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Every academic area of the College of Education and Health Professions has centers, offices and laboratories dedicated to research.

Awards by college at the U of A chartAdventure Therapy Lab

The Adventure Therapy Lab at the University of Arkansas joins faculty and students to conduct research and provide service. The ATL produces research and publications in mental health as well as school settings. It provides workshops, training and supervised experiences to promote Adventure Therapy and prepare mental health professionals to work with at-risk populations at various developmental levels. It supports the vision and goals of the Counselor Education degree program, the College of Education and Health Professions and the University of Arkansas. 

Exercise Science Research Center

The Exercise Science Research Center, formerly the Human Performance Laboratory, located in HPER 321, is a student-centered facility with a unique dual purpose that includes research and educational components. The mission of the center is to serve as a multidisciplinary unit for the initiation and conducting of research focusing upon health, exercise, and performance. It provides educational outreach programs for targeted groups with an emphasis on collaborative and cooperative programs with agencies in the state and region as well as offering additional educational experiences for our undergraduate and graduate students in exercise science. The center's goal is to emphasize collaborative and cooperative approaches to research and programming.

National Lab for the Study of the College President

This research unit has been created to conduct research and provide leadership on the study of the American college president. Through policy briefings, publications, workshops, grant writing, and hosting speakers, the National Lab for the Study of the College President provides national direction for research on college leaders. NLSCP sponsors the Journal of the College President as well as collaborates with a number of colleges and universities around the country to advance the understanding of the complex role of the college presidency.

The NLSCP is directed by former University of Arkansas Chancellor and current Professor of Higher Education, Dr. G. David Gearhart.

Office of Education Policy

Opened in the fall of 2003, the Office for Education Policy (OEP) is one of several research centers within the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas; our staff includes faculty members, research associates and graduate students who specialize in education research and policy. The office serves as a resource to state lawmakers, educators, administrators, and other leaders, providing them with current national, state, and regional research in education to support them in thoughtful decision-making concerning K-12 education in the State of Arkansas. OEP strives to look at pressing issues through the lens of academic research. We seek to help Arkansas’ education leaders and lawmakers bridge the gap between research and practice by providing them with newsletters, policy briefs, web-based resources, and consultation about current education policy issues. Our print and electronic materials and consultation are available to any interested citizen.

Office for Sport Concussion Research

The University of Arkansas Office for Sport Concussion Research was established in 2014 with the mission of improving, through education, research, and outreach initiatives, the standard of care for athletes with sport-related concussion. Under the direction of Dr. R.J. Elbin, assistant professor in the Exercise Science program, the Office for Sport Concussion Research is establishing strategic partnerships with local/regional youth sports organizations, high schools, and other academic and medical institutions across the state of Arkansas as well as throughout the country.

Office for Studies on Aging

In response to the “graying of America,” the College of Education and Health Professions, in collaboration with the Graduate School, established the Office for Studies on Aging (OSA) in the fall of 1999. The mission of OSA is to provide advocacy for policies and practices enhancing quality of life across the life span, facilitate better community interface between university and community in addressing the needs of older adults, promote interdisciplinary research, support interdisciplinary education in gerontology on the University of Arkansas campus and create outreach opportunities for service to an aging population.

Office of Play Therapy Research and Training

The Office of Play Therapy Research and Training offers graduate level coursework to students enrolled in the Counselor Education degree program, enabling them to become registered play therapists or registered play therapist supervisors. Students have opportunities to conduct research in the play therapy field to support effectiveness as well as gauge treatment options (source).

Sexuality Education and Consent Studies

The Sexuality Education & Consent Studies (SECS) Lab is a student-centered, research team focused on conducting cutting-edge research in sexual health. It is part of the Public Health degree program. The lab consist of undergraduate and graduate students working collaboratively on projects. Undergraduates are mentored by master's and doctoral students in the research process and how to design a project. The research team strives to conduct progressive, applied sexual health research consistent with the sexual health objectives established by leading public health entities. Some areas of research that occur in the SECS Lab are consent/sexual communication, sexual satisfaction, sexual assault, LGBTQIA sexual experiences and abortion attitudes.

Awards by academic area and certain research units