NIDILRR Director Anjali Forber-Pratt with Kolton

Research on Campus
Exposing and closing disability research gaps


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 $48.8 million in externally funded research awards (2021-22), 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 research and educational equity
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 child 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.
Healthy lifespan development
CEHD research studies individuals’ health and wellness physically, emotionally, and in relationships, with a particular focus on older adults.

Educational equity and healthy development for all.

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.

The opportunity gap among children in our society is growing. Our researchers are changing the conversation from one of achievement to one of opportunity, and we’re improving all aspects of child development to close this opportunity gap.

Research Supports for:

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.

Undergraduate students

CEHD undergraduate students are active researchers, and may work with faculty mentors, receive funding for independent research through the UROP or MSROP programs, and compete in the international World’s Challenge Challenge program. CEHD advisors and staff can help guide you on your way.

Graduate students

CEHD’s robust portfolio of externally funded research supports research assistantships for over 200 graduate students. Many graduate students present their work at CEHD Research Day or as part of the Three Minute Thesis competition. The Research Methodology Consulting Center provides support for methodology and statistical analysis, and the CEHD’s grant coordinators provide assistance in seeking and applying for external fellowships.

Faculty and staff

CEHD’s Office of Research and Policy offers a wide range of supports for faculty and staff researchers, including seed grants, proposal review services, and trainings. The college’s grant coordinators provide expert assistance with pre-award proposal development and compliance.


CEHD has 20+ research centers
focused on topics ranging from
children’s mental health
to women in sports.