2CI Research Group

The Second Century Initiative (2CI) is in its fourth year. The 2CI is expected to add at least 100 faculty between 2010-2015. Its primary goal is to build nationally and/or internationally recognized strength and critical mass around common research themes to enhance Georgia State University’s overall quality, interdisciplinary richness, and competitiveness. It is designed to build upon the University’s strategic plan, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration. An expected outcome is the acceleration of collaborative faculty research to support the expansion of new knowledge, scholarship and research activities. The initiative is also intended to increase our level of competitive, federally funded research and to elevate GSU’s overall recognition for excellence in research.


The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) in concert with the Department of Psychology, the Institute of Public Health (IPH), and the Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning (CRADL) is proposing a cluster hire of three faculty to work in the area of disability and health.  We anticipate that two of these new faculty will have primary appointments in public health and one in psychology.  Specific expertise being sought includes 1) early childhood development with a focus on autism and the long-term effects of early intervention, 2) family and disability to examine factors related to resilience and support, and 3) transition to adulthood and factors that contribute to health and wellness.  All three positions will strengthen the breadth and depth of our current interdisciplinary research in bringing evidence-based practices to scale and reducing disparities experienced by people with disabilities in service access and outcomes.  Ultimately, the cluster will support our efforts to establish GSU as a national leader in public health and disability.  This line of work has tremendous social significance – disability is as predictive of poor health outcomes as poverty and ethnic minority status; approximately 20% of Americans have some form of disability; prevalence of autism is estimated at nearly 1% of the population; early intervention is critically important for children with autism; families provide the equivalent of billions of dollars in support to their members with disabilities; and prevention of secondary health conditions has become a major emphasis in the field of disability and health.  These are all areas which require thoughtful empirical study to shape federal and state policy and practice.