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Research Groups and Training Centers

The Department's success in research, scholarship, and grant funding is supported through the efforts of student and faculty collaboration in informal research groups (e.g., in early childhood, in autism), and of named centers that faculty members have established or joined.

Center for Applied Behavioral Economics

The Center applies principles of behavioral economics to choice and decision making associated with issues of social importance. Undergraduate and graduate students are involved in projects to promote, for instance, early melanoma detection, the advancement of sustainable environmental practices, and obesity. Affiliated faculty: Professor D. Reed.

Center for Applied Neuroeconomics

The Center leverages conducted research with human and non-human subjects using the principles of behavioral and neuroeconomics to understand a range of aberrant mental and physical health issues. Students are involved in projects oriented around substance abuse, gambling, sexual risk behavior, obesity, and the management of chronic health conditions such as cancer and multiple scleroses.  Affiliated faculty: Professor Dave Jarmolowicz

Edna A. Hill Child Development Center (CDC)

The CDC is home to the Sunnyside Toddler Program, the Educare I and II programs, the Kansas Early Autism Program (KEAP), and the Little Steps ABA Early Intervention Program. They contribute significantly to undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research. Affiliated faculty: Professors Dozier, Neidert, Sheldon, and Sherman.

Juniper Gardens Children's Project (JGCP)

Located in Northeast Kansas City, Kansas, the JGCP seeks to improve the community's developmental and educational experiences for children, and thus, the children's academic and social achievements. In particular, the Project seeks to develop meaningful solutions to what community members, themselves, view as problems. Affiliated faculty: Professor Greenwood; affiliated courtesy faculty: Professors Baggett, Carta, Heitzman-Powell, Kamps, Walker, and Wills.

Performance Management Laboratory

The Laboratory seeks to improve service quality, staff training, and employee performance in organizations. Its research seeks to identify effective and resource efficient practices to promote behavior change of employees, educators, and volunteers. Undergraduate and graduate students receive instruction, service learning opportunities, and supervised research and clinical experiences in order to provide consultation and support to organizations. Affiliated faculty: Professor DiGennaro Reed.

Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL)

The RTC/IL's mission is to further independent living for people with disabilities in their communities by collaborating with consumers on productive research and by using innovative methods to disseminate useful knowledge. It is interested in how consumers can participate more fully in their communities and how to measure their participation. Affiliated faculty: Professor White; affiliated courtesy faculty: Professor Nary.

Work Group for Community Health and Development (KU Work Group)

The Work Group's mission is to promote community health and development through collaborative research, teaching, and public service. Designated as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in 1994, one of its projects, the Community Tool Box, is the world's largest source of tools for promoting community health and development. Affiliated faculty: Professors Francisco and Watson-Thompson; affiliated courtesy faculty: Professors Collie-Akers and Schultz.

ABS Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony

To rsvp for the ABS undergraduate recognition ceremony, please click here.
You MUST fill out this form in order to receive a personalized certificate from the department.

For your name to appear in the program, you must respond by Monday, May 1st at 8:00 a.m.

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13th at 9:00 a.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom.
It is intended for Fall 2016 graduates and candidates for Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 graduation.

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Questions about the Graduate Program?

If you have questions about our graduate program, please contact Dr. Edward Morris, Director of Graduate Studies, at ekm@ku.edu

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