Every academic area of the College of Education and Health Professions has centers, offices and laboratories dedicated to research.
Adventure Therapy Lab
The Adventure Therapy Lab produces research and publications in mental health as well as school settings by providing workshops, training and supervised experiences to promote Adventure Therapy and prepare mental health professionals to work with at-risk populations at various developmental levels.
Exercise Science Research Center
The Exercise Science Research Center is a student-centered facility with a unique dual purpose of research and education. The center’s mission is to serve as a multidisciplinary unit for research on health, exercise, and performance through educational outreach programs.
National Lab for the Study of the College President
By conducting research and providing 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 college leaders. NLSCP sponsors the Journal of the College President and collaborates with colleges and universities around the country to advance the understanding of the complex role of the college presidency. The NLSCP is directed by Professor of Higher Education and Chancellor Emeritus G. David Gearhart.
Office for Education Policy
Established in fall 2003, the Office for Education Policy looks at pressing issues through the lens of academic research. It seeks 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 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 The office advances strategic partnerships with local/regional youth sports organizations, high schools, and other academic and medical institutions across Arkansas as well as throughout the country.
Office for Studies on Aging
In response to the "graying of America" and established in the fall of 1999, the Office for Studies on Aging provides advocacy for enhancing quality of life across the life span, facilitates better community interface between the university and community in addressing the needs of older adults, promotes interdisciplinary research, supports interdisciplinary education in gerontology on campus, and creates 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 (Association for Play Therapy).