Research Centers & Labs

Our research centers are robust communities of scholarship where partnerships are welcomed, discoveries are made, ideas are tested and new knowledge is unleashed.

The UVA School of Education and Human Development boasts a remarkable portfolio of work – scholarship that is alive and relevant to the everyday work of professionals in education and human development. Our research drives inquiry, discovery and impact.

Here, students join eminent research faculty, tackling some of our society’s toughest challenges in partnership with practitioners and clinicians in the field. Together, we create new knowledge that is making an impact in our communities here in Virginia and around the world.

"We have experts focusing on the whole developing human, expertise that is unmatched elsewhere."

–Dean Stephanie Rowley


Research Labs

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Our Labs

Among our more than twenty labs, researchers and students are tackling challenging questions about topics ranging from exercise as medicine, the science of reading, mindfulness, youth violence prevention, and more.

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Research Centers

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Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning

Founded in 2006, CASTL is an interdisciplinary research center that aims to advance the quality of teaching and learning, from infancy to higher education. Our research initiatives span the globe and our faculty are leading the way to promote meaningful changes in education.

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The Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness is a joint collaboration between the School and the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy.

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The UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development aims to expand and apply the science of Positive Youth Development to enhance the strengths of youth and to prevent developmental risk.

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Center for Race and Public Education in the South

The Center for Race and Public Education in the South (CRPES) conducts and supports research and scholarship on a variety of issues that lie at the intersection of race, education, and schooling in the southern United States.

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Supporting Transformative Autism Research

The STAR initiative, led by the School of Education and Human Development and in partnership with colleagues across the University, aims to improve the lives of individuals with autism through groundbreaking research and innovative models for intervention and training.

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