University Partners

Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning (CRADL)
CRADL is an interdisciplinary center founded in 1998 that stimulates basic and applied research and facilitates educational and outreach efforts related to atypical development and learning. CRADL consists of faculty members who represent a broad span of academic orientations including developmental, clinical and educational psychology, neuropsychology, special education, and speech-language pathology. CRADL and its faculty coordinate and support scholarly efforts that focus on gaining a fuller understanding of atypical development and learning processes from birth through adolescence. Each semester CRADL hosts informal talks during the lunch hour in which faculty, students, and the general public can listen to presentations on a range of research projects and community resources.

Partnership for Urban Health Research (PUHR)
PUHR seeks to understand how the urban environment affects the health and well-being of people who reside and work in the metropolitan Atlanta area. We focus our efforts on populations that bear a disproportionate burden of illness and disease using an interdisciplinary approach to research. In partnership with surrounding communities, we will create and disseminate knowledge that is both meaningful and beneficial to the communities that participate in the process.

Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC)
The GHPC of the GSU Andrew Young School of Policy Studies provides qualitative and quantitative research findings to decision makers at the state and national level.  GHPC staff examine current issues in the health field such as child health and well being, community and public health, community health system development, long term care, public and private insurance coverage, as well as other areas of research. The mission of the GHPC is to improve health status at the community level through the devotion to values including; adherence to commitments, continuous learning, effective communication, genuine personal relationships, innovation, integrity and service.

Health Law Partnership (HeLP)
HeLP is an interagency – with representatives from the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and GSU College of Law – and interdisciplinary group – with lawyers, physicians, nurses, psychologists, and others.  HeLP has the overarching goal of improving the health and wellbeing of low income children in Georgia.  They seek to accomplish this through educating healthcare providers and low income families, advocating for legislation to improve access to healthcare, and demonstrating the importance of interdisciplinary team efforts for other communities.

Other University Centers

Emory Center for Injury Control (CIC)
CIC is an interdisciplinary and collaborative research center with participation by faculty from Emory, GSU, University of Georgia, and Georgia Tech as well as public agencies, private organizations, and community stakeholders affected by injury and violence. The Center’s core and affiliate faculty are widely recognized for work on a variety of topics, including prevention of intimate partner violence, evaluation of programs to prevent child abuse and youth violence, and reduction of motor vehicle injuries by reducing impaired driving and promoting use of protective helmets and safety belts. They are actively engaged in international efforts to promote cost-effective injury surveillance systems and sustainable prehospital trauma care systems worldwide. CIC was designated an official “Collaborating Center” for injury control, violence prevention, and emergency health services by the Pan American and World Health Organizations in 1995.

Atlanta Autism Consortium (AAC)
AAC is an informal group of Atlanta-based researchers created to promote collaboration and information sharing regarding research related to autism in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Researchers represent a variety of organizations and agencies including Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Emory University, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Marcus Autism Center, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The AAC meets approximately once a month and locations rotate among the various members’ locations. At the meetings, representative from the hosting agency provide overviews of research projects in progress and solicit feedback, input, and networking suggestions. The group has been very active to date in providing guidance for the strategic plan being developed for the new Marcus Autism Center.

Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA)
CATEA is a multidisciplinary engineering and design research center dedicated to enhancing the health, activity and participation of people with functional limitations through the application of assistive and universally designed technologies in real world environments, products and devices.