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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

Biostatistics Research Support Center (Levent Dumenci, Director). The BRSC offers comprehensive statistical consultation and computational services to faculty, staff, and students in the College of Public Health and throughout Temple University. 

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.

Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive NeuroscienceResearchers, clinicians and students work together to investigate the relationships among language and short-term memory impairments associated with aphasia.

North Broad Physical Therapy CenterThe North Broad Physical Therapy Center (NBPTC) is a student-led pro bono physical therapy center geared to assisting the uninsured, under-insured and under-served community members of North Philadelphia.

Other Research throughout the College

Adaptations to Repetitive Motion and Stress (ARMS) Laboratory. ARMS lab research focuses on the adaptation of tissues to stress and overuse, specifically at the shoulder. The lab addresses clinically relevant questions with translation approaches thereby bridging the gap between bench and bedside.

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

Behavioral and Cancer Epidemiology Research ProgramHoused in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, this program is focused on examining the behavioral and biological determinants of cancer in the general and underserved populations. 

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.

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.

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.

Health Disparities Research Lab (Heather Gardiner, Director). Assesses the impact of behavioral communication skills training and decision-making interventions, with the primary goals of improving organ and tissue donation processes in the U.S. and alleviating disparities in access to transplantation for racial/ethnic minorities. More recently, the focus has expanded to include evaluating measurements of nutrition/food literacy, investigating the medical nutritional management of chronic diseases and identifying health disparities related to food insecurity.

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.

Memory, Concepts, Cognition Laboratory (Jamie Reilly, Director). In addition to basic science research, this group is currently developing novel treatments that promote language maintenance in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD).

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.

Multilingual Research Group. The Multilingual Research Group is a collaborative team exploring language varities across linguistic and clinical perspectives. Here, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in the Communications Sciences and Disorders department contribute to interdisciplinary research which aims to bridge gaps between academia and the field by posing socially conscious questions about language, learning and the theories that underpin them.

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.

NeuroMotor Control and Plasticity Laboratory. The NeuroMotor Control and Plasticity Laboratory focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms of muscle coordination in the human upper extremity.

Neuromotor Science (NMS) Research Consortium is a state-of-the-art research facility consisting of nine interdisciplinary laboratories investigating a range of basic and clinical issues in human sensorimotor neuroscience.

Pokhrel’s Nanotechnology and Health Lab (PNHL).

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

Siminoff Research Group

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 LaboratoryThis lab conducts clinical research and, through collaboration with basic scientists, translational research connecting basic science and clinical practice.

Temple University Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory. The lab's activities are concerned with understanding the neural processes involved in thinking, remembering, imagining, and learning. They are particularly interested in these explorations as they relate to advancing our knowledge of the nature and basis of neurogenic language disorders in children and adults.

Temple University Speech-Language-Hearing Center. A wide range of services are provided to people of all ages with disorders of communication. Graduate clinicians provide services under the direct supervision of the Temple faculty who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Pennsylvania licensure in Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology.

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.

The Water, Health and Applied Microbiology (WHAM) Lab (Heather Murphy, Director). The WHAM lab primarily focuses on microbiological contamination of water supplies and the subsequent impacts on public health.