COLART Research Centers    

Psychology Research

Bilingual Cognition Laboratory

In the Bilingual Cognition Lab, faculty and students conduct research using memory techniques to learn more about bilingual vocabulary access. Bilingual experiments are also used to study memory processes that are difficult to isolate with a single language. Go to the Bilingual Cognition Lab Web site

Director: Wendy S. Francis, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Location: Psychology Bldg. Room 209
Phone: (915) 747-5521

Center for Civic Engagement

The mission of the CCE is to engage faculty and students in the community through community-based teaching and learning in order to enhance student learning, promote civic engagement and actively improve the El Paso-Cd. Juarez Region. The Center works with faculty and students in all colleges and collaborates with a wide variety of public agencies, schools, non-profit and community-based organizations. The Center aims to foster collaborative leadership, civility and deepen democracy in the region through what may be alternatively known as hands-on/action-oriented learning, civic education, Service Learning, and or active citizenship. Go to the CCE Web site

Director: Azuri L. Ruiz
Location: Benedict Hall, Room 101
Phone: (915) 747-7969
Fax: (915) 747-8917

Center for History Teaching and Learning

The Center for History Teaching & Learning strives to promote scholarly teaching among department faculty, to support teacher education among our students, and to provide professional development opportunities for current teachers. Go to the CHTL Web site

Director: Dr. Keith A. Erekson
Location: Liberal Arts Building, Room 334
Phone: (915) 747-8462

Center for Inter-American and Border Studies

The CIBS uniquely contributes to the fulfillment of UTEP’s mission by conducting and promoting research, academic programs, and public outreach on themes related to Inter-American and Border Studies. These distinctive themes include culture and language, the arts, economics, trade, society, history, ecosystems and environment, health, and education in the Americas and the border region. Go to the CIBS Web site

Executive Director: Ricardo R. Blázquez
Location: 1514 Hawthorne Street
Phone: (915) 747-5196
Fax: (915) 747-5574

Institute for the Study of Judicial Processes

The Institute was established to facilitate research in the area of law and social psychology in its broadest definition. In 1989 it provided a home for a grant from the National Science Foundation to explore the impact of ethnicity on jury decision-making. The most recent set of studies has been focusing on jurors' belief of alibi witnesses as they are influence by the degree and type of relationships between an alibi corroborator and a defendant. Go to the institute Web site

Director: Dr. Harmon Hosch
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Institute of Oral History

The Institute was established in 1972 for the purpose of "preserving the history of the region adjacent to the Rio Grande both in the United States and in Mexico." Since that time, the Institute has built one of the largest border-related oral history collections in the United States. While an emphasis has been on the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez region,the collection also contains interviews dealing with the history of communities all along the U.S.-Mexico border. Go to the IOH Web site

Director: Kristine Navarro
Location: Burges Hall, Room 415
Phone: (915) 747-5238
Fax: (915) 747-6346

Investigative Interviewing Research Laboratory

Research at the Investigative Interviewing Lab examines the social and cognitive psychological processes that underlie the interviewing of individuals in forensic settings. Generally speaking, researchers in our lab are interested in applying basic research in social and cognitive psychology to develop interview protocols and identification methods that will improve the diagnostic value of information obtained by law enforcement and intelligence personnel. Read more... or go to the Investigative Interviewing Lab Web site

Director: Christian A. Meissner, Ph.D.
Location: Vowell Hal, Second floor
Phone: (915) 747-6056

Language Acquisition Research Laboratory

The UTEP Language Acquisition Research Lab (LARLAB) since its creation in August 2006, has invited UTEP undergraduate and graduate students to start learning how to conduct language acquisition research through hands-on experience. The lab is open to all students interested in exploring first, second, and multilingual language acquisition. Read more

Directors: Dr. María Blume and Dr. Ellen Courtney
Location: Liberal Arts Bldg. Room 111

Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies

The Donaldson Center provides academic enrichment for communication majors, communication programs to high school students, and continuing education and training for media and communication professionals. In conjunction with the Department of Communication, the Donaldson Center fosters research collaboration with other universities across the nation and around the world. Go to the Donaldson Center Web site

Director: Patricia D. Witherspoon, Ph.D.
Location: Cotton Memorial, Room 104
Phone: (915) 747-5129

Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts

In addition to offer a direct experience with contemporary art of international recognition and importance, and to inspire active dialogue about contemporary art's social, political and cultural implications, The Rubin Center serves as a learning site for students from UTEP and the surrounding community by creating opportunities for student involvement in the planning and execution of exhibitions, by engaging in interdisciplinary education about the exhibitions on display, and by providing a framework for critical thinking about contemporary art and its place in our world. Go to the Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts Web site

Director: Kate Bonansinga
Phone: (915) 747-6151
Fax: 915 747-6067