George Mason Announces New Psychology Center

Posted: September 27, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In an attempt to increase the services available in Northern Virginia to children with cognitive, attentional, and behavioral disorders, George Mason has created a regional center for cognitive development. The result of a three-year, $1.5-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the center is operated by the Psychology Department and open to the general public.

According to Robert Smith, chair of the Psychology Department, this facility will provide collaboration, consultation, and continuing education courses to regional school psychologists; advanced research on attentional, learning, and behavioral disorders in children; and collaborative support to George Mason’s psychological clinic in providing direct services to children. Additionally, it will enhance the training of George Mason students in the university’s developmental and psychology programs.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us,” says Smith. “The center can do many things–supporting schools and families in their efforts to help children with disorders, becoming a nationally known research center, attracting strong faculty, and attracting and training strong students. We look forward to the center’s rapid growth into a nationally recognized strength of George Mason.”

The first-year funding for this facility is $368,000. Anticipated appropriations

are $550,000 for the second year, and $650,000 for the third year. Jack A. Naglieri, a leading test developer from Ohio State University, will serve as the center’s director.

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