Research Centers

Gregory WashingtonCenter 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

CAYD website

Sheri Lu JenkinsCenter 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
Phone: 731.425.1921

CCCR website

Bill GibbonsPublic 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

PSI website

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

UMDC website