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Research Centers & Laboratories

The College of Public Health strives to develop new strategies and interventions that will have direct and rapid impact on the health and welfare of its local and global communities. Our research is multidisciplinary and spans both discovery and translation: from modifying the functional abilities of an individual to examining and enhancing the capability of individuals to lead healthy lives within their family and societal environments.

CPH Centers

Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE)Founded March 1, 2006, the Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) is a university-wide group of investigators dedicated to excellence in obesity research. Its mission is to facilitate interdisciplinary research on the etiology, consequences, treatment and prevention of obesity. A particular focus of the Center is a greater understanding of the causes, treatment and prevention of obesity among minorities of lower socioeconomic status, with whom obesity is more prevalent.

Center for Social Policy and Community Development (CSPCD).  For over forty years, Temple University's Center for Social Policy and Community Development (CSPCD) has been committed to actively addressing social injustice and building neighborhood capacity.  We are dedicated to strengthening the community by encouraging the creative exchange of ideas and resources with residents, local grass-roots and human service organizations and Temple University.

Other Research throughout the College

Athletic Training Laboratory (Jamie Mansell, Director). Injury prevention, care, and rehabilitation in a physically active population.

Cardiovascular Genomics (Joon Park, Director). Elucidation of molecular genetic mechanisms underlying cardiovascular adaptation to physiological stimulations by conducting translational research and provide preventive and therapeutic strategies.

Control of Balance and Locomotion (CoBaL) Laboratory. We investigate the how sensory information from the visual, vestibular and proprioceptive sensory systems are used to maintain upright balance during locomotion in order to develop new techniques and assistive technology for populations with compromised balance control such as concussed athletes and older adults.

Dean’s Research Group (Laura A. Siminoff, Director) Funded by the NIH and other government agencies, research focuses on medical communication and decision-making with projects in organ and tissue donation, cancer communication, and the development of decision support aids.

Health Behavior and Research Clinic (Brad Collins, Director). For treatment and prevention of behavioral health problems that contribute to physical and mental illness. Improving effectiveness and facilitating access to treatment among underservedand vulnerable groups with unique health risks.

Laboratory for Aphasia Research and Treatment (Nadine Martin, Director) Investigations of the relationships among language, short-term memory, and learning changes that typically result from stroke and progressive neurological disorders.

Maternal and Child Wellness Laboratory. Promote the health and well-being of urban women and their children with a focus on the relationship between maternal health and wellness and infant/early childhood health and well-being in vulnerable populations.

Motion Analysis and Perception (MAP) Laboratory (W. Geoffrey Wright, Director) Research focuses on sensorimotor and perceptual influences on human movement control, which include: neuromuscular processes, postural control, and CNS disease models.

Motor Performance and Assessment Laboratory (Richard Lauer and Carole Tucker, Directors) Development of novel assessments and interventions that address the neuromuscular basis of balance and movement, with a focus on the pediatric population.

National Program Office for Public Health Law Research (Jennifer Ibrahim, Assoc. Director) A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation® program and national initiative to promote effective regulatory, legal and policy solutions to improve public health. Dedicated to building the evidence base for laws that improve public health. We work by funding research, improving research methods, and making evidence accessible to policy-makers, the media, and the public.

Risk Communication Laboratory (Sarah Bauerle Bass, Director) Advance public health through the design and testing of effective health communication messages and public health campaigns.

Social and Behavioral Health Interventions Laboratory (Steve Lepore, Director) Studies how people adjust to traumatic or chronic stressors in their lives, including cancer diagnosis and treatments, bereavement, and exposure to community violence in order to reduce social disparities in health.

Speech, Language and Brain (SLAB) LaboratoryResearch in the SLAB lab focuses on speech and language comprehension and production across the lifespan, both in unimpaired individuals and in various populations with developmental or acquired speech and/or language disorders, such as aphasia, apraxia of speech, and phonological disorders. Our research is primarily behavioral and combines different methodologies, including eye-tracking, perceptual speech error analysis, psycholinguistic reaction time studies, acoustic analysis, neuropsychology, and treatment research.

Sport Concussion Laboratory (Ryan Tierney, Director)  Concussion management and evaluation.  Purpose of the center is to conduct clinical research and translational research connecting basic science and clinical practice. The lab is interested in elucidating the mechanisms underlying variable cellular and clinical responses to mechanical stress imparted during concussive and sub-concussive head impacts.

The Health and Justice Group (Jeff Draine, Director) Develops knowledge relating to the intersection of public health with justice. Current focus on the restoration of people to communities after incarceration, especially when they are also coping with mental illnesses, substance abuse and HIV.

TU Collaborative on Community Inclusion for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (Mark Salzer, Director) A National Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (NIDRR) to broaden understanding about community integration and to improve opportunities for individuals with psychiatric disabilities to participate more fully in community life.

Virtual Environment and Postural Orientation Lab (Emily Keshner, Director) Employs virtual reality technology for studies of cross modal processing in postural control to maintain and improve balance. Current emphasis is on the control of balance in elderly adults and individuals with neurological disorders.