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Research Labs and Centers

Adolescent Motivation, Relationships, and School Adjustment Research Group

Kathryn Wentzel, Ph.D.
University of Maryland
3304 Benjamin Building
College Park, Maryland 20742
(301) 314-8448
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The Adolescent Motivation, Relationships, and School Adjustment Research Group examines the social and motivational underpinnings of adolescents' behavior and academic performance at school. We are currently conducting research on adolescents' multiple goal coordination, peer relationships and ethnic identity, and the roles of teachers, parents, and peers in motivating positive behavioral and academic outcomes in the classroom.


Bilingual and Biliteracy Research Lab

Dr. Min Wang
University of Maryland
Benjamin Building
College Park, Maryland 20742
(301) 405-2699
Website

The Bilingual and Biliteracy Research Lab studies how reading develops in different languages, how bilingual learners develop their language and reading skills in their two languages, and how the two language and writing systems in bilingual lexicon interact with each other.


The Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture(CCRC)

University of Maryland
1108 Benjamin Building
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-0458
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The goal of the center is the facilitation of collaborative, longitudinal, national, and cross-cultural research projects on connections between children, social relationships, and culture. The offering of graduate and post-doctoral training related to research on children, relationships and culture.


Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention

Christy Tirrell-Corbin, Ph.D.
University of Maryland
Benjamin Building
College Park, Maryland 20742
(301) 405-7793
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The Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention is a collaborative initiative between the Chair and the faculty in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education (CHSE) and the Chair and the faculty in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM) within the College of Education.


Center for Integrated Latent Variable Research (CILVR)

Dr. Gregory R. Hancock
University of Maryland
1230 Benjamin Building
College Park, MD 20742-1115
(301).405-3621
Website

CILVR serves as a focal point for innovative collaboration, state-of-the-art training, and scholarly dissemination as they relate to the full spectrum of latent variable statistical methods. CILVR is a component of grant collaborations, conducts conferences and short courses throughout the year, and has generated publications on cutting edge methodological topics.


Child Development Laboratory

Dr. Nathan Fox
University of Maryland
3304 Benjamin Building
College Park, Maryland 20742-1131
Phone: (301) 405-8315
Website

The Child Development Lab examines multiple facets of cognitive, social and emotional development. Specifically, we are interested in the observation and measurement of attention, action understanding, emotion expression, and social experience. Our lab specializes in linking these psychological processes to neural activity through brain imaging methods such as EEG, ERP and functional neuroimaging.


Disciplined Reading and Learning Research Lab (DRLRL)

Dr. Patricia A. Alexander
University of Maryland
3240 Benjamin Building
College Park, MD 20742-1131
(301) 405-1304
Website

The Disciplined Reading and Learning Research Laboratory is dedicated to the study of reading, academic development, domain learning, and the knowledge, interests, and beliefs of students and teachers. Under the guidance of Patricia A. Alexander, the lab is an evolving learning environment that allows students to exchange ideas and conduct original empirical research.


Early Childhood Interaction Laboratory

Dr.Geetha B. Ramani
University of Maryland
3304 Benjamin Building
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301 405 8777
Website


The Early Childhood Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland focuses on understanding how young children’s social interactions with adults and peers influence their cognitive development. We are also interested in how play and informal learning activities can promote children’s thinking in the areas of mathematics, problem solving, and planning.


Family Involvement Laboratory

Natasha Cabrera, Ph.D.
University of Maryland
Cole Student Activities Building
Room 0124N
College Park, Maryland 20742
(301) 405-5743
Website


The Family Involvement Laboratory at the University of Maryland explores ways that low-income and minority mothers and fathers are involved in their young children's lives, and the influence that parents have on their children's development. The research group's aim is to gather rigorous data on the links between the quality of the relationship that parents have with each other, their caregiving and teaching behaviors with their children, and young children's cognitive and social development and to disseminate this information to families, policy makers, and other researchers in order to encourage positive family involvement and child development.


Laboratory for the Study of Child and Family Relationships

Dr. Kenneth Rubin
University of Maryland
Benjamin Building
College Park, Maryland 20742
(301) 405-2846
Website


Research in the Laboratory for the Study of Child and Family Relationships is focused on how (and whether) biological factors, parenting, and peer relations (friendship; rejection; victimization) predict social competence, social withdrawal and anxiety, and aggression within and across cultures. We also study the effects of intervention experiences for socially inhibited and withdrawn preschoolers.


Laboratory for Thinking, Reasoning, Creativity & Educational Neuroscience

Dr. Kevin N. Dunbar
University of Maryland
Benjamin Building
College Park, Maryland 20742
(301) 405-7233
Website


The overall goal of the research conducted in the Dunbar Lab is to discover the underlying mechanisms involved in the ways we Learn, Think, Reason, Solve problems, and Create new ideas and concepts. We investigate learning using many different methods ranging from naturalistic studies to conducting controlled experiments.


The Language Development and Parenting Laboratory

Dr. Meredith Rowe
University of Maryland
1109 Benjamin Building
College Park, Maryland 20742
(301) 405-8889
Website

The Language Development and Parenting Laboratory is led by Dr. Meredith Rowe. We are proud to be a part of the largest and most integrated language science community in North America. Our research focuses on how young children learn language through social interactions with others, particularly parents. We also study how different cultural and linguistic backgrounds and experiences influence early language development, and the role of gesture in language learning.


The Learning and Cognition Lab

Dr. Kelly Mix
University of Maryland
3304 Benjamin Building
College Park, Maryland 20742
(301) 405-5914
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Maryland Assessment Research Center for Education Success (MARCES)

Dr. Robert W. Lissitz
University of Maryland
Benjamin Building
College Park, Maryland 20742
(301) 405-3620
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Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC)

8077 Greenmead Drive
Avrum Gudelsky, Building #795
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742
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Motivation in Education Research Group (MERG)

Dr. Allan Wigfield
University of Maryland
3304 Benjamin Building
College Park, Maryland 20742
(301) 405-2809
Website

The Motivation in Education Research Lab, led by Dr. Allan Wigfield, focuses on achievement motivation of students at all ages. Broadly, we examine what motivates children to achieve in school, how students' beliefs, values, and social relationships influence their motivation, and what practices teachers can use to motivate students in school.


Social and Moral Development Research Laboratory

SMDRL Dr. Melanie Killen
3304 Benjamin Building
College Park, Maryland 20742
(301) 405-3176
Website




The Social and Moral Development Laboratory is supervised by Professor Melanie Killen, and the focus of the research is on how children, adolescents, and adults evaluate social and moral issues in everyday life. The general topics that we investigate include developmental social cognition, moral reasoning, intergroup attitudes and relationships, prejudice and discrimination, explicit judgments and implicit biases, morality and theory of mind, stereotyping, culture, and peer relationships..