Dec 09, 2023  
2013-2015 University Catalog 
2013-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Research Centers

California Desert Studies Center

McCarthy Hall 104 N, M

The California Desert Studies Center, which is located in the Mojave National Preserve at Zzyzx, California, 11 miles southwest of Baker, California on I-15, is a moderately equipped field station of the California State University system. The center provides opportunities for individuals and groups to conduct research, receive instruction, and experience the desert environment. The center manages 1,280 acres under a cooperative management agreement with the Department of Interior.

As the gateway to the entire Mojave National Preserve and Death Valley National Park, there is easy access to fossil sites, remains of Indian villages, historical wagon trails, old army forts, mining sites, and the salt flats of Silurian and Soda Dry Lakes. Research and educational offerings include the Kelso Sand Dunes; Devil’s Playground; Cima Volcanic Field; Cima Dome; the Providence, Granite and New York mountain ranges, and Landfair and Ivanpah Valleys.

The Desert Studies Center can accommodate 70 individuals in dormitory-style rooms. There is also a multi-station kitchen, bathhouse, laboratory, computer lab, two classrooms and a modest library. The center is a wireless facility with satellite uplink.

For more information, contact the Desert Studies office, at 657-278-2428 or email

Catalyst Center for the Advancement of Research in Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science

McCarthy Hall 527
Director: Dr. Michael E. Loverude

The Catalyst Center for the Advancement of Research in Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science brings together science and math education experts from the colleges of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Education to advance research in teaching and learning across the entire spectrum of math and science education, from preschool through graduate education and including informal education.

The Catalyst Center disseminates research that informs policy and practice in four key areas:

  • Research on Teaching and Learning in Math and Science focuses on improving understanding of the ways students learn math and science, and best practices for teaching STEM subjects with the ultimate goal of improving achievement in pre-K-graduate math and science students (including cyberlearning).
  • Research on Recruitment and Preparation of Math and Science Teachers focuses on the identification of innovative and effective strategies for recruiting and preparing high quality pre-K-14 math and science teachers.
  • Research on Enriching the Professional Development and Experience of Teachers focuses on identifying best practices in designing, implementing, and evaluating meaningful professional development experiences for math and science pre-K-14 teachers.
  • Program Evaluation on Math and Science Education objectives are to establish the Catalyst Center as a leader in developing and implementing evaluation approaches that robustly assess success of math and science education projects and programs; and to improve dissemination of program evaluation findings for grants and projects to inform local, regional and national education communities.

Center for Applied Biotechnology Studies

McCarthy Hall 282
657-278-3426 (fax)

The Center for Applied Biotechnology Studies is an interdisciplinary organization that provides research, consulting opportunities and services to the local and state biotechnology/biomedical communities through its applied research activities and work-force-oriented educational program. The goals of the center are: (1) to contribute to educational programs that will support workforce development in biotechnology with emphasis on such areas as biocomputing, biodevices, bioengineering and biopharmaceutics; (2) to create an environment where applied research by faculty and students is a primary objective; and (3) to foster interactions with biotechnology-biomedical industry locally, regionally and statewide.

The activities of the Center for Applied Biotechnology Studies are expected to increase the number of Cal State Fullerton students entering the biotechnology/biomedical workforce in Orange County and elsewhere, increase the number of applied research projects, increase the frequency of technology transfers into the biotechnology sector, and to become a vehicle for increased biotechnology/biomedical information flow between the University and the private sector. For more information, contact Dr. Marcelo Tolmasky at 657-278-5263.

Center for Autism

The CSUF Center for Autism is dedicated to research, education and service in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Two cores constitute the Center for Autism. The Applied Developmental Core in the College of Health and Human Development focuses on understanding developmental processes in autism and promoting competence and wellbeing in children with ASD and their families. The Education Core in the College of Education equips teacher candidates in utilizing evidence-based supports for learners with ASD across the life-span. Major emphases of the center include research, empirically-based practice, and the application of research findings to assessment, advocacy, intervention and professional training. The Center for Autism website is located at

Applied Developmental Core contact information
Location: Education Classroom-560
Phone Number: 657-278-7891
Education Core contact information
Location: College Park-570
Phone Number: 657-278-8623

The Center for Boys and Men

The Center for Boys and Men promotes research and community outreach in areas related to the psychological well-being of boys and men. The center facilitates scholarly work on male gender role norms and diverse forms of masculinity and how they intersect with mental health. The center also provides programs and trainings for local professionals in schools, mental health agencies, hospitals, and independent practice to help them respond to the mental health needs of boys and men. Special emphasis is given to issues where male gender norms affect the diverse communities within Southern California.

Center for Cancer Disparaties Research

Kinesiology and Health Science 254

The Center for Cancer Disparities Research was established in 2006 to address the increasing burden of cancer health disparities. In the U.S. cancer is the second most common cause of death, with ethnically diverse and other medically underserved populations disproportionately affected due to factors such as lack of access to care, unavailability of quality care and treatment, lifestyle/prevention factors, language barriers and poverty. The mission of the center is to promote scholarship and creative activities to improve the cancerrelated health of diverse and underserved populations in Orange County. Please contact Dr. Archana McEligot, center director, in Health Science 254, at 657-278-3822 (

Center for Children Who Stutter

College Park 150

The Center for Children Who Stutter provides assessment and treatment for young children who stutter. These very young children require state-of-the-art prevention and treatment provided by professionals who are experts in stuttering.

Education and research to improve services for children who stutter are also goals of the center. The center was a logical extension of a four-year study (1992-1996) funded by the National Institutes of Health, which provided guidance in the selection of assessment and treatment approaches and access to the families of children who stutter in our service area.

The center provides internships for students who are in the Communicative Disorders master’s program. Also, workshops are available for practicing speech pathologists to update their knowledge of fluency disorders.

The Center for Children Who Stutter is supported by the Department of Human Communication Studies and the College of Communications. The center works closely with the National Stuttering Association, a self-help group for people who stutter, and the Stuttering Foundation of America.

Center for Community Collaboration

Educational Classroom 685

The Center for Community Collaboration at California State University, Fullerton seeks to strengthen children, youth and families in collaboration with public agencies and community-based organizations through the support of the College of Human Development and Community Service.

The center focuses on the ever-evolving education and practice needs of the community by: (1) providing the highest quality learning opportunities through partnerships with other agencies or organizations to offer interdisciplinary training workshops and certificate programs for human services, community health and education professionals; (2) supporting applied scholarship, collaborative research, and dissemination of knowledge that informs, supports and strengthens the community such as collecting research data, identifying community needs, resources, funding streams, services and results; and (3) assisting the capacity building of communities with training and technical assistance in areas such as promising practices, outcomes assessment, and as an information resource on policy issues for organizations serving children, youth and families.

A highly regarded external advisory board, a multidisciplinary team of faculty from the College of Health and Human Development, and other units from the campus work to implement these goals.

For more information about the center, please contact Michelle Berelowitz at 657-278-5681.

Center for Corporate Reporting and Governance

Langsdorf Hall 555

The Center for Corporate Reporting and Governance was formed in the wake of high-profile corporate scandals and the subsequent passage of the landmark Sarbanes-Oxley Act, in order to address the issues facing business and auditors in today’s changing financial environment. The center’s advisory board consists of managing partners of the Orange County offices of the Big 4, Grant Thornton, and regional accounting firms. The center hosts annual SEC conferences, publishes research on corporate governance and reporting, and provides training for senior management and boards.

The center also organizes seminars on issues relating to reporting, corporate governance and ethics.

Center for Demographic Research

College Park 750

The Center for Demographic Research was established in 1996 to ensure Orange County continues its presence in the development and support of demographic information. The center is sponsored and governed by the County of Orange, Orange County Sanitation District, Orange County Transportation Authority, Transportation Corridor Agencies, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Orange County Water District, Orange County Council of Governments, Southern California Association of Governments, Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission and California State University, Fullerton.

The center operates in partnership with CSUF, and it makes its wealth of data readily available to faculty and student researchers, assists faculty in designing instructional activities in the field of demography, and draws upon faculty research and expertise in its project activities. Through such linkages, the center provides opportunities for CSUF and other institutions of higher education to benefit from participation in regional demographic concerns.

The center’s primary function is to produce estimates and projections for housing, population and employment for a variety of geographic areas within Orange County. These efforts support both operational and long-range planning activities of government agencies, other public or quasi-public agencies and private organizations. The center’s staff engages in a variety of collaborative activities and research including: regional planning efforts; transportation modeling data preparation; and professional support of county, city, special district, and local, non-profit agency planning and evaluation efforts.

Center for Economic Education

Steven G. Mihaylo Hall 3357

The Center for Economic Education at CSUF provides outreach programs in economic education for the Department of Economics. It is part of the network of California Centers affiliated with the California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) and with the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE). The major objective of the center is to promote and foster economic literacy in the schools (K-12), institutions of higher learning and in the community at large.

The center seeks to achieve these objectives through curriculum development and consultation, workshops and courses, materials dissemination and education research. The Center for Economic Education is part of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.

Center for Entertainment and Tourism Communications

College Park 460-11/12

The purpose of the Center for Entertainment and Tourism Communications is to facilitate effective collaboration between the CSUF College of Communications and tourism and entertainment stakeholders by fostering education and scholarship among faculty, students and professionals, and the partnership between academia and industry. The center’s primary responsibilities are strengthening the college’s relationship with the Orange County and California visitor and entertainment industry through student internships and placement, faculty research engagement, and professional development and training. As the leading voice on communications issues, research and trends critical to the progress of Southern California’s entertainment and tourism professions, the center cultivates emerging communications talent with a strong faculty who are knowledgeable and committed to the advancement of industry leadership. For more information, contact the center’s co-directors, Don Anderson 657-278-4302 or Dr. Jim Collison 657-278-4329.

Center for Entrepreneurship

Steven G. Mihaylo Hall 4210 G

The purpose of the center is to develop skilled and knowledgeable entrepreneurial leaders who will successfully compete in the ever-changing business environment. The center supports entrepreneurial education and research at California State University, Fullerton and creates linkages to the region’s emerging growth companies. It serves as the focus for faculty, students, alumni entrepreneurs, and friends of the University to come together and create an exciting, high-energy entrepreneurial culture. The center also aims to have cross-disciplinary links to other CSUF colleges.

Center for Ethnographic Cultural Analysis

McCarthy Hall 422

The Center for Ethnographic Cultural Analysis combines training in ethnography (as a technique of observing, recording and writing about other cultures) with various forms of cultural analysis, both quantitative and qualitative. The center promotes innovative educational projects, conferences, seminars and workshops. It also serves as a resource for schools and businesses within the community that may wish to draw upon the expertise of anthropology students and faculty who are trained to observe, record and analyze the qualitative complexity of human behavior.

Center for Family Business

Steven G. Mihaylo Hall 5184

The Center for Family Business, established in 1995 within the CSUF Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, is a partnership between the business community and Cal State Fullerton. Its mission is to enhance the well-being and survivability of Southern California family businesses by providing opportunities for education, interaction and information tailored to the needs and concerns of family-owned businesses.

Center for Information Technology and Business Analytics

Mihaylo Hall 4170

The center’s mission is to be a source of innovation, communication and education in the field of business analytics and information technology. The center conducts workshops, seminars and other educational opportunities for its clients. The faculty and students associated with the center support businesses by providing consultation and other services. For more information, please contact the center’s director, Rahul Bhaskar at 949-572-1911.

Center for Insurance Studies

Steven G. Mihaylo Hall 4280

The Center for Insurance Studies (CIS) was established by the Department of Finance in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics in 1998, when Dr. Weili Lu was appointed director. The goal of the center is to create an organization that attracts and educates talented individuals who are committed to professional careers in the industry, including property, life, benefits, risk management, and health care components. The emphasis is on careers in actuarial science, claims, financial planning, insurance marketing, risk management, portfolio management, technology and underwriting. Operating strategies for CIS are constantly being developed and updated with the help of industry professionals. We also offer an actuary program and an insurance marketing entrepreneurship program, and a total of ten program courses. CIS presents a large number of scholarships each year that are available to business students. The Risk Management and Insurance Program created by the Center for Insurance Studies is now a concentration in the Finance Department. For more information, visit

Center for International Business

Steven G. Mihaylo Hall 4157B

The main objective of the center is to promote the internationalization of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics and its programs.

Specifically, the Center for International Business assists in creating and supporting study abroad programs for business students. The center also assists in creating and supporting faculty exchange programs with the college’s partner universities. It also supports the college’s faculty members in the creation and dissemination of research and teaching materials on international topics.

Through internships and outreach activities, the center supports the B.A. in International Business degree program. It also provides its assistance for students’ recruitment, placement, program development and program assessment.

The center collaborates with other centers within the College and also with centers and international associations at universities nationwide. It creates and supports educational and training programs in areas of its interest.

Center for International Partnerships in Education

College Park 570

The Center for International Partnerships in Education (C-IPED) promotes a global perspective and internationalization of curricula, programs and research in the College of Education. The center facilitates intercultural awareness and global competencies among faculty and students by:

  1. support of collaborative opportunities for international faculty and student research focusing on, but not limited to the areas of teacher education, educational leadership, and technology in education;
  2. recruitment of international students; and
  3. creation of international experiences in the field of education for CSUF students.

The center supports training teachers and educational leaders in a cross-cultural world to serve the regional diversity of Southern California. In response to an increasing number of requests for international partnerships in the areas of teacher education, higher education and educational technology, the College of Education has developed current international partnership opportunities at universities in Vietnam, Poland, South Africa, Korea and the Russian Federation. C-IPED will facilitate the development of these mutually beneficial working partnerships to support faculty and student participation in international professional activities. C-IPED will also support the dissemination of research in international journals that focuses on curriculum development, research-based best practices in education, and an overall global awareness in the field of education.

Center for Leadership

Steven G. Mihaylo Hall 5357-C

The vision of the Center for Leadership is to develop the leadership capacity of students and the Orange County community through education, training and outreach. Our mission is to develop leaders by planning and delivering cutting-edge curriculum and leadership development experiences to undergraduate, graduate and executive-level students, alumni and organizations in Orange County.

The Center for Leadership’s major initiatives include: a Leadership Scholars Program, Bringing Learning to Work, an annual Spring Leadership Conference, a new MBA concentration in organizational leadership, and the Managerial Interpersonal Skills Research Project.

To learn more, contact

Center for Maximizing Teacher Impact


The Center for Maximizing Teacher Impact works to put research into practice by uniting teacher education scholars across the College of Education in responding to the professional development and teacher assessment needs of local high-need schools and school districts. The center seeks to achieve this by utilizing the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards model as a framework for designing and implementing professional development programs, building professional coaching and mentoring capacity among local educators to support the continued growth of collegial examination of practice, and designing tools to evaluate effective practice.

Center for Oral and Public History

Pollak Library-South, Room 363

The Center for Oral and Public History was established in 2002 and takes the place of the Oral History Program, which originated in 1968. The center inherits the Oral History Program’s diverse 4,250 audio and video interviews relating largely to Orange County, Southern California, and the western United States. Tapes and/or transcriptions of these interviews are available for student or community use through the center’s office in Pollak Library-South, Room 363, Monday through Friday. An online catalog is being developed for accessing the center’s holdings. Oral history workshops are provided by the center, which offers oral history classes through the History Department and the Ruby Gerontology Center.

As part of its extended mission, the Center for Oral and Public History connects the University with broader audiences by promoting historical skills and services related to editing, archives and record management, family/community studies, historic preservation, documentary film production, policy analysis, heritage tourism and high-technology media. An important function of the center is to advise interested students on courses and majors to develop their knowledge and skills in public history.

In addition, the Center for Oral and Public History undertakes extensive grant and contract work through its research associates, sponsors a publication program and coordinates transcribing and binding/embossing services. The operation of the center is under the auspices of the History Department, with funding support from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Center for Public Policy

University Hall 511

The Center for Public Policy, located within the Division of Politics, Administration and Justice, is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to exploring solutions to the public policy issues of Orange County and the surrounding area served by Cal State Fullerton. The center conducts public opinion surveys on timely issues. The center also provides a setting for faculty research on applied issues relevant to our region. Finally, the center sponsors and co-sponsors public events that highlight the public policy challenges of the region, as well as possible solutions to the challenges. The director of the center is Dr. Stephen Stambaugh, chair, Division of Politics, Administration and Justice.

Center for Remote Sensing and Environmental Analysis

Geography Department
Humanities and Social Sciences 419

The Center for Remote Sensing and Environmental Analysis, housed in the Geography Department, was established in 2008 with funds from NASA and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s office. The center includes a 15-station remote sensing student learning center, and a three-station, state-of-the art advanced faculty-graduate student research and image processing facility. The goals of the center are to train undergraduate and graduate students for careers in the field of geospatial analysis and to provide technologically-advanced remote sensing tools for collaborative student-faculty research on environmental problems. Ongoing research projects involve urban forestry and watershed management in Orange County, tropical forest cover change in Malaysia and Brazil, and deglaciation impacts in the Himalayas. For further information, contact Dr. Jindong Wu,, Dr. Robert Voeks,, or Dr. Jonathan Taylor,

Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership

College Park 520

P-12 schools and colleges/universities in Orange and Los Angeles Counties partner with the College of Education to identify and respond to local problems and issues in schools. The center is a data-driven and solution-focused research center with a mission to identify short-term and long-term solutions to educational problems specific to educational leadership, practice, policy and change. Faculty, students, and community partners collaborate in research, evaluations, and efforts to eliminate the achievement gap.

Center for Sport Performance

Kinesiology and Health Science Building, Room192

The Center for Sport Performance conducts work to further knowledge of sport and also fosters a close collaboration between faculty, students and the community. This work enhances scholarly and creative activity while providing both undergraduate and graduate students with experiences outside the traditional classroom environment. The center maintains the preeminence of learning so integral to CSUF while providing a high quality program to meet the evolving needs of our diverse student body. In addition, the center also expands connections and partnerships with our region by engaging the community in a symbiotic relationship allowing us to teach students who will ultimately serve the community at large.

Center for Successful Aging

Kinesiology and Health Science 011
657-278-5666 (fax)

The Center for Successful Aging, through its educational, research, and service activities has as its mission the promotion of health and vitality, and the reduction of frailty and disability in later years. The specific goals of the center are to: (1) conduct interdisciplinary research on issues related to healthy aging; (2) provide professional training of students and health care practitioners working with older adults in a variety of settings; (3) offer a variety of health, psychological and functional assessments; (4) conduct a range of community-accessible programs based on the principles of whole person wellness; (5) collaborate and partner with community agencies and organizations to provide innovative programming and services aimed at improving the quality of life in later years; and (6) serve as an advocate for affecting public policy relative to healthy aging and fall risk reduction. Our whole person wellness programming is committed to helping older adults maintain a lifestyle that is of the highest quality attainable. A multidisciplinary team of faculty throughout the University works to implement these goals in collaboration with the director of the center, Dr. Debra Rose, professor of kinesiology.

Center for Sustainability

Langsdorf Hall 321A

The Center for Sustainability is the University’s prime mover for green initiatives around a sustainable approach to economic and social development, and environmental protection. The center coordinates efforts to raise awareness about sustainability and to increase the level of sustainability in campus operations and activities. The center promotes inclusion of sustainability-centered topics in the curriculum, assists with external grant-seeking by faculty and other members of the University community, conducts public education programs and facilitates faculty collaboration across academic disciplines. For more information, contact the director, Dr. John Bock, visit the center in Langsdorf Hall 321A, view the website at or our Facebook page at, email at, or call 657-278-4373.

Center for the Advancement of Responsible Youth Sport

Kinesiology and Health Science 133
657-278-5317 (fax)

The Center for the Advancement of Responsible Youth Sport, serving primarily Orange County, has as its mission the promotion of positive and developmentally appropriate sport and physical activity programs for youth populations. The center’s goals are based on the understanding that parents, leaders, coaches and professionals have a responsibility to provide a safe, enjoyable, and developmentally appropriate experience for children and adolescents involved in organized youth sports. The structure of leagues, the training of coaches, and the behavior of adults and spectators ought to be consistent with this responsibility. As such, the center’s mission and goals reflect the needs of a community increasingly reliant on sport and physical activity as an important educational tool for healthy children and adolescents.

For additional information, contact the center’s directors: Dr. Lenny Wiersma at 657-278-3806 or Dr. Clay Sherman at 657-278-4386, or visit our website at

Center for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention

Kinesiology and Health Science 106A
657-278-5317 (fax)

The Center for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention, housed in the College of Health and Human Development, promotes interdisciplinary research and community outreach in areas related to children’s health and weight management. The center facilitates interaction among multiple entities concerned with the rise in childhood obesity including University faculty, schools, community agencies and policy-makers. Specifically, the center’s three-fold mission is: 1) to work with schools and other community agencies to develop and test model health promotion programs and interventions; 2) to assess and evaluate existing programs and policies, and 3) to identify theoretical models and environments that can explain and influence behavior patterns across different high-risk groups. As such, the mission and goals of the center reflect the needs of the community by providing education and outreach to children and their families regarding healthy lifestyles and prevention of obesity.

For more information, contact Dr. Shari McMahan at 657-278-7000 or Dr. Jie Weiss at 657-278-4388.

CSUF Archaeological Research Facility

McCarthy Hall 2

The CSUF Archaeological Research Facility houses archaeological material (much of it from Orange County) and sponsors and conducts a variety of activities for CSUF students and the community. Through field work, donations and permanent curation agreements, the center has accumulated an extensive collection of about 4,000 cubic feet. With its laboratory equipment, computer facilities, comparative collections and research library, the center serves as a source for other colleges and universities, as well as professional archeologists in public agencies and private organizations. CSUF students may earn their master’s degrees by analyzing these materials.

CSUF Institute of Gerontology

Ruby Gerontology Center Room 8

The Institute of Gerontology is located within the Ruby Gerontology Center and brings together the many varied aspects of aging-related education and research at CSUF. The mission of the institute is the advancement of successful aging practices through education, research and community service. Programs and projects developed and sponsored by or affiliated with the institute promote successful aging within the broad parameters of wellness of mind and body and through the implementation of appropriate public policies.

The institute enhances the dissemination of information pertaining to gerontology and engenders multi- and inter-disciplinary research and projects, promoting a University environment that is congenial for such research and activities in gerontology. The institute fosters the communication of ideas and information concerning gerontology, and whenever possible, the activities and programs are structured to allow the full participation of all its members.

Decision Research Center

Humanities 532

The Decision Research Center in the Department of Psychology, established in 1986, supports research and instructional activities of faculty and students in the study of behavioral decision-making. Research conducted in the center includes experimental and theoretical studies of: (1) basic psychological laws of judgment and decision-making under conditions of risk, uncertainty and ambiguity; (2) effects of sudden changes in wealth on a person’s attitude toward risk (such as the effects of winning the lottery on financial decisions); (3) effects of the judge’s point of view on judgments and decisions, and (4) combination of information from sources of varied expertise and bias to form judgments and decisions.

Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeology and Peleontology Center

Santa Ana, California

The John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center is a curation, education, and research facility operated in partnership with the County of Orange. Located in Santa Ana in its own facilities, the center maintains well-equipped laboratories for fossil and artifact preparation, curation and storage.

The center’s diverse archaeological holdings range in age from at least 10,000 years ago until 50 years ago. The extensive collection includes materials from all areas and environmental zones throughout the County and covers a range of prehistoric and historic activities.

The paleontological collection of vertebrates, invertebrates and plants spans every major time period since the Jurassic period, which is 180 million years of Orange County life. Significant collections of Miocene marine mammals contain many species new to science and terrestrial animals and plants, most of which are now extinct.

Faculty and students from CSUF and other colleges and universities may study these materials for research purposes. The center encourages the use of its materials for community and school outreach, and holds several major events in OC Parks throughout the year.

Entertainment and Tourism Management Center


The Entertainment and Tourism Management Center provides research-based resources and high quality educational programs addressing the needs of individuals and companies involved in these significant industries. In fulfillment of its mission the center will provide academic and practical support for student learning; provide new opportunities for faculty and student research; encourage faculty and student involvement with the entertainment, tourism and hospitality business community; enhance faculty and student recruitment; and offer new opportunities for seeking grants, contracts and philanthropic donations to support faculty and student research.

The Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Center

Kinesiology and Health Science 106F

The Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to an integrative approach to help people with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions manage their symptoms, improve their functionality, and increase their quality of life. The center is located in the Kinesiology and Health Science Complex on the Cal State Fullerton campus.

Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research

Center for Internships and Community Engagement
Langsdorf Hall 206

A part of the Center for Internships & Community Engagement since 2007, the Gianneschi Center supports research for and about the nonprofit sector, and organizes a variety of programs, such as the annual Gianneschi Summer School for Nonprofits, that strengthen the capacity of nonprofits to ensure quality service placements for our students.

Charitable organizations are a vital part of the social fabric, ranging from symphony orchestras and hospitals to community clinics and animal shelters. Their services, impact and economic scope are substantial, yet the sector as a whole is little understood.

The Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research was established to serve the Orange County community and the field of nonprofit sector research as the repository for data about philanthropic, charitable and volunteer activity in this county. The center published the first formal study of Orange County’s nonprofit sector in 1996. Ongoing activities include maintaining the Orange County nonprofit database, encouraging scholarly research of the sector, involving practitioners and funders in designing future research projects and facilitating meaningful discussion of issues affecting the nonprofit sector.

Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center

McCarthy Hall 601

The Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center conducts research, education and outreach in gravitational-wave science. Gravitational waves are a phenomenon predicted by Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. A worldwide network of detectors, including the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), is closing in on the first detection of gravitational waves. This will provide a fundamentally different way to observe the Universe, bringing us new information about Nature’s most violent astrophysical events, such as supernovae and collisions between black holes and neutron stars.

The Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center brings together faculty, students, and staff at CSUF with an interest in gravitational-wave science. Our research involves modeling sourcesof gravitational waves, understanding the gravitational-wave signals they produce, measuring signals in the LIGO detectors, and improving the sensitivity of the detectors. Our members include students and scientists from a variety of backgrounds. We are helping to train the next generation of gravitational-wave scientists and promoting a diverse scientific community. We also work together to communicate new scientific developments to the public.

Hazel Miller Croy Reading Center

College Park 570-30

The Hazel Miller Croy Reading Center supports the Reading Department’s Reading Clinic, which provides research-based diagnostic and remedial services to school-aged children in the community. The center serves as a community service providing low cost, high quality instruction in reading that is not available elsewhere in Orange County.

Health Promotion Research Institute

Kinesiology and Health Science 106 A-F
657-278-5317 (fax)

The Health Promotion Research Institute, housed in the College of Health and Human Development, has the mission of creating collaborative, multilevel solutions that empower individuals and communities to achieve optimal health for all. The institute coordinates and advances interdisciplinary health research efforts at CSUF; facilitates increased proposal writing and external support for health-related research; provides enriched opportunities for student involvement in health research; and collaborates with community leaders in addressing critical public health issues in Southern California.

Institute for Economic and Environmental Studies

Steven G. Mihaylo Hall 3357

The Institute for Economic and Environmental Studies issues regular economic forecasts, provides analysis-based, policy-oriented research on economic and environmental issues, and studies regional economic impacts. The institute undertakes independent studies, as well as contract research, into the areas of its focus, working with private and public entities. It seeks funding for research and training; sponsors conferences and workshops; presents studies and reports of interest to business, government, academic and general communities. Whenever possible, the institute’s activities are structured to allow the participation of graduate and undergraduate students at Cal State Fullerton.

Maxwell Center for International Communications and Media

College Park 650-2

The goal of the Maxwell Center for International Communications and Media is to create global awareness, global citizens and global leaders. Based in the College of Communications, it promotes student as well as faculty interest, research, and collaboration in international communication and media studies. Internally, the Maxwell Center is focused on building and managing international programs for students and faculty. Externally, the center is focused on designing programs that increase international and intercultural awareness, participation in media and political processes, and international media development. For more information, please visit the Maxwell Center’s website or contact Director, Dean Kazoleas at 657-278-3271.

Ocean Studies Institute/Southern California Marine Institute

McCarthy Hall 282

The Ocean Studies Institute, which consists of eight California State University campuses (Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona, San Bernardino and San Marcos), participates in training scientists and educating the general public by coordinating and facilitating marine educational and research activities. In 1994, the OSI partnered with the University of Southern California and Occidental College to form the Southern California Marine Institute, which is located at 820 South Seaside Avenue, Terminal Island, CA 90731; 310-519-3172; Fax 310-519-1054;

Through its affiliation with the Marine Institute, the OSI provides facilities for introducing students to the marine environment, supporting faculty and student research, and for intensive participation by students pursuing professional programs. The OSI owns and operates the R/V Yellowfin (76-foot vessel), which is used by classes and research programs in biology, geology and ocean engineering. In addition to research vessels located at Terminal Island, the facility includes a 5,000-square-foot building with laboratories, classrooms and a running sea water system.

Each fall, the OSI offers the CSU Marine Biology Semester at the University of Southern California Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island. Undergraduate and graduate students live on the island and complete three intensive, field-based courses. For additional information, contact the Biology Department or

Real Estate and Land Use Institute

Steven G. Mihaylo Hall 5163

The Real Estate and Land Use Institute is a branch of the California State University system’s applied research and professional and public education center for real estate and urban land use. The mission of the institute is to promote and advance real estate education at CSUF, including research, curriculum, program reputation, student placement, and outreach to the local business community.

Sales Leadership Center


The Sales Leadership Center, one of the Centers of Excellence in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, at CSUF, seeks to “ignite sales careers.” Serving CSUF students and the Orange County business community, the center offers career programs, scholarships, internships, and a sales lab. The center also offers special sales training classes leading to a Certificate of Professional Sales. If interested, please visit us at and click on “Stay Informed.”

SchoolFirst Center for Creativity and Critical Thinking in Schools


Cal State Fullerton’s SchoolsFirst Center for Creativity and Critical Thinking in Schools fosters 21st century competence for today’s preschool through grade 12 students. We build partnerships with local schools, working with teachers to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that students need in order to thrive in this exciting, digital and global century. Our partnerships focus on developing creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and decision-making across the curriculum. We work collaboratively with partners to infuse the arts, science and technology as central components of the educational experience. For more information, contact Dr. Teresa Crawford, director, at 657-278-8778 or visit

Small Business Development Center

Steven G. Mihaylo Hall 5313

The Orange County/Inland Empire Regional Small Business Development Center Network provides small businesses with one-on-one technical assistance, training and access to capital in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. To learn more about our small business services and locations, please visit For further information, contact Priscilla Lopez, regional director, Orange County/Inland Empire Regional SBDC Network, CSUF Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, 800 North State College Blvd., SGMH 5313, Fullerton, CA 92831; or email

Small Business Institute

Steven G. Mihaylo Hall 5323

The Small Business Institute has many programs designed to guide and assist smaller, fast-growing businesses. One of the most important is its program in which faculty and students offer business consulting to 100 firms a year. The students are graduating seniors or MBA candidates who work under the close direction of faculty advisers. They prepare a major report that includes recommendations for improved performance. More than 1,800 Orange County firms have received this service. The institute selects outstanding reports to submit to the national case competitions. In 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012, teams of students were named national winners. Many other teams won top 10 in the nation.

Social Science Research Center

McCarthy Hall 38

The Social Science Research Center (SSRC), under the auspices of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, provides research services to community organizations and research support to CSUF faculty members. The center’s primary goal is to assist nonprofit and tax-supported agencies and organizations to answer research questions that will lead to improved service delivery and public policy. The SSRC conducts surveys, evaluation research and other applied research activities to meet its clients’ information needs. The center conducts multilingual telephone surveys from its 24-station computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) lab, as well as Webbased, mailed and face-to-face surveys.

The SSRC advocates the use of qualitative methods in applied research, and conducts focused group discussions and semi-structured interviews in addition to employing quantitative techniques. SSRC staff can assist with proposal preparation and in all phases of social research including the development of survey and evaluation instrumentation, research design, data collection, statistical and qualitative analysis, and technical report writing. In this context, the center provides applied research training opportunities to CSUF students and faculty.

South Central Coastal Information Center

McCarthy Hall 477

Hosted by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and linked with the Department of Anthropology, the South Central Coastal Information Center (SCCIC) is one of 10 regional information centers in California that comprise the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS). CHRIS works under the direction of the California Office of Historic Preservation and the State Historic Resources Commission. These information centers provide historical resources information to local governments and individuals with responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and California Environmental Quality Act.

Since its inception in the early 1970s, the SCCIC (formerly housed at UCLA) has been a fundamental source of archaeological and historical resource information for Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The SCCIC now maintains the most extensive historical resources information base available for south central coastal California (including records of prehistory and historic archaeological sites, reports of historical resource studies, and historic resources inventory records).

Information about historical resources is maintained in various forms such as 7.5’ USGS Quadrangle Maps, historical resource records and reports, and computerized data. SCCIC clients are generally archaeologists, historians, architectural-historians, developers and planning agencies. For more information, see

Sport and Movement Institute

Kinesiology and Health Science 121

The purpose of the Sport and Movement Institute is to promote an atmosphere congenial to research, creative activity and services concerned with human movement and its related phenomena. Specifically, the organization endeavors to: (1) provide services of evaluation, consultation and advisement; (2) foster and encourage the generation and communication of ideas and information; (3) interpret and facilitate the practical application of research findings; (4) provide opportunities for individuals and community groups to participate in activities of the institute that include clinics, workshops and seminars; and (5) promote and support research and other scholarly activities on the part of the membership.

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

McCarthy Hall 166

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is a 12-acre non-profit education center and nature preserve located in the heart of Modjeska Canyon, adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest. It is owned and operated by California State University, Fullerton, and its College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary has a dual mission - to support science and environmental education and to act as a sanctuary for the preservation of local native habitat and wildlife. Tucker serves as a unique field research center for college and university students and as a field trip destination for K-12 schools. Its programs are built on the California Standards for Science Education. Tucker is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for visitors to enjoy and learn about the local wildlife and natural habitat of Southern California. Naturalist-led group tours are available for $6/person. Admission to the sanctuary is free. Tucker’s facilities include a small natural history museum/interpretive center, two ponds, a bird observation porch, feeders, relaxing picnic areas, a small amphitheater, hiking trails and a gift shop. For tour reservations, call 714-649-2760. For more information, visit

Twin Studies Center

Humanities 521J

The Twin Studies Center of the Psychology Department is designed to serve two purposes: (1) conduct research projects on twins that will contribute to knowledge concerning the rearing and educating of twins and enhance our understanding of human development; and (2) provide information to the public concerning psychological and biological aspects of twinship. Dr. Nancy L. Segal is the director of the Twin Studies Center.