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Centers, Institutes, and Programs

Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL)

Located in Spokane, this is a contract research arm of the WSU Institute for Shock Physics in Pullman, and houses a multidisciplinary team of scientists who transform scientific innovations into practical solutions in the areas of energy, national security, advanced materials and sensors, and biomedical applications.

Health Science STEM Education Research Center

The WSU Health Science STEM Education Research Center is focused increasing all students’ awareness of, access to, and success in the health sciences professions.

Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH)

Founded in the fall of 2015, this group of researchers at WSU Spokane is focused on improving community health in underserved populations and geographic regions. Director of the program is Dedra Buchwald, M.D., founder of Partnership for Native Health, founder of the Washington State Twin Registry, and a former professor of epidemiology and medicine at the University of Washington.

Interprofessional Research & Education

In response to emerging evidence that collaboration among health care providers improves patient safety, reduces medical errors, increases effectiveness of health care actions, and enhances patient and provider satisfaction, WSU Spokane has embraced interprofessional education (IPE) and is incorporating it into the curricula of the health professions.

Program of Excellence in Addictions Research

This multidisciplinary group of researchers has made significant contributions to the field of alcohol and drug addiction.

Sleep and Performance Research Center

At this unique and cutting-edge research facility, basic and applied scientists study sleep and wakefulness in healthy individuals to answer critical questions about the effects of reduced and displaced sleep on cognitive performance and health.

Speech and Language Lab

The lab explores the use of modern technology applied to people with speech, hearing and language disorders.

Translational Addiction Research Center

The TARC members study a wide range of research topics, from medicinal chemistry to behavioral interventions.

University Hearing and Speech Clinic

The University Hearing and Speech Clinic—a shared endeavor with Eastern Washington University—is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of conditions that limit one’s ability to communicate freely. The clinic provides comprehensive evaluation and therapeutic services to adults and children for speech, language and hearing problems.

Washington State Institute for Criminal Justice Research

Based in Pullman with faculty on the Spokane and Vancouver campuses, the institute provides research assistance and expertise to improve the policies and practices of the state and national criminal justice systems. With a focus on applied, problem-solving research, the institute aims to improve criminal justice effectiveness through the identification, assessment and evaluation of evidence-based interventions and practices. The program in Spokane is home to a Simulated Hazardous Occupational Tasks Lab that is affiliated with the Sleep and Performance Research Center.