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Research & Initiatives

We are a dedicated group of scholars and educators who care about improving our world and our community through both research and service — right here, right now.


The 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.

Community Outreach

We aim to give back by connecting our students and faculty directly to the communities that can benefit from their knowledge and service. Here, you will find examples of several of the programs we offer to parents, families, individuals and children in Charlottesville and beyond.

By the Numbers

Services at the Sheila C. Johnson Center

We are a multidisciplinary clinic that provides personalized assessment and intervention services in seven different areas.

Grant Award Funding

Last year, our faculty were awarded $50.6M in sponsored research, including $19.3M in contracts with the VA Department of Education.

Centers and Labs

Our research is being conducted across 30 research centers and labs.

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Research Centers

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

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Research Labs

Faculty, researchers and students come together to tackle some of society's greatest challenges through our research labs and projects. Read about our latest research in areas such as exercise physiology, engineering design, literacy, youth violence prevention and more.

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Community Outreach

Through efforts like our integrated clinic, leadership development programs, tutoring programs and summer programs to support students, we are committed to developing partnerships and connecting our scholarship to real-world practice.

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