Lab research

A researcher monitors an athlete's peak capabilities
in the School of Kinesiology's Human Performance Research Laboratory

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Research

CEHD faculty and professional staff are active researchers, conducting projects in over 100 fields. The Office of Research and Policy supports CEHD researchers in finding, applying for and managing $44.3 million in externally funded research (2015-16), providing seed funding, and connecting research to policy.

Our vision is to advance research, teaching, and community engagement to increase opportunities for all individuals to have a successful start in life and to foster healthy human development, and will provide programs that meet the demands of the 21st century.

High impact research that improves lives

Educational equity and the achievement gap
Dramatic demographic changes are increasing the number of children who are less prepared for the future. CEHD research contributes to educational success strategies for all children so that they can meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Autism and developmental disabilities
CEHD research focuses on the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the community services and supports that help them thrive. Our faculty and staff are leaders in the study of early diagnosis and intervention for autism spectrum disorders.
Children's mental health and welfare
About 110,000 children and adolescents in Minnesota need mental health treatment each year, and many more interact with the child protection system in some way. CEHD research translates basic science discoveries into transformative treatment methods and evidence-based interventions.
Living better, living longer
CEHD research studies individuals’ health and wellness physically, emotionally, and in relationships, with a particular focus on older adults.

What is the opportunity gap?

Long before test scores and graduation rates are in the picture, children can find themselves at a disadvantage. Access to nutritional food, health care, and stable living environments set the youngest behind from birth. Our research promotes healthy development, fosters equitable schools, and drives new insights into how the brain learns and grows.

Explore some of our research areas that connect to making sure all children have the opportunity to achieve their potential.

Research support & services

The CEHD Office of Research and Policy (ORP) coordinates the college's research support activities, including pre-award proposal development, compliance management, RCR training, assistance with large-scale collaborations, and internal funding programs. See a full list of our support services.

Funding

CEHD's funding e-newsletter is the best way for current researchers to stay up to date on new opportunities.

The University of Minnesota offers a variety of tools and resources that enable faculty, students and staff to explore funding opportunities for scholarly activities. The University also subscribes to several funding search databases, which are free for UMN researchers to use.

Grantsmanship

Securing peer-reviewed funding is a key part of the academic research process. We maintain a list of grantsmanship resources for resesearchers, including boilerplate language and a library of funded proposals.

CEHD graduate students have access to grantwriting courses specific to their fields, as well as fellowships, scholarships, and additional financial support through the college and University.

Consulting services

The Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) supports CEHD students and researchers, offering:

  • Pre-award services, including study conceptualization and proposal writing
  • Post-award services, including study implementation, data analysis, and reporting
  • Assessment design, adoption, and use, and interpretation of assessment data

See all of CAREI's research and assessment services.

Did you know facts Did you know Did you know CEHD has 20+ research centersfocused on topics ranging fromchildren’s mental healthto women in sports.

Leadership and staff

Frank J. Symons

Frank J. Symons, Associate Dean for Research
Phone: 612-626-8697 | Email: symon007@umn.edu
Oversees research and sponsored activities in the CEHD and thus is delegated the authority to act on the Dean’s behalf in matters relating to research. The associate dean for research (ADR) reviews and approves proposals for external funding, evaluates appropriateness of proposed cost-sharing and requests for F&A waivers, and reviews conflict of interest disclosure forms and facilitates institutional oversight. The ADR sets the vision for the college's research enterprise and guides new initiatives.

Ellen Freeman

Ellen Freeman, Assistant Director of Research & Policy
Phone: 612-625-2708 | Email: efreeman@umn.edu
Coordinates collegiate research development activities, including educational offerings, communications, data reporting, internal funding programs, and MN Agricultural Experiment station funding.

Amber Fink
Grant Coordinator
KIN, C&I, MCRR, STEM, and LTML
Hours: 8:00-4:30, M-F
Phone: 612-624-9147
Email: fink0088@umn.edu

Sallie Quammen
Grant Coordinator
EdPsy, OLPD
Hours: 8:00-4:30, M-TH
Phone: 612-626-9036
Email: quamm001@umn.edu

Jessica Weaver
Grant Coordinator
FSoS, SSW, CAREI, OPD
REPA/ROC coordinator
Hours: 8:00-4:30, M-F
Phone: 612-624-1527
Email: weave109@umn.edu

Jeff Zytkovicz
Grant Coordinator
ICD, CEED, Dean's Office
Hours: 8:00-4:30, M-F
Phone: 612-624-5096
Email: jeffz@umn.edu

Lucy Luu Evans
Pre-Award Support: ICI
Phone: 612-625-3061
Email: luuxx001@umn.edu

Danielle Billington
Pre-Award Support: ICI
Phone: 612-626-5949
Email: billi015@umn.edu

Elizabeth Hedin
Pre-Award Support: ITR
Phone: 612-301-9446
Email: hedi0022@umn.edu

When preparing proposals that involve CEHD faculty and staff, please refer to our PRF routing chains and contact the grant coordinator assigned to the investigator's unit with any questions.