SUAPP is home to six research centers and faculty have a wide variety of research interests and expertise, including: Educational access and policy; Family and Youth Adverse Experiences; Health service gaps, access, and policy; Physical development and the Environment; Safety, Policing, and Criminal Justice; Social and Economic Disparities; Non-Profit and Philanthropic sector capacity building; Public Sector and Institutional capacity building
SUAPP faculty have a long history of being awarded external funding to support research, curricular, and service activities. Resources for faculty include assistance from our Pre-Award Coordinator, Rachel Arthur, quarterly funding bulletins, professional development trainings and assistance from staff in the Office of Sponsored programs. Grant guidelines and other grant related information are available here.
Center for Advancement of Youth Development (CAYD)
The Center for Advancement of Youth Development seeks to fill the gap for youth serving organizations by providing their staff with opportunities to access high quality training, evaluation, and technical assistance without leaving the community. CAYD works to develop strategies to identify and implement solutions to challenges confronting youth and families in distress.
Gregory Washington, Director
Center for Community Criminology and Research (CCCR)
The CCCR serves as a clearing-house for the dissemination of information to those interested crime reduction and delinquency; offers statistical information and analysis to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of local, county, and state social justice/criminal justice systems; and facilitates professional development opportunities for social justice/criminal justice agencies at the local, county, state, and region level.
Sheri Jenkins Keenan, Coordinator
Public Safety Institute (PSI)
The Public Safety Institute (PSI) at the University of Memphis is an interdisciplinary research center committed to identifying and advancing best practices in the field of public safety. Through the PSI, the University and the Crime Commission have entered a research-practice partnership for the benefit of the Memphis community. The goals of PSI are to: help define and execute an applied research agenda tied to the local Operation: Safe Community plan; identify evidence based and evidence informed practices and solutions in the areas of crime prevention, intervention and reduction; and organize forums and symposia to improve practices related to crime and public safety.
Bill Gibbons, Executive Director
University of Memphis Design Collaborative (UMDC)
University of Memphis Design Collaborative is a partnership between the Division of City and Regional Planning and the Department of Architecture. The Design Collaborative serves as an outreach arm of the University and focuses on community challenges in urban design and community development.
Andy Kitsinger, Director
Center for Research on Women (CROW)
The Center for Research on Women Mission was established in 1982 to focus on research on the structural relationships among race, class, gender and sexuality in the U.S. The mission is to conduct, promote, and disseminate scholarship on women and social inequality.
Deborah Tollefsen, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Science
Statistical Research Center (SRC)
The Statistical Research Center is an applied research center focused informing policy and law at a local, State, and Federal level. SRC provides research design, evaluation, and statistical services to organizations and individuals.
Amanda Johnson, Interim Coordinator