Children's Research Center
The Children’s Research Center (CRC) was founded in January 1982 to facilitate research on how children develop and learn.
Within the CRC, there are eleven individual labs currently conducting research on infant and child development. Our research examines a broad range of topics, including the development of cognition and language, parent-child interaction, social stereotypes, and cultural influences on development. Research projects at the CRC are funded primarily through federal grants and private foundations.
In addition, the CRC provides training to approximately 150 undergraduate students per year. Their close work with both graduate students and faculty on specific research projects prepares them to pursue advanced degrees and professional careers working with children.
See Programs of Research for more information.
2017 rings in a new era for our work, as we have been officially designated as a research center. Our new name is the Children’s Research Center, formerly the Children’s Research Lab. This is exciting news for us because it more accurately reflects our mission-driven work, which includes improving early childhood programs, increasing our ability to provide services for families in the community, and strengthening our place on the national stage by being a leader in the field of children’s research.
“Our center designation will help to foster collaboration between our areas of research, help us to strategically align our vision for the future, and increase our ability to be more competitive in obtaining funding,” says Amy Booth, the Director of the CRC. “This will enable us to advance our knowledge of how to better serve children and their families and promote their highest level of fulfillment.”
The Hakes Library, named for Professor David Hakes, a developmental psycholinguist and chair of the developmental psychology program, is located on the first floor of the CRC. Supported entirely by private donations, the Hakes Library provides up-to-date journals and books in developmental psychology for students at the CRC. Graduate seminars are held in the library, and it is also the site of the developmental area’s seminar series in which speakers from UT and communities across the country present their current research.
Since the CRC opened in 1982, over 15,000 infants, children, and parents from diverse backgrounds have volunteered to participate in our research. All of our studies are approved by the UT Institutional Review Board (IRB), which is mandated by the federal government to evaluate all research projects for safety and adherence to strict ethical standards. Children typically enjoy participating in our research and parents report the experience to be interesting and informative. Many agree to participate in more than one study and often recommend the CRC to their friends or neighbors.
We offer free, convenient parking in front of our main doors, a toy-filled lobby, and childcare for siblings while parents are participating in our studies with another child. In order to accommodate working parents, we also offer flexible hours of operation, which for most studies, include evenings and weekends.
The majority of our studies involve parents bringing their children to our lab for a single 30- to 60-minute session. Parents may stay with their children at all times or can observe through a one-way mirror. We try to avoid contacting parents more than once every two months, but you may participate in our studies as often as your child is eligible.
We are currently looking for volunteer participants from birth- to 15-years of age. If you are interested in having your child participate in one of our studies or have any questions, you can call us at (512) 471-6261, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our online form. We will contact you as soon as your child is eligible for one of our research studies to see if you are interested at that time. In the meantime, we appreciate your referrals!
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Phone: (512) 471-6261
Address: 108 E. Dean Keeton Street
(Please park on Speedway, directly in front of the CRC entrance in the spots marked Reserved F87 Permit Parking)
We are located in the Seay Psychology building at the corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway at the University of Texas. The entrance to the Children's Research Center is on the west side of Speedway, just north of Dean Keeton. Parking is directly in front of the Children's Research Center entrance. You will receive a parking permit upon your arrival at the center. The CRC is also accessible using public transportation. You will find specific Capital Metro bus stop locations and prices, along with driving directions, below.
Routes on Capital Metro Buses
• The stop for bus 5 northbound from South Austin is east of Speedway on Dean Keeton.
• The stop for bus 7 is on the northwest corner of San Jacinto and Dean Keeton.
• The stop for bus 21 is on Dean Keeton.
• The stop for bus 22 is on the northeast corner of Speedway and Dean Keeton.
Children 5 and younger, accompanied by an adult, ride free. Qualified riders can also apply for a reduced fare ID card to receive a half-price fare.
|Single ride, Reduced:||$.60|
|Day pass, Reduced:||$1.25|
|31-day pass, Reduced:||$20.60|
Directions on S. Mopac (Loop 1) coming from the north
Take the 35th Street exit. Turn right on 35th Street and continue to Guadalupe Street. Turn right onto Guadalupe Street and continue to the stoplight at 27th Street and turn left. Continue to the stop sign at Speedway and turn right. Park on the west side of Speedway in the spots marked F87.
Directions on N. Mopac (Loop 1) coming from the south
Take the Windsor Road exit. Turn left onto Windsor Road. Windsor Road turns into 24th Street. Take 24th Street to Guadalupe Street and turn left. Continue to the stoplight at 27th street and turn right. Continue to the stop sign at Speedway and turn right. Park on the west side of Speedway in the spots marked F87.
Directions on I-35 S. coming from the north
Take Exit 235A University of Texas/MLK/15th Street. Turn right on MLK Blvd. Stay to the right. Immediately veer right onto Red River Street. Continue to the stoplight at Dean Keeton (formerly 26th Street) and turn left. Drive under the walkway overpass to the stoplight on Speedway and turn right. Park on the west side of Speedway in the spots marked F87.
Directions on I-35 N. coming from the south
Take Exit 235A University of Texas/MLK/15th Street. Take a left onto MLK Blvd. Immediately veer right onto Red River. Continue to the stoplight at Dean Keeton (formerly 26th Street) and turn left. Drive under the walkway overpass to the stoplight on Speedway and turn right. Park on the west side of Speedway in the spots marked F87.
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