Centers, Labs & Research Programs

Closing the educational achievement gap for children who are learning English as a second language is the focus for researchers in the Center for Research and Development in Dual Language and Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA).

The center, led by Dr. Rafael Lara-Alecio provides leadership in research, assessment and professional development to enhance the academic success of second language learners through programs that promote dual language and English language and literacy acquisition.

The Center on Disability and Development (CDD) supports the self-determination, community integration, and quality of life of people with disabilities and their families. As a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, the center is part of a national network of similar centers across the country.

The Counseling and Assessment Clinic (CAC) is a not-for-profit psychological services and training facility operated under the administration of EPSY. A team of advanced doctoral and master’s level students in the fields of Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and School Counseling provide psychological services. All work is under faculty supervision.

The Educational Research and Evaluation Laboratory (EREL) supports student and faculty research, development and evaluation activities. Consultation and services include problem identification, conceptualization and refinement; research and evaluation planning; research design; instrument development; data collection, coding, and analysis; and interpretation, reporting and dissemination of results.

The Institute for Applied Creativity  promotes the study and application of creativity and innovative thinking across colleges and disciplines of Texas A&M University and throughout a network of corporate partners.

The PRA Lab  explores how children’s relationships with peers and their family interactions influence social and emotional adjustment and engagement in school, with an emphasis in peer relations and family interactions of ethnically diverse youth and youth from socially marginalized populations (e.g., children with disabilities).

The Project ABC research team examines the social, emotional, and personality aspects of human development, with a focus on early childhood and adolescence. The research center is especially interested in the roles of human emotion and self-control in academic, psychosocial, and health-related outcomes across the lifespan. 

The Career Technical Special Populations Training and Resource Education Center is a Texas Education Agency (TEA) grant-funded project. The center’s mission is to provide access to career, technology and special education-related multimedia information (books, curriculum materials, videos, online courses) to teachers, parents and education professionals throughout Texas and the nation.

The Texas Autism Collaborative (TAC) is a university-based program at Texas A&M University in College Station and is affiliated with the Center on Disability and Development. TAC’s mission is to improve outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in school, home, and community settings and to train practitioners to use research-based methods with this population via research, training, and outreach.