Centers and Interdisciplinary Initiatives

Interdisciplinary Initiatives

Psychology faculty are affliliated with the following interdisciplinary research areas. These initiatives were funded by the university to promote targeted recruitment of faculty and students, to stimulate new collaborations and investigations, to enhance student training, and to develop Georgia State’s reputation in these areas.


The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience

The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) is a consortium of more than 90 researchers at eight Atlanta institutions examining the neural mechanisms underlying complex social behaviors. The social behaviors that are essential for species survival, such as fear, affiliation, aggression, and reproductive behaviors, are the next frontier for neuroscience. The research efforts are complemented by an educational program designed to integrate scientific progress into the curricula of students at all levels. The CBN is an National Science Foundation-funded Science and Technology and Center.

The Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning (CRADL)

 The Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning (CRADL) is an interdisciplinary center founded in 1998 that stimulates basic and applied research and facilitates educational and outreach efforts. CRADL consists of eleven faculty members who represent a broad span of academic orientations including developmental, clinical and educational psychology, neuropsychology, special education, and speech-language pathology. CRADL and its faculty coordinate and support scholarly efforts that focus on gaining a fuller understanding of atypical development and learning processes from birth through adolescence.

El Centro: National Latino Research Center on Domestic Violence

El Centro is a national research center on domestic violence in Latino communities. It is part of the National Latino Alliance to Eliminate Domestic Violence, an organization sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services. El Centro was established in response to the need for culturally relevant and appropriate research that would assist in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and initiatives on the issue of domestic violence among Latinos. Its mission is three-fold: (1) to promote culturally appropriate research and evaluation regarding the issue of domestic violence in Latino communities; (2) to mentor and serve as a resource for Latino and Latina researchers and other researchers interested in the issue of domestic violence in our population; and (3) to maintain an ongoing dialogue with practitioners and service providers regarding relevant research topics that address emerging needs in our communities. For more information, contact Julia Perilla, Ph.D., director.

The Language Research Center

At the Language Research Center scientists from Georgia State University and around the world conduct cognitive, biobehavioral, social and cultural research with bonobos (Pan paniscus), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), monkeys (Macaca mulatta) and human adults and children. Located on a wooded 55-acre facility south of Atlanta, the LRC is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and other agencies. The varied research programs in learning, memory, attention, executive functioning, problem solving, spatial cognition, numerical reasoning, categorization, tool making and use, and communication find convergence under the LRC motto: “So that together we might learn of language.” David Washburn, director.

GSU/GT Center for Advanced Brain Imaging

The CABI is a joint venture of Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The Center provides  state-of-the-art neuroimaging facilities for studying brain-behavior relations in children and adults--including aged adults, and children with developmental disabilities like autism and ADHD. The $2.3 million center, funded by the Georgia State University Research Foundation, Georgia Tech Research Institute, and the Georgia Research Alliance through the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, is housed in a 6,000 square-foot facility on Marietta Street, just two miles from the GSU psychology department. The CABI features a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system rated at 3 Tesla, which provides the power to observe details of electrical impulses and pathways in the brain. Other neuroimaging technologies such as transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial Doppler sonography, as well as eye-tracking and numerous other psychophysiological techniques, will be used by CABI scientists from Georgia State, Georgia Tech, and other institutions.

The Regents Center for Learning Disorders

The Regents Center for Learning Disorders is here to help. This site is your gateway to information about how the RCLD can help students with known or suspected learning disorders maximize their ability to learn at the postsecondary level. Explore this website to find out what we do and how you can access our services. You will also find study strategies, teaching tips, lists of books and materials related to learning disorders, and links to many other valuable websites.