The Center for Health and Social Policy fosters interdisciplinary collaborations with and among other centers and groups at The University of Texas at Austin. The aim and focus of these groups below intersect with social policy and CHASP's mission. Collectively, we are an invaluable resource to researchers, students, communities, organizations, and policymakers.
The Center for Health Communication (CHC) is a joint academic center of both the Moody College of Communication and Dell Medical School, The CHC brings together researchers and experts on many diverse areas of health communication, the science and art of using communication to advance the health and well-being of people and populations, to collaborate, share ideas and innovations, and advance their scholarship and its impact to the highest possible level. Directed by CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Michael Mackert.
The mission of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs is to promote engaged research, scholarship and discussion, with a focus on the ways in which issues of race and democracy impact the lives of global citizens. Through interdisciplinary scholarship, technological innovation, and public symposia, CSRD seeks to develop an interactive model of history that fosters a robust intellectual and civic dialogue on race relations, civil rights, law, international relations, and democracy.
The Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) is an independent, nonpartisan research group at the LBJ School of Public Affairs specializing in policy issues related to young children, teens, and their parents. CFRP engages in rigorous qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation work for federal and state agencies and non-governmental organizations, aiming to help organizations understand what works and why and how to ensure sustainable implementation of effective policies. Directed by CHASP Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne.
The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin is a national model for integrating diversity and community engagement into the core mission of a university. It works with a broad range of student, faculty, staff, and community constituents to help The University of Texas at Austin connect its intellectual resources to communities across Texas and offer education to those who may face the greatest challenges in accessing it. The Division focuses on four core pillars: campus culture, community engagement, education pipeline, and research.
The Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA) is a non-partisan organization under the College of Liberal Arts committed to applying empirical data to inform legislative policies that affect the quality of life of populations of color. The Institute’s mission is based on the understanding of the critical role that public policy has historically and currently plays in determining the distribution of resources and opportunities by race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, language, sexual orientation, and region. Associate Director is CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Shetal Vohra-Gupta.
The Opportunity Forum is an interdisciplinary collaboration of University of Texas faculty working to foster the expansion of equitable opportunities for low-income Texans. Through applied research, educational forums, and experiential learning opportunities, the Forum engages the University and community leaders in developing inclusive strategies to improve low-income Texans' access to economic opportunities and to foster stronger and more equitable communities. Co-founded by CHASP Faculty Fellows Helen Gaebler, Sherri Greenberg, and Helen Way.
The University of Texas at Austin Population Research Center (PRC) aims to provide outstanding infrastructure resources and sustain a dynamic interdisciplinary culture geared toward facilitating the highest level of population-related research among its faculty members and graduate and undergraduate trainees. The work of researchers affiliated with the PRC focus primarily on family demography and intergenerational relationships; education, work, and inequality; population health; and reproductive health. Directed by CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Debra Umberson. Associate Director and Scientific & Technical Core Director is CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Kelly Raley. Associate Director, Development Core Director, and Postdoctoral Training Director is CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Liz Gershoff.
The science is clear that prenatal to age 3 is the most critical period for a child’s developing brain and body, building the foundation for all future learning, behavior and health. The national Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at the LBJ School of Public Affairs is a resource and partner for leaders and the early childhood field for objective guidance grounded in science and evidence on state policies impacting outcomes for infants, toddlers, and their families. Directed by Dr. Cynthia Osborne, director of CHASP and the Child and Family Research Partnership.
In 1970, the Center for the Study of Human Resources was established by Ray Marshall to support the research of pressing social and economic problems facing American workers. The Ray Marshall Center at the LBJ School of Public Affairs identifies and fosters creative solutions to challenging education, workforce, and social problems through applied research, policy analysis, and innovative program design.
The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the LBJ School of Public Affairs prepares the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders through a university-wide graduate program in nonprofit studies and by studying pressing issues in philanthropy, nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship, and global civil society. RGK also engages the world of practice through executive education programs tailored to the needs of seasoned professionals in the field.
The goal of the Social Innovation Initiative at McCombs Business School is to inspire and educate future generations of leaders to create economic value for their organizations while also creating positive social and environmental impact. Private social impact efforts can complement and supplement the work of governments and the public sector to tackle global challenges such as climate change, poverty, inequality, lack of access to healthcare and education. Directed by CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Meeta Kothare.
The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) is within the Steve Hick’s School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. TXICFW seeks to build evidence for social work practitioners and policy makers to improve practices and systems related to foster care, adolescent sexual health, child care, social work practices in healthcare, child maltreatment prevention, adoption & permanency, Latino immigrant families and social work practices in schools. Directed by CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Monica Faulkner. Associate Director is CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Beth Gerlach.
The Texas Aging and Learning Center is housed in the UT Population Research Center. Through campus events, speaker series, training workshops and monthly journal clubs, the center brings together scholars from different fields to take a closer look at social isolation and aging in the community; health disparities and early life predictors of aging; brain aging; and technology and aging. Co-Directors are CHASP Faculty Fellows Drs. Karen Fingerman and Debra Umberson.
Whole Community–Whole Health is part of The University of Texas at Austin Bridging Barries initiative. WCWH brings researchers and advisors together from wide-ranging backgrounds across UT and Central Texas to change the way science helps society thrive. Several CHASP Faculty Fellows are on the WCWH Organizing Committee.
The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law educates students, faculty, and the legal community about public interest legal issues, and creates opportunities for the Texas Law community to increase access to justice and help underserved individuals and communities. WWJCPIL provides broad support to students, faculty and alumni interested in pro bono work and public service.