Centers and Institutes
The College of Humanities and Sciences has four highly research active centers and institutes that bring together faculty across disciplines and schools. Centers and institutes promote collaboration and incorporation of diverse perspectives to solve the world's most complex problems. CHS centers and institutes bring together leading scholars to focus on some of the most critical issues of our time, including youth violence prevention, racial and health disparities, and substance use.
The Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention (CCEP) within the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University was founded in 2001 to provide a place, forum and means to promote and conduct culturally congruent and community relevant prevention and intervention work primarily with African Americans and other culturally different groups.
The Center for the Study of Tobacco Products brings together a multidisciplinary group of faculty and staff from VCU, American University of Beirut, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the University of Southern California, as well as several other U.S. and international universities and organizations to focus on an issue of immediate concern to public health — the regulation of tobacco products.
The VCU Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development includes an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the Departments of Epidemiology and Community Health, Psychology, and Special Education and Disability Policy. The Institute is housed in the Department of Psychology and is located on the Monroe Park Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.
The Institute’s activities include research; undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral training; and community engagement. The Institute is one of six National Centers of Excellence for Youth Violence Prevention funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute grew out of the Spit for Science study, a university-wide research project focused on substance use and emotional health outcomes in college populations. Spit for Science created a collaborative opportunity for researchers to bring that expertise home to VCU in a way that could engage our students in the research process, raise awareness about substance use and mental health challenges among young people and use this research to benefit our community. COBE’s mission is to promote behavioral and emotional health among young people through the integration of research with coursework, programming and policy.
The Humanities Research Center provides a forum for intellectual exchange across and beyond the Humanities at VCU, traversing conventional disciplinary boundaries and encouraging collaboration throughout the College of Humanities and Sciences as well as across the University as a whole and the local community. The Center is committed to building relationships and partnerships with colleagues at VCU and with other institutions in Richmond and the broader region.