Research Centers & Labs

Initiatives for the Greater Good

Our research centers and labs are among UVA’s essential points of convergence for interdisciplinary research. The dedicated staff of each collective galvanizes progress and discovery, enriching communities across the globe with their findings.

Research Centers
Center for Effective Lawmaking

Center for Effective Lawmaking

Holds our representatives in Congress accountable for real results by demonstrating each individual’s effectiveness in moving legislation forward.

Global Policy Center

Global Policy Center

Builds a network of students with international experience to change the global landscape after graduation.

National Security Policy Center

National Security Policy Center

Facilitates informed communication and strategy to cultivate international peace and successful U.S. foreign policy.

Social Entrepreneurship @ UVA

Social Entrepreneurship @ UVA

Empowers students across Grounds to create and participate in profitable and socially beneficial ventures.

Center for Health Policy

Center for Health Policy

Brings the medical and policy communities together to improve health outcomes nationally and internationally.

Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming

Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming

Engages Batten and beyond in simulations of policy decisions applied in specific communities.

Center for Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness

Center for Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness

Convenes researchers to improve education outcomes and competitiveness of labor in the era of globalization.

Labs

Behavioral Lab

Focuses on interpersonal dynamics and organizational behavior, conducting experiments to better understand how people act in interdependent contexts.

Judgement and Decisions Experimental Lab

Integrates several behavioral regulators to examine the organizational, social, and psychological forces that influence the decision-making process.

Social Behavior and Decision Lab

Investigates social judgment and self-regulation in a multitude of social contexts, including competition, reciprocity, and the interplay of group and individual goal pursuit.

Social Cognition and Behavior Lab

Researches how social identity affects behavior, developing viable ways for individuals to cope with challenging intergroup exchanges and social diversity at large.