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Research at the College

The College of Education engages in research that advances education, human development, health, and policy. Supported by contracts and grants, we are dedicated to learning and teaching and the education of individuals throughout the lifespan across all segments of society. Our discoveries infuse the state of Georgia and beyond with new ideas and resources.

The College’s research efforts enrich the course content for our students, allowing us to provide cutting-edge ideas to the next generation of practitioners, scholars, and leaders in the diverse fields of learning, teaching, and individual development. Through our commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and service, we work to address the needs of communities on the local, national, and international levels.

To learn more about our research and externally funded projects, please view the College Centers and active proposals listed below.

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Latest News

  • The way you talk to your child about math matters

    A recent study conducted by assistant professor Michael Barger found that parents’ responses to children’s math success and failure are linked to motivation and anxiety.

  • Getting in the game

    The work of an innovative research lab at UGA is giving hope to families of children with cerebral palsy.

  • New tools help assess COVID-19 risks

    People can use the COVID-Taser website, created by assistant professor Cameron Byerley, to predict their likelihood of severe illness or death.

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Research Labs

AI for STEM Education Research

Department of Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Education

The foci of the AI4STEM lab is to conduct research in applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) to STEM education.

AiMS Modeling in Biology ProjectDepartment of Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Education
Applied Cognition and Development Research LabsFaculty study interdisciplinary applications of cognitive, social, and developmental psychology to learning and education. Topics include STEM motivation, motivational beliefs, learning strategies, multimedia math/science, elementary education, executive functioning, social-emotional learning, and assessment.
Athletic Training Lab

Department of Kinesiology

Host to both undergraduate and graduate courses in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries including orthopedic evaluations, general medical evaluations, therapeutics, rehabilitation, and manual therapy.

Athletic Training Simulation Lab

Department of Kinesiology

This lab is equipped with video cameras and state-of-the-art SimMan training mannequins to teach examination and treatment for athletic training situations.

Biomechanics Lab

Department of Kinesiology

Equipped for investigating how human movement and body tissues are affected by mechanical physics and engineering principles, research in the lab focuses on performance improvement, injury prevention and assessment, and sport-related concussion.

Brain and Action LabThe Brain and Action Lab studies the behavioral and neural mechanisms of goal-directed movement, and how these mechanisms are altered in neurological disease or after brain injury.
Child Attention and Autism Research and Evaluation (CAARE) Lab

Department of Educational Psychology

The CAARE Lab works to identify behaviors and movements associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and how they relate to each other. We also work to increase the global knowledge and understanding of ASD and disparities in services.

Children's Physical Activity and Fitness (CPAF) Lab

Department of Kinesiology

CPAF’s mission is to design and test innovative and sustainable solutions to improve population health in children and adolescents. The lab regularly collaborates with non-profits and businesses to promote better health among diverse populations.

Cognition and Skill Acquisition LabDepartment of Kinesiology
Cognitive-Communication Rehabilitation Lab

Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education

The Cognitive-Communication Rehabilitation Lab serves adults and adolescents with traumatic brain injury or concussion.

Creativity and Imagination LabThe Creativity and Imagination Lab explores an expansive array of topics in the multifaceted realm of human imagination. Our team approaches the investigation of the human mind using interdisciplinary and systemic lenses, and our resulting work and scholarship are relevant for diverse domains of basic and applied research. Our team investigates questions from empirical, methodological, and theoretical standpoints.
Democracy and Equity in Education Politics (DEEP)DEEP’s research aims to better understand the democratic politics of educational equity and justice, including policies and movements meant to advance equity and justice as well as those that may be serving as barriers.
Exercise Psychology LabDepartment of Kinesiology
Generative Learning and Complexity LaboratoryThe Generative Learning and Complexity Laboratory (GLCL) brings together scholars and practitioners of learning and complexity science to reimagine learning and development.
Georgia Educators in Mathematics and Science (GEMS)

Department of Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Education

The GEMS project, an NSF-funded Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, is designed to recruit, prepare, and support new secondary science and mathematics teachers to work in high-needs school districts.

Integrative Cardiovascular Physiology Lab

Department of Kinesiology

This lab examines vascular function, with an emphasis on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

Neuromusculoskeletal Health Laboratory

Department of Kinesiology

This lab examines treatments and interventions to increase the muscle strength and physical activity levels of children and adults with cerebral palsy.

Non-Invasive Exercise Muscle Physiology Lab

Department of Kinesiology

This 1,500-square-foot lab is dedicated to the development of new noninvasive methods of measuring skeletal muscle and blood vessel function. These methods are then applied to the study of how activity and inactivity influence the health of people with chronic diseases and injuries.

Physical Activity Measurement Lab

Department of Kinesiology

The Physical Activity Measurement Laboratory specializes in the measurement of physical activity among diverse populations. We also can also provide help in selecting appropriate self-report measures of physical activity.

Project BE-AHEAD in Georgia

Department of Counseling and Human Development Services

This grant-funded project offers training in the areas of behavioral health and integrated care to student trainees in three graduate-level behavioral health programs: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, MEd in Community Counseling, and MEd in School Counseling.

Project OASIS

Department Counseling and Human Development Services

Project OASIS, funded by HRSA, seeks to expand opioid and substance use treatment services in Georgia through enhancing community-based training for behavioral health students in these programs.

Project OCEAN

Project OCEAN is funded by the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals. The OCEAN fellowship offers evidence-based training in the areas of behavioral health and integrated care to student trainees in four nationally renowned graduate-level behavioral health programs at the University of Georgia:

  • PhD in Counseling Psychology
  • MEd in Mental Health Counseling
  • MEd in School Counseling
  • MSW in Social Work
Project PEACHThe PEACH fellowship offers evidence-based training in the areas of behavioral health and integrated care to graduate student trainees in two nationally renowned doctoral-level behavioral health programs at UGA.
RAIL (Research and Innovation in Learning)RAIL’s mission is to bring educational innovation to universal challenges by incubating ideas, innovating solutions, and impacting society.
Secondary Science Teacher Education Research Lab

Department of Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Education

Julie A. Luft, the Athletic Association Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Education directs the Secondary Science Teacher Education Research Lab. The research group focuses on the learning and instruction of secondary science teachers.

Sport Instruction Research Lab

Department of Kinesiology

Offering hands-on research and skills-building for future teachers and coaches in sports, physical education, and physical activity. Students take on research related to education and methods of teaching sport, while graduate students get hands-on training for future advanced study in sport teaching methods.

The PIPs Project

Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education

The PIPs project will prepare highly qualified professionals to work with young children with complex needs and their families. PIPs scholars will receive interdisciplinary training through a variety of opportunities and experiences both on- and off-campus.

UGA Concussion Research Laboratory

Department of Kinesiology

The UGA Concussion Research Laboratory is equipped to examine concussed patients from a variety of campus and community referral resources.

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