Research Labs


Faculty, researchers and students come together to tackle some of society's greatest challenges in the Curry School's research labs. Below you can read about our latest research in areas such as exercise physiology, autism, engineering design, literacy, youth violence and more.

  • Applied Metabolism & Physiology Laboratory


    The overall mission of the Applied Metabolism & Physiology Laboratory (AMP lab) is to study the pathophysiology of diseases affecting well-being such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes.

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  • CASTL-Higher Ed Lab


    The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (CASTL-HE) Lab studies the relationship between college teaching and pedagogy and student learning outcomes at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional level.

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  • Center for Race and Public Education in the South


    The Center for Race and Public Education (CRPES) in the South conducts and supports empirical research on a variety of issues that lie at the intersection of race, education, and schooling in the southern United States. 

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  • Children’s Learning Clinic


    The Children’s Learning Clinic (CLC) is a scientist-practitioner training clinic located in the Sheila C. Johnson Center for Human Services. The CLC offers comprehensive, affordable, and evidence-based assessment and treatment services for children suspected of having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related difficulties.

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  • The Contemplative Teaching and Learning Lab


    The Contemplative Teaching and Learning (CTL) Lab applies the contemplative sciences to informing our understanding of life-span development and education.

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  • Curry Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Research Group


    The Curry Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Research Group aims to conduct research that further clarifies our understanding of ASD and related interventions. In addition, the group strives to provide comprehensive and efficient diagnostic services via Curry Autism Spectrum Services (CASS), a multidisciplinary team within the Sheila Johnson Center for Human Services.

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  • Curry Design Initiative


    Our shared vision is to foster innovative approaches to authentic educational challenges and prepare graduates who can tackle real-world problems in various learning contexts.

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  • Engineering Design Initiative


    At the Curry School we believe engineering design engages students in solving authentic and relevant problems, making decisions in light of uncertainty, and developing criteria for their designs and understanding.

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  • Exercise and Sport Injury Laboratory


    The laboratory provides research opportunities for faculty and graduate students in the masters and doctoral degree programs in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training at the University of Virginia.

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  • Exercise Physiology Core Laboratory


    The Exercise Physiology Core Laboratory measures metabolic and hemodynamic responses to exercise and provides measures of body composition.

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  • Foundations of Cognition and Learning (FOCAL)


    The Foundations of Cognition and Learning (FOCAL) lab based at the University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) studies the cognitive processes that underpin learning throughout the school years. The cognitive foundations that are central to our studies include motivation, executive function and self-regulation, sensorimotor and visuospatial processing, phonological skills, and general knowledge of the world.

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  • Institutes on Academic Diversity


    The Institutes on Academic Diversity are professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators that grew from Curry professor Carol Tomlinson’s research in differentiating instruction.

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  • Motivate Lab


    The Motivate Lab, directed by Chris Hulleman, develops and tests motivation interventions and assessments in academic, sport, work, and extracurricular settings. The mission of the Lab is to improve people's lives through rigorous and innovative motivation research. 

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  • PALS


    Early literacy screening is the key to providing effective literacy instruction and preventing future reading problems. The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) provides a comprehensive assessment of young children’s knowledge of the important literacy fundamentals that are predictive of future reading success. PALS is the state-provided screening tool for Virginia’s Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI) and is used by 99% of school divisions in the state on a voluntary basis.

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  • Project Parallax


    Project Parallax is a collaborative effort between faculty at the University of Virginia and the Henry County Schools funded from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant is focused on using curriculum as the vehicle for talent recognition and development in elementary students. Our goals are to increase teacher’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) content knowledge and their capacity to provide appropriately challenging STEM instruction differentiated to meet the needs of gifted and talented students. Our curriculum uses Problem Based Learning infused with differentiation and dynamic media, to provide students opportunities to exhibit and extend their talent.

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  • READY Lab


    Relationships, Ecologies and Activities for Developing Youth (READY). We are interested in how settings and interactions can be optimized to best meet adolescents’ developmental needs.

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  • Robert H. Tai Research Group


    The Robert H. Tai Research Group is a research team based at the Curry School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia.

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  • UVA Social Development Lab


    The UVA Social Development Lab, directed by Sara Rimm-Kaufman, addresses pressing questions in education science from an interdisciplinary perspective. Current projects examine how schooling and classroom experiences contribute to elementary school aged children’s social development and academic growth. The lab conducts collaborative work with the goal of providing a scientifically-based roadmap for educators making decisions for children.

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  • Young Women Leaders Program


    Co-sponsored by the University of Virginia’s Women’s Center and the Curry School of Education and Human Development, the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) is a voluntary mentoring program for seventh grade girls. With a focus on enhancing the qualities of competence, connection, and autonomy, the program has served over 1000 girls, supporting their leadership abilities, self-discovery, respect for diversity, healthy decision-making, and civic engagement.

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  • Youth Violence Project


    The Virginia Youth Violence Project studies effective methods for youth violence prevention and school safety.

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