Scholars from multiple academic and diverse disciplines conduct collaborative research projects, interventions, and programs with a particular emphasis on enhancing the quality of life of underserved communities. Scholarly investigations and intervention programs are conducted in schools, community agencies, and neighborhoods in Austin, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Bexar counties. The Community Engaged Scholarship Lab (CESL) provided the researches a physical space to analyze and interpret data, conduct individual and/or focus group interviews, and lead training programs.
Current CESL research includes investigations in the following areas; 1) social and psychomotor interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder, 2) therapeutic recreation modalities on adaptive yoga for individual with disabilities, 3) outdoor education programs intended to enhance coping skills, improve self-esteem, and use recreation activities in the therapeutic process, and 4) examining positive youth development (e.g., as self-esteem, self-determined motivation, connection with others) through physical activity and sport. and 5) investigation of factors affecting prekindergarten education with an emphasis on early literacy, nutrition, and fine and gross motor skill development