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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

Center on Aging

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 909-537-5575
Visit the Center on Aging Website

Community Counseling Center, CSUSB

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: Brian Levin 909-537-5569
Visit the CSUSB Community Counseling Center Website

Center for the Study of Correctional Education

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

CSUSB Center for Criminal Justice Research

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

Cybersecurity Center

The mission of the IASM Center is to promote and study the application of information security management, computer forensics and other related information assurance topics. This center brings together faculty from related disciplines with government and industry for the purposes of research, curriculum development, training and awareness. 
Director: Tony Coulson 909-537-5768
Visit the Cyber Security Center Website

Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship

The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) supports and celebrates Entrepreneurship & Small Business through innovative programs and educational resources. IECE coordinates academic programs that lead to business degrees in Entrepreneurship for undergraduate and graduate students as well as delivering experiential learning and student support programs such as the Fast Pitch Competition, CSUSB Innovation Challenge Competition and Catalyst Startup Accelerator.  In the local community, IECE offers existing and aspiring entrepreneurs a wide array of business advisory and mentoring services and entrepreneurial training programs that help them achieve greater levels of success in their business ventures. Leading programs include the Women’s Business Center, Small Business Development Center and State Trade Expansion Program. In addition, IECE plays a key role in the community through advocacy efforts, most notably through the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards, which recognizes the leading businesses of the Inland Empire at the region’s largest annual business event.

IECE was recognized internationally by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and received the Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge Award for demonstrating leadership in creating (and incubating) cutting-edge business innovations through enriched student learning and experiential education; which ranked them among the top 35 entrepreneurship programs globally.
Director: Michael Stull 909-537-5708
Visit the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship Website

Center for Global Management

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 909-537-5787
Visit the Center for Global Management Website

Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism

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

Center for Health Equity

The 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: Teresa Dodd-Butera 909-537-7241 
Co-Director: Caroline Vickers 909-537-5684
Visit the Center for Health Equity Website

The Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies

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

Center for International Studies and Programs

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

Center of Islamic and Middle East Studies

Established in September 2005, it is a teaching and research center to serve the region, and the California State University system by supporting 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: Ahlam Muhtaseb 909-537-7469
Visit the Center of Islamic and Middle East Studies Website

Center for Labor Studies

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

Leonard Transportation Center

Founded in 2006, the center was created through a multi-year grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and matched with funding from the California Department of Transportation. The center primarily attends to the Inland Empire's transportation needs, while serving as a focal point within the region to maximize the impact of local transportation initiatives. One focus is on the policies and practices that impact effective movements of people and goods within and through the Inland Empire. The center's national and regional objectives are threefold: 1) Basic and applied research, the products of which are judged by peers or other experts in the field of transportation to advance the body of knowledge in transportation; 2) An education program relating to transportation that includes multidisciplinary course work and participation in research; and 3) An ongoing technology transfer program that makes transportation research results available to potential users in a form that can be implemented. The theme of the center is Decision-Making and Management of Transportation Systems. 
Director: Dr. Kimberly Collins 909-537-5094
Visit the Leonard Transportation Center Website

CSUSB Center for the Enhancement of Mathematics Education

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: Madeleine Jetter 909-537-5377
Visit the Center for the Enhancement of Mathematics Education Website

Media Arts Center (CAL MAC) (Inactive)

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.

Center for Prose Studies (Inactive)

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. 

Center for Teaching English Learners

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

University Center for Developmental Disabilities

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 

Watson and Associates Literacy Center

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 instructional emphasis is complemented by a research component. 
Interim Director: Andrea Street 909-537-2665
Visit the Watson and Associates Literacy Center Website

Approved Institutes

Institute of Applied Research and Policy Analysis

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

Institute for Child Development and Family Relations

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 909-537-5433
Visit the Institute for Child Development and Family Relations Website

Palm Springs Institute for Environmental Sustainability (Inactive)

The 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. 

Learning Research Institute

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

Institute for Research, Assessment & Professional Development

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
Visit the Institute for Research, Assessment & Professional Development Website

Research Institute for Public Management and Governance

The mission of RIPMG is to bridge public administration theory and practice. RIPMG will provide the setting within which students and scholars can explore their ideas on improving governance and democratic habits. The Institute will also connect academic research and experiences to the needs of the community and public service. 
Director: Alexandru Roman 909-537-5762
Associate Director: Ann Johnson 909-537-7664
Associate Director: Thomas McWeeney 909-537-5761
Visit the Institute for Public Management & Governance Website

Water Resources Institute

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: Suzanne Earp 909-537-7683
Co-Director: Boykin Witherspoon 909-537-7685
Visit the Water Resource Institute Website

Similar Organizations

California Council on Economic Education

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