Research Labs


Research Labs | College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Child Development Laboratory

The OSU Child Development Center (Bates Hall) is a preschool for student training, research and service includes Oregon Head Start Program.

Dallas Lab

The overall aim of the Dallas Lab’s research is to improve the health of premature infants, a population that suffers greatly reduced health outcomes (including early mortality, developmental disorders, and high risk of infection) in comparison with term-delivered, breast milk-fed infants.

Exercise Physiology Laboratory

Major research issues in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory include, but are not limited to:

  • The effects of exercise on hypertension, lipoprotein levels, glucose tolerance, obesity, and other heart disease risk factors.
  • The effects of exercise and hormone status on bone density
  • The effects of exercise on the aging process.

Human Performance Laboratory

Researchers in the Human Performance Laboratory are conducting ongoing studies related to exercise energy metabolism, athletic performance and body composition.

The Kindergarten Readiness Research Program

Dr. Megan McClelland's research, along with the work of many others, continues to show that early self-regulation skills (or the conscious control of thoughts, feelings and behavior) are important for academic success. The Kindergarten Readiness Research Program team works to develop ways to both measure and improve self-regulation skills in young children.

Muscle Physiology Lab

The Muscle Physiology Lab is custom designed for analyzing the mechanical properties of skinned muscle cells.

Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics Research Laboratory

The Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics Research Laboratory uses a variety of bioinstrumentation to characterize work-related physical exposures and investigate their relationships with adverse health outcomes with an ultimate goal of promoting health and well-being at workplaces.  We conduct both laboratory and field-based research studies to investigate underlying musculoskeletal injury mechanism in various work environment from computer work to semi-truck driving.

Occupational Safety and Health Laboratory

The Occupational Safety and Health Laboratory uses a variety of tools and methods to investigate workplace hazards and environmental pollutants on safety and health outcomes in working populations and communities. The goal of this research is to develop and test targetted interventions that serve to create healthy communities and individuals, and to improve worker safety in high risk industries.

SEARCH Research Lab

The SEARCH Research Lab nvestigates the elements of responsive, engaging and effective adult-child interactions. Within these types of interactions, the lab aims to identify ways in which to support child behaviors, emotional expression, and stress and frustration coping. The lab focuses on parent and teacher interactions with children from 12 months to 6 years of age.

Skeletal Biology Laboratory

Researchers in the Skeletal Biology Laboratory develop exercise programs across the life span to promote bone health and prevent osteoporosis-related fractures.

The Spatial Health Lab

The Spatial Health Lab carries out research related to health and place. It uses geographic information systems (GIS), remotely sensing data, and primary data collection methods to conduct spatial exposure assessments for a wide range of environmental and social factors, such as air pollution, green space, land use, walkability and community belonging. These exposure methods are used within risk assessments as well as large epidemiological studies to examine associations with health outcomes (e.g. birth outcomes, lung function, cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, etc.).

Sport and Exercise Psychology Laboratory

The Sport and Exercise Psychology Laboratory is central to every phase of the sport and exercise psychology research projects conducted by faculty and students.

Sports Pedagogy Laboratory

The Sports Pedagogy Laboratory is dedicated to research on teaching and learning in physical education and sport. In addition, it serves as a support center for students pursuing a K-12 teaching license in Physical education, and it serves as a resource center for physical education teachers in the region with its library of curricular and instructional resources.

Physical Activity Assessment Laboratory

The Physical Activity Assessment Laboratory is utilized for research projects related to assessment of free-living physical activity and/or energy expenditure in a variety of population groups. The lab also serves as a home-base for research staff working on community-based physical activity and obesity prevention intervention projects.