Centers and Initiatives

Our award-winning faculty members and students are actively engaged in several, cutting-edge research centers, labs, and initiatives. These provide exciting opportunities for growth in learning, side-by-side research with faculty members, and hands-on opportunities to enrich the lives of children, youth, and families.

 

Center for Child and Family Success (CCFS)

Center for Child and Family Success (CCFS)

The CCFS 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.

Initiatives and Labs

Hope Center

The Center for the Advanced Study and Practice of Hope

The Center for the Advanced Study and Practice of Hope (The Hope Center) was founded in partnership with Kids at Hope (KAH) to support research, instruction, and clinical practice between the Hope Center and a wide-sector of community-based organizations.

DISI

Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative (DISI)

The Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative (DISI) is a signature initiative of the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. The DISI is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of all children, youth, families and their communities in a diverse world.

 

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ECLiPSE

The ECLiPSE lab conducts high-quality research studies that provide insight into child, social, and cultural factors that shape children's and adolescents' social, school, and psychological adjustment in diverse populations and to prepare undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars from diverse backgrounds and perspectives for success in social science research careers.

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I2PM

Officially known as Integrated Technology Tools for Optimizing Instruction and Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities, I2PM is developing technology tools and professional development (PD) resources necessary to integrate data on instruction and assessment from easyCBM, a widely used evidence-based CBM platform, and MyiLOGS, an online teacher daily log for documenting instructional actions.

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Kindness in Development (KID) Project

This research project was created to understand children's sympathy toward people who are similar and different than themselves. This helps us understand how children behave kindly towards others.

LRE

The Latino Resilience Enterprise (LRE)

The LRE is home to 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.

PEAC

Positive Environments for Adolescents and Children (PEAC)

The PEAC lab focuses on the role of contextual influences in children and adolescents development, both in terms of their wellbeing and psychopathology. We consider the multi-level interplay between family, school, and neighborhood environments. Specific areas of strength include the role of genetics as well as the design of preventive interventions.

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Link Enterprise: Bringing People Together in a Diverse World

The Link Enterprise is designed to break down the social barriers that interfere with effective relationships and to build positive relationships within schools, families, and community organizations, with the goal of fostering success for all.

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PEERS Project

This project is a research study designed to understand how school success is impacted by students' peers, everyday emotions, and relationships at school.