Our Expertise

Our Expertise

Our work covers the gamut of social science research with each discipline conducting quantitative and qualitative data analysis. We partner with faculty, researchers, and agencies to conduct work whether it is across campus at MSU, at the state or national capital, in communities across the country, or even around the globe.


Our Evaluation and Research Group has expertise to help with every step of the evaluation process in a variety of subject areas including juvenile justice; public health; early childhood, K-12, and post-secondary education; substance use disorders and more. Contact us for information about designing an evaluation plan for your funded project or your work.

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Gender Inequalities

Focused on vulnerable populations aboard and in the U.S., our Gender Impacts Lab conducts research addressing gender inequities for the betterment of the health of communities worldwide. Consider adding one of our gender-responsive toolkits in your own work!

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Survey Research

Our Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laboratory has completed 100’s of phone and online surveys. They can assist in data collection and analysis for agencies, nonprofits, and other groups in Mississippi and around the globe.

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Policy & Systems Change

We’re looking to address and change policies and systems to bring about an equitable future for all.

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Substance Abuse

Through our intervention program, researchers are working to reduce DUI recidivism rates and increase highway safety in Mississippi. 

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Data Science

With our secure data lab and expert scientists, we can help you apply data science techniques and methods including data visualization to social science research and program implementation. Our data science work spans across a variety of data sources including state agency data and open-source data such as social media content and images.

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Juvenile Justice

We have been researching policies and structures around juvenile justice for decades, working with both court systems and state agencies.

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Communication Science

Our Message Laboratory provides communication research support and comprehensive message development support for research collaborators.

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Public Health

Our Tobacco Control Unit exists to provide objective, timely data to inform programmatic and policy decisions regarding tobacco control. Additionally, we conduct work around early childhood development and milestones impacting the children of Mississippi and have research teams studying the demography of several populations.

Broader Impacts

Our researchers can support the broader impacts and outreach of your work through partnerships with schools and in communities across the state.

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