Centers & Institutes

CSUSB maintains a number of officially recognized Institutes and Centers with each of them focusing on leveraging faculty, staff, and student expertise for the benefit of the region we serve.

Below is a brief description of all officially approved CSUSB centers and institutes with contact information and website links.

Formation and Creation of Institutes and Centers

Approved Centers

The Center on Aging is committed to interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts in research, educational programs and service to the community. The center's mission is to facilitate basic and applied research to enhance the quality of life of older adults and their families in Southern California; to train and educate professionals on best practices for serving older adults, and to advocate on behalf of older adults and their families.
Director:  Eric Vogelsang,, 537-5575
Visit the Center on Aging Website

The Community Counseling Center is a service and training clinic housed in the Department of Psychology. The CCC has two purposes: 1) To provide low-cost or free counseling service to individuals from the community; 2) To provide a training site for graduate student therapists-in-training.
Director: Christina Hassija 909-537-5569
Visit the CSUSB Community Counseling Center Website

The center provides program development, research, evaluation, and training for teachers working in prisons and juvenile institutions. It publishes the Journal of Correctional Education, and conducts major assessment studies, program evaluation, and program development activities under contract with clients such as the California Department of Education, The California Department of Corrections and Youth Authority, as well as with institutions overseas.
Director: Alexandra Cavallaro 909-537-3831
Visit the Center for the Study of Correctional Education Website

The Criminal Justice Research Center provides expertise and research assistance to criminal justice agencies and organizations. The center develops funded research projects involving faculty and students that focus on criminal justice policy issues concerning local and regional agencies and the conduct of program evaluations and community impact studies. It houses the Crime Prevention Analysis Lab, which supports and conducts research focusing on public space, using a variety of tools and methods not commonly used in the criminal justice field. Research involves both community-wide crime mapping and place-intensive methods to assist agencies and community groups in developing crime prevention solutions.
Director: Gisela Bichler 909-537-5510
Visit the Center for Criminal Justice Research Website

The Cybersecurity Center's mission is to provide an exceptional education for the next generation of cybersecurity leaders for our region and our country.
The California State University, San Bernardino Cybersecurity Center is the leader in developing applied and innovative education in cybersecurity that provides
superior preparation for student success. 
Director: Tony Coulson 909-537-7535
Visit the Information Assurance and Security Management Cyber Security Center Website

The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship is the result of several years of planning, curriculum development, and partnership building by members of the faculty and administration in the College of Business and Public Administration at California State University, San Bernardino. IECE has focused its programs and services in three areas: 1) Entrepreneurship education; 2) Experiential learning and student internships; and 3) Small business and entrepreneurial assistance. IECE offers business consulting services, student internship resources, and entrepreneurial training programs that help small businesses and entrepreneurs in the community achieve greater levels of success in their business ventures. The IECE is currently under contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Commerce-SBA, and Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and private sector funders to deliver services to special small business constituencies. Its subordinate units include the Women's Business Center, the Family Business Center, and the International Motorsports Alliance.
Director: Michael Stull 909-537-3708
Visit the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship Website

The Center for Global Management is created in order to facilitate developing programs in international business and public administration and supports regional internationalization efforts for the benefit of the faculty, the students, and the local international communities.
Co-Director: Vipin Gupta 909-537-7380
Co-Director: Frank Lin 909-537-5700
Visit the Center for Global Management Website: Coming soon!

The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino is a non-partisan organization that conducts research, formulates policies and engages in community partnerships to: 1) eliminate violent activities that undermine the stability of pluralistic democracy; and 2) resolve and eliminate conflict and violence on account of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation and immigration status.
Director: Brian Levin 909-537-7711
Visit the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism Website

The Center for Health Equity (formerly Center for the Promotion of Health Disparities Research and Training) will promote and accelerate faculty research at CSUSB in health disparities through mentorship and training from nationally recognized health disparities scientists. It will also provide a link between health disparities-related community organizations and university members; advance the number of CSUSB students seeking graduate careers in health disparities, and disseminate CSUSB faculty research and scholarship in the area of health disparities.
Director: T. Dood-Butera 909-537-7241
Co-Director: Caroline Vickers 909-537-5684
Visit the Center for the Promotion of Health Disparities Website

The university offers a certificate program in Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples Studies, overseen by the Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The course work provides students with a broad introduction to Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples, creating a foundation for students to pursue advanced study or possible in employment in related fields. The curriculum is multidisciplinary, bringing together a diverse faculty of specialists. Core courses focus Indigenous cultures, history, cultural resource management and preservation, sovereignty, world systems analysis and the arts. Students then select courses in consultation with the certificate coordinator in order to meet both the certificate requirements and their own individual interests.
Director: James V. Fenelon 909-537-7291
Visit The Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies Website

The International Institute develops programs to enhance intercultural communications and understanding. It provides coordination, facilitation, and support of campus-wide faculty and student international program development and supports regional internationalization efforts, international business and exchange programs.
Interim Director: Ge-Yao Liu 909-537-5193 Faculty Director:  Hyun-Kyoung Oh 
Visit the Center for International Studies and Programs Website

Established in September 2005, it is a teaching and research center to serve the region, and the California State University system to support the development of cross-disciplinary language programs in Arabic, Turkish, and Farsi and research on issues related to the Middle East in world affairs.
Director: Ece Algan, 909-537-3778
Interim Director: Ahlam Muhtaseb 909-537-3778
Visit the Center of Islamic and Middle East Studies Website

The Center for Labor Studies is the site of an innovative partnership among the economic social advancement in the Inland Empire. The Center develops knowledge about the labor market in the Inland Empire, disseminates this knowledge in a way that contributes to social and economics advancement, and focuses the skills and energies of the members of the CSUSB community on issues relevant to labor in the Inland Empire. Importantly, the Center gives CSUSB students opportunities for research and extracurricular activities that enhances their intellectual and personal development and will permit them to undertake leadership roles in the Inland Empire and beyond.
Director: Eric Nilsson 909-537-5564
Visit the Center for Labor Studies website

The vision of Bill and Barbara Leonard was to create a center that focuses on the transportation opportunities and challenges the Inland Empire faces.
Today, the LTC is working to build a research and student engagement program. Our focal points include transportation management and governance issues,
the development of new technologies, and transnational studies. Our vision is to work collaboratively to seek solutions to assist residents, businesses, government and nonprofit agencies,
and international partners to work together on improving sustainability and life in the Inland Empire.  
Director: Dr. Kimberly Collins 909-537-5094 
Visit the Leonard Transportation Center Website

The Center for the Enhancement of Mathematics Education identifies, analyzes and addresses the needs of mathematics teachers in the Inland Empire. The Center has taken the lead in developing collaborative grant proposals for mathematics, science and technology education with the San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools and K-12 school districts within the Inland Empire Region and currently manages the regional California Mathematics Project and a National Science Foundation Noyce Scholars program.
Director: Jeremy Aikin 909-537-7574
Visit the Center for the Enhancement of Mathematics Education Website

The College of Arts & Letters Media Arts Center is dedicated to the creation, production, and analysis of the media arts. It serves the region, the CSU, and the nation by providing a focus for interdisciplinary activities. The center's interests encompass film studies, video, photography, design, performance, music, press releases/articles, scripts/screenwriting, and all other print and electronic arts that are used to communicate messages. The CAL-MAC supports the development of cross-disciplinary curricula, scholarship, artistic projects, activities, and outreach.
Visit the Media Arts Center Website

The Center for Prose Studies was established to remedy the lack of a rigorous collective effort devoted to the product of expository writing instruction and of the prose itself.
Visit the Center for Prose Studies Website

The CSUSB Center for the Advancement of Second Language Acquisition provides workshops for Inland Empire teachers to enhance their skills. The center presents programs honoring K-12 student achievements and provides enrichment activities. It also provides scholarships for students and teachers to attend summer seminars at UC Santa Barbara.
Director: Rafael Correa 909-537-5849
Visit the Center for the Advancement of Second Language Acquisition Website

The Center for Teaching English Learners serves as a resource center for prospective and practicing teachers whose classroom teaching is impacted by the presence of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners and who seek innovative strategies for teaching English; as a materials development laboratory for educational master's projects in the area of teaching English to speakers of other languages, as a resource and referral service for partnership school districts who seek training for teachers, and as locus for initiation of grant proposals in the area of providing high-quality education for English learners.
Director: Lynne Diaz-Rico 909-537-5658
Visit the Center for Teaching English Learners Website

The UCDD provides evaluation, assessment, training, and support for autistic children, their parents and siblings. This is a clinical training program in the College of Education which focuses on Special Education credential programs in cooperation with the departments of Nursing, Social Work, and Psychology. The clinical program is under contract with the County Regional Center for client services.
Director: Dwight Sweeney 909-537-5495
Visit the University Center for Developmental Disabilities Website

The Literacy Center offers tutoring in reading, writing, and oral language for students across the K-12 grade levels as well as adults seeking empowerment and better life opportunities through literacy. Trained staff members pinpoint specific and general needs of children, adolescents and adults then design and implement remedial programs based on each individual's needs. This assessment and the instructional emphasis is complemented by a research component.
Director: Andrea Street, 909-537-2665
Visit the Watson and Associates Literacy Center Website

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Approved Institutes

The institutes was established in 1985 to meet the information needs of policy and decision-makers in the Inland Empire. It conducts applied business, social and public policy research, and has contracted survey research, marketing studies, general research and evaluation for state and local government, and private sectors. The institute holds partnership in the Inland Empire Research Consortium with UCR Center for Social Research. Its monthly Inland Empire purchasing manager reports are funded by local media and businesses.
Director: Barbara Sirotnik 909-537-5729
Visit the Institute of Applied Research and Policy Analysis Website

The Institute for Child Development and Family Relations has four active units: 1) A model laboratory school, which serves both typically and atypically developed infants through kindergarten-age children; 2) A child assessment and development center, which provides assessment and diagnostic services for families; 3) A parenting and family relations resources center, which provides education, training and child and family counseling to the community; and 4) The existing University Center for Developmental Disabilities, which serves children with autism and other pervasive developmental disabilities and their families. The Institute also houses a number of clinical and research programs, including Community University Initiative for the Development of Attention and Readiness (CUIDAR) and the SART Pediatric Assessment Referral and Treatment Center with the County First 5 Commission.
Director: Mark Agars 537-3844 909-537-3679
Visit the Institute for Child Development and Family Relations Website

he mission of the Palm Springs Institute for Environmental Sustainability is to improve the quality of life in the Coachella Valley through research, education and advocacy on issues pertaining to environmental sustainability. The institute strives to be the premier community partnership for providing research data, consumer information, and practical recommendations regarding environmental sustainability in the Coachella Valley.
Director: Robert Phalen 909-537-5393
Visit the Palm Springs Institute for Environmental Sustainability Website

The mission of the ICSI is to promote the study, analysis and policies associated with the region's commerce and allied security activities. Further, the ICSI will become a center of excellence serving the commerce and security needs and aspirations of our students, faculty and community.
Director: C.E. Tapie Rohm, Jr. 909-537-5786
Visit the New Website Coming Soon!

The institute promotes an interdisciplinary scholarly focus on teaching and learning and how they may be improved. It seeks to formulate scholarly projects, generate financial and other support, allocate research funds, and otherwise serve as an advocate for scholarly attention on learning. Activities include bringing in local and national speakers, offering advice on relevant measures and assessments, promoting a research report series on learning at CSUSB, and conducting both immediate and long-term research projects.
Director: Jason Reimer 909-537-5578
Co-Director: Hideya Koshino 909-537-5435
Visit the Learning Research Institute Website

The Institute for Research, Assessment & Professional Development provides opportunities across the three domains of the institute (i.e., research, assessment, professional development) to enhance collaborations between program areas, faculty, graduate students and partnering activities with community agencies, such as the Department of Rehabilitation, Veterans Affairs, School Districts, Department of Corrections, and related community agencies. Services include (1) Comprehensive Vocational Evaluations and Situational Assessments for individuals receiving services from the Department of Rehabilitation and (2) Neurofeedback interventions for the treatment of ADD/ADHD, anxiety, autism/Asperger's syndrome (mild-moderate), academic/performance enhancement, cognitive decline, conduct disorder, depression, stroke, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other conditions. Neurofeedback, also known as cognitive rehabilitation or EEG biofeedback, is a ground-breaking technique that challenges the brain to better function. This powerful brain-based technique has been successfully helping clients around the world for more than 30 years. It is a noninvasive process with dramatic results for a multitude of symptoms. The effectiveness of neurofeedback for adults and children with a wide variety of symptoms has been repeatedly concluded in numerous research studies. Neurofeedback works by training the brain to function at its maximum potential, which is similar to the way the body is exercised, toned and maintained. The technology is safe and effective for children and adults ages 5 to 95.
Director: Connie McReynolds 909-537-5453 / 909-537-5681
Visit the Institute for Research, Assessment & Professional Development Website

The Water Resources Institute supports, coordinates and conducts regional and state wide policy analysis and research in all water-related areas. It has an extensive collection of current Geographic Information System-based data and historical records related to water, including aspects such as water rights, quantity, quality, treatment, and management. The institute also provides instruction in the form of federally-funded education programs, workshops, courses, certificates, and degree programs in water resources.
Director: Boykin Witherspoon 909-537-7668 and Suzie Earp 537-7683 
Visit the Water Resource Institute Website

Bridges public administration theory and practice.  RIPMG provides the setting within which students and scholars can explore their ideas on improving governance and democratic habits. 
The Institute connects academic research and experiences to the needs of the community and public service.

Director:  Alexandru Roman - Associate:  Ann Johnson; Thomas McWeeney 

Visit the Research Institute for Public Management and Governance

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The California Council of Economic Education office houses the statewide headquarters of the California Council on Economics Education. The office supports and encourages programs that provide K-12 teacher training in the economics method-enhancing K-12 economics curricular offerings to include information on the U.S. economy, the world economic system, and the economics content of various social and political issues.
Director: R. J. Charkins 909-537-5553
Visit the California Council on Economic Education Website