Psychology Research Programs, Centers, and Clinics

The UAB Department of Psychology continues to be nationally ranked by the National Science Foundation in terms of federal research support. It is home to several of UAB’s Centers, established research programs, laboratories, teaching and training sites in 48,000 square feet of facility space. The UAB Psychology Department has continued to be a successful player on the national level and is playing an increasingly important role in virtually every area of UAB’s academic arena by virtue of its established graduate and undergraduate programs, active research faculty, research centers, growing clinical services and community-based programs, and large number of on-campus majors.

The UAB Department of Psychology has been ranked by NSF in the top 100 of Psychology programs in federally-financed R&D expenditures at universities and colleges since 1999:

The Department of Psychology faculty lead or collaborates directly with the following Research Programs, Centers, Clinics, and Laboratories:

Psychology Research Centers and Laboratories:

Patient Care and Services:

Collaborative Initiatives:

The Taub Training Clinic opened in 2001 and is part of the UAB Health System located in the Center for Psychiatric Medicine with research space in the Russell Wing. The clinic is home to the innovative therapy and gold standard for Taub Training or Constraint-Induced Movement, which has demonstrated that patients improve the use of their disabled limbs following stroke or other neuromotor disorders. This also includes a partnership with Children’s Hospital for research and treatment of children with cerebral palsy.

The focus of the UAB Center for Research on Applied Gerontology is to develop and evaluate interventions that will allow older individuals to remain independent and to experience a high quality of life. An ancillary of this Center is the UAB Driving Assessment Clinic and Laboratory and the forthcoming Brain Fitness Center. The Laboratory maintains a driving simulator which enables physicians and UAB researchers to test driving skills while mimicking real-world conditions. An executive committee made up of scientists and representatives from Departments of Motor Vehicles, the insurance and transportation industries, business and AARP, provide oversight and lends insight relative to policy issues and implementation of research results.

The Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Training focuses on discovery of effective interventions and treatment for severe addiction. Close collaboration with the Division of Preventive Medicine and Psychiatry provides multiple research and training opportunities. This diversity, along with expanded programs, such as the UAB Early Head Start Program within the Civitan International Research Center, provides a wealth of opportunities for students.

Continued research in the UAB Youth Safety Lab demonstrates various approaches to preventing unintentional injury across all levels which is the leading cause of pediatric mortality. Other proposed studies will use the recent advances in research, theory, and technology to examine mechanisms underlying why children with ADHD have increased risk for pedestrian injury. The lab also works in conjunction with the UAB Injury Control Research Center.

The Cognition, Brain, and Autism (CBrA) Laboratory is dedicated to the investigation of the neural bases of social, cognitive and affective processes in people with autism. The main research goal is to establish the nature of neural organization and neural functioning in autism and to use this knowledge to devise intervention and training strategies.