The College of Education and Health Professions has received over $100 million in research funding in the past five years. Our faculty are nationally known for their scholarly work and their research has practical implications for improving the everyday lives of Arkansans and beyond. COEHP has multiple research labs and centers, and faculty study everything from sport concussion to aging well to play therapy treatment options for children.

Research Units

Therapy Lab

Field trip on Buffalo River

The lab produces research and publications related to Adventure Therapy in mental health as well as school settings. It provides workshops, trainings and supervised experiences.

Visit the Adventure Therapy Lab

Office for
Studies on Aging

Exercise class

This unit advocates for policies and practices enhancing quality of life, facilitates communications on the needs of older adults, and promotes gerontology research and education.

Visit the Office for Studies on Aging

Research Laboratory

Professor Michelle Gray working with student at presentation

The lab examines metabolic functions in skeletal muscle in disease conditions and the potential corrective effects of physical activity on skeletal muscle metabolic impairments.

Visit the Cachexia Research Laboratory

Augmentative and Alternative
Communication Lab

Professor working with child

The lab develops and evaluates instructional strategies and technologies for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that include limited speech.

Visit the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Lab

National Lab for the
Study of the College President

Meeting in a U of A conference room

This unit conducts research and provides leadership on the study of the American college president with policy briefings, publications, workshops, grant writing and hosting speakers.

Visit the National Lab for the Study of the College President

Molecular Muscle Mass
Regulation (M3R) Laboratory

Professor Kevin Murach

This laboratory uses molecular biology techniques to study muscle mass regulation in the contexts of exercise adaptation, aging and disease.

Visit the Molecular Muscle Mass Regulation (M3R) Laboratory

Classical Education
Research Lab

Detail of Breenbergh painting 'Landscape with Classical Ruins

The lab exists to conduct original research to empirically evaluate the effectiveness of classical education and to provide resources for classical educators.

Visit the Classical Education Research Lab

Office for
Education Policy

Professor Andrew Camp

The OEP provides current national, state and regional education research to support state lawmakers and educators in thoughtful decision-making in PK-12 education in Arkansas.

Visit the Office for Education Policy

Exercise Science
Research Center

Profesor Greene with student

This multidisciplinary unit in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation serves to initiate and conduct research focusing upon health, exercise and performance.

Visit the Exercise Science Research Center

Office of Play Therapy
Research and Training

Professor Kristi Perryman

The office as a designated provider for the Association for Play Therapy provides workshops for students and mental health professionals seeking certification.

Visit the Office of Play Therapy Research and Training

Center for
Public Health and Technology

Professors Buttram, Dobbs and Russell

The center advances interdisciplinary research in public health research and communication, health literacy, and emerging media and digital technologies in the U.S. and around the globe.

Visit the Center for Public Health and Technology

Office for
Sport Concussion Research

Professor R.J. Elbin working with student

The unit works to improve — through education, research and outreach — the standard of care for athletes with sport-related concussion. Its research includes data from area players.

Visit the Office for Sport Concussion Research

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