institute is where diverse disciplines come together to thoughtfully examine critical issues impacting sport. We are unique among sports research institutes around the globe, as our efforts are supported and integrated across the entire university — from engineering to sociology, to the athletic department and beyond — rather than within a single discipline.
LRE
The LRE includes a series of initiatives focused on using basic research to identify factors and develop programs that promote positive outcomes among Latino youth and their families. All initiatives in the LRE have a fundamental goal of conducting high quality research that results in advancing our understanding of how to improve the lives of Latino youth and their families.
SIRC was established as a Research Consortium in 2002 by an award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of this program is to support specialized research centers to conduct multidisciplinary research, research training, and community engagement activities focused on improving minority health or reducing health disparities.
The Children's Equity Project (research, translation, policy, practice) is in partnership with universities across the country including Yale University, Bank Street College of Education, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, University of Miami, University of Oregon, University of Chicago, and The Center for Racial Equity and Excellence.
The Measurement and Statistical Analysis (MASA) Group is a vibrant group of faculty and students with strong interests and expertise in developing and applying advanced quantitative methods. Doctoral students in the Sanford School can elect to complete a MASA training specialization that includes in-depth study of statistical and measurement methodologies offering great utility for research in human development, sociology, family and relationship studies, and education, among other areas. Faculty in the MASA group also offer brownbag discussions and workshops in addition to over 15 courses in quantitative methods.
Globalization, social and cultural dislocation, and resulting social inequality can adversely affect the wellbeing of children and families around the world. Institutions of higher education such as ASU are generating scientific knowledge and evidence-based solutions that can mitigate and eventually address the root causes of unfolding social and health crises. Through transnational research partnerships, GCAHR serves as a bridge between ASU and universities and communities in other countries to increase their capacity to apply science-based solutions to pressing health and social problems.
DISI
The DISI is focused on creating opportunities for underrepresented students and scholars to enter the science pipeline and impact and improve the lives of children, youth and families.
The Sanford Program for the Advancement of Compassion and Empathy is designed to enhance the capacity for empathy and compassion as a core of human functioning and flourishing. College-level classes accomplish these goals in adult students at both the undergraduate and graduate/professional school levels.
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The Sanford Program for Reducing Bullying and Victimization at Schools is a training program that help both pre-service and in-service teachers, as well as other school staff (e.g., counselors, principals, etc.), better understand and address bullying and victimization at school.
The mission of the ASU REACH Institute, which is within the Department of Psychology, is to bridge the gap between university-based research and practice to promote children’s mental and physical health and academic achievement. Scientists at the institute are leaders in developing and evaluating child and family interventions for culturally diverse and international communities.
The Better Together Challenge was developed by the Center for Child and Family Success (CCFS) at Arizona State University (ASU) to work in partnership with Maricopa County public schools to support students' success by challenging and supporting students to develop programs within their school that address inclusion and safety.
Center for Child and Family Success (CCFS)
The Center for Child and Family Success is an interdisciplinary research center focused on producing pioneering research on the structures and processes that impact daily life for children and families in a rapidly evolving world. We seek to forge alliances among scholars across the social, behavioral, and health sciences who are dedicated to furthering knowledge about human and family dynamics and to join them with community partners and policy makers so the knowledge derived will be highly relevant to daily life and directly applicable to professional practice and social policy.
Hope Center
The Hope Center's goal is to support research, instruction, and clinical practice on the study of hope. Our mission is to integrate research and practice, work with practitioners, conduct empirical research, and review available evidence and measurements to build knowledge around determinants of hope, hope-fostering strategies, and evidence-based interventions that increase hope for children, youth, adults, and communities. As part of this effort, we also translate hope research for broad audiences including practitioners, scholars, policymakers, youth, and families.
The CDL provides supervised training opportunities for child development students pursuing careers serving children and families.
The Connect Center is dedicated to providing entrepreneurial information related to projects, services, and materials that focus on promoting the well-being of children, youth, and families.