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The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development to Launch the Center for Applied Developmental Science and Neuroeducation

Center Will Apply Research to Advance Education and Development of Youths With Disabilities
October 04, 2012

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jill Sankey
202-994-6466; jpsankey@gwu.edu
Michelle Sherrard
202-994-1423; mcs1@gwu.edu

WASHINGTON -The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) today announced the launch of the Center for Applied Developmental Science and Neuroeducation. The center will be a hub for the application of research from the fields of neuro and health sciences to education and development of children and youth with disabilities.

“By building new bridges among these distinct research communities, the Center for Applied Developmental Science and Neuroeducation can become a premiere translational research institute that also advances teaching and learning from an interdisciplinary approach,” said Carol Kochhar-Bryant, senior associate dean of GSEHD.

The center will lead translational efforts through the following actions:

  • Build programs of applied research in education and related service delivery systems that serve children, youth and families with disabilities and health disparities.
  • Extend the interdisciplinary doctoral program that builds bridges among neuroscience, health sciences and the special education and disabilities studies communities.
  • Create structures for interdisciplinary dialogue through a calendar of convenings, colloquia, conferences and information dissemination activities.
  • Provide opportunities for scholars to apply translational knowledge in academe, research and practice settings.
  • Establish relationships that support and advance the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other related international activities, as well as develop protocols that cultivate interdisciplinary and translational research activities.

"The center establishes a unique opportunity for GSEHD to raise George Washington’s level of recognized academic excellence in special education and disability studies,” said Maxine Freund, associate dean for research and external relations. “The center intends to focus attention on several research domains that point to promising connections with special education and disabilities research and intervention and have urgency for translation to education.”

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University is a community of learners including nearly 80 full time faculty, over 1600 students and a staff of approximately 100 members. Together, they strive to bring the best scholarship to bear on the improvement of policy and practice at all levels of education and to prepare leaders for a rapidly changing world. Located at the center of local, national and global forces that are shaping the 21st century, the school plays a special role in the complex intersection of research, policy and practice, and is committed to equity, social justice, innovation and the civic good.

To reach the center, please contact Steven Feifer at sfeifer1@gwu.edu.  

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