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.

Center for School Safety, School Climate and Classroom Management
The Center for School Safety, School Climate and Classroom Management is an interdisciplinary research center that promotes basic and applied research and facilitates educational and outreach efforts. The Center consists of faculty members representing a broad span of academic orientations including education, psychology, law, social work, criminal justice, nursing, and policy development.

Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma, and Resilience
The purpose of the Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma, and Resilience at Georgia State University is to facilitate multidisciplinary approaches to produce compelling models for understanding and coping with stress that can be applied to the real-world settings.

Disability Services
Disability Services provides resources for students with permanent disabilities. Disability Service’s vision is to create an accessible community where people are assessed on their ability, not their disability. Disability Services strives to provide individuals with the tools by which they can accomplish their educational and career goals. The number one priority is providing equal access to students with disabilities.

Disability Services collaborates with administrators, faculty and staff to ensure that reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities are provided. Disability Services offers the appropriate auxiliary aids and services to assist otherwise qualified persons in achieving access to its programs, services and facilities.

Georgia Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health
The Georgia Health Policy Center, established in 1995, provides evidence-based research, program development, and policy guidance to improve health status at the community level.

The center conducts, analyzes, and disseminates qualitative and quantitative findings to connect decision makers with the objective research and guidance needed to make informed decisions about health policy and programs.

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.

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.

Other University Centers

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.

Carl Vincent Institute of Government
We promote excellence in government through education, assistance, research, and policy analysis to help public officials serve citizens in Georgia and around the world.

Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI)
CIDI is recognized as a leader for services and research in accessibility. We are dedicated to an inclusive society through innovations in assistive and universally designed technologies, with a goal of addressing the full range of needs for accessibility. We are committed to the promotion of technological innovation and development of user-centered research, products, and services for individuals with disabilities.

Centers of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice
Emory is one of thirteen Centers of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration. The Center of Excellence (CoE) is housed within the Women’s and Children’s Center, and is a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Collaborative with Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) MCH Certificate (MCHC) Program; Morehouse School of Medicine’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI); Georgia State University’s Center for Leadership in Disabilities GaLEND Program (GaLEND). Its mission is to support Maternal and Child Health education, science and practice,

Emory Autism Center
The Emory Autism Center (EAC) is part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine and the Emory Brain Health Center.

The program opened in 1991 as a public, private and University collaboration. Our aim has always focused on producing and using knowledge, strategies and tools to improve the quality of life for each person served, while increasing the capacity for support within local communities across Georgia. We also provide instructive guidance to family members, training to educators and professionals interested in learning how to better support children and adults with ASD and engaging learning experiences to those in the community who wish to simply create an inclusive society where one’s strengths are valued.

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.

Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD)
Through UGA’s College of Family & Consumer Sciences, IHDD applies the vast resources, research, and scholarship of the university on behalf of people with disabilities. Future leaders in all disciplines can be certified in disability issues through IHDD. Nationally-known faculty and staff support local, regional, state, national and international efforts.

Marcus Autism Center
Marcus Autism Center is a not-for-profit organization and subsidiary of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta that treats more than 5,500 children with autism and related disorders a year.

As one of the largest autism centers in the U.S. and one of only five National Institutes of Health (NIH) Autism Centers of Excellence, Marcus Autism Center offers families access to the latest research, comprehensive evaluations and intensive behavior treatments. With the help of research grants, community support and government funding, Marcus Autism Center aims to maximize the potential of children with autism today and transform the nature of autism for future generations.

National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC)
The mission of the NCCC is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity.

Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI)
The mission of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute is to develop a diverse group of exceptional health leaders, advance and support comprehensive health system strategies, and actively promote policies and practices that will reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities in health.

Think College
Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.

Tools for Life
Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Act Program, is dedicated to increasing access to and acquisition of assistive technology (AT) devices and services for Georgians of all ages and disabilities so they can live, learn, work and play independently and with greater freedom in communities of their choice.