The University of Florida is consistently ranked among the nation’s top ten public universities with more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes led by some of the best minds in their fields. As a transdisciplinary center for excellence, the Anita Zucker Center has faculty, students and post-doctoral fellows from across our campus who come together to solve the field’s grand challenges.
College of Education
Dean: Glenn Good, Ph.D.
The School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies programs address learning and learning needs throughout the lifespan and lead to undergraduate as well as graduate degrees, including master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees. Its faculty are leaders in their fields who conduct cutting-edge research that shapes professional knowledge and transforms practice in schools and other learning environments. The Early Childhood Studies area offers unified early childhood and master’s degree programs and a doctoral concentration in Early Childhood Studies.
The School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education is an interdisciplinary group of faculty offering degree programs that share a focus on human behavior and well-being in organizational and community contexts. The school offers master’s, specialist and/or doctoral degrees in the program areas of Counselor Education, Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel in Higher Education and Research and Evaluation Methods.
Baby Gator Child Development and Research Center
Director: Stacy Ellis, Ph.D.
The Baby Gator Child Development and Research Center offers high-quality care to children ages six weeks to five years. Children grow and learn in a safe and healthy environment with a caring and attentive staff of well-trained early childhood educators. Early childhood curriculum is designed to encourage children to experience the world around them. Baby Gator addresses fosters the growth of all children and their interrelated social, behavioral, cognitive, physical and early literacy skills.
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS)
Dean: Elaine Turner, Ph.D.
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS CALS)
Researchers within IFAS study the effects of food on improving children’s nutritional health, learning and well-being on a global scale.
College of Health and Human Performance
Dean: Michael Reid, Ph.D.
For more than 60 years, the Department of Health Education & Behavior has been at the forefront of the health promotion and public health field, demonstrating leadership in instruction and mentoring, research and scholarship, and service and practice. By emphasizing innovation and data-driven advancements, their efforts ensure that students are well prepared for the health promotion and public health careers of the future. Faculty in health education and behavior examine influences on dietary behavior and develop corresponding interventions to improve the health and well-being of young children.
College of Law
Dean: Laura Rosenbury, J.D.
Center on Children and Families
The Center on Children and Families promotes the highest quality of advocacy, teaching and scholarship in the areas of child and family law and policy. It is committed to filling the need for high-quality advocacy by creating programs and resources that bring an interdisciplinary, evidence-based and child-centered approach to issues of children’s law and policy.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Dean: David E. Richardson, Ph.D.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences and the physical, natural and mathematical sciences.
The Department of Psychology at the University of Florida is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the generation of psychological science and to its application and dissemination. The UF Online bachelor’s degree program in psychology has been ranked the #2 program of its kind in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, furthering the University of Florida’s success in the publication’s college rankings. Faculty in behavior analysis and developmental psychology study both typical development and learning and behavior of young children.
College of Medicine
Interim Chair: Desmond Schatz, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
The Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to the highest quality patient care, research, and educational activity devoted to improving the health of children. The UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital represents the only quaternary-care academic pediatric center in North Florida. Patient care services are focused on improving the health of Florida’s children, through medical education and biomedical research.
Institute for Child Health Policy
Dedicated to improving the health of children through innovative interdisciplinary research, the Institute for Child Health Policy draws on the strengths of faculty in the College of Medicine and the expertise of affiliated faculty across the University of Florida. Its researchers use rigorous scientific methods to develop and test novel approaches to delivering better health care and preventing disease and injury among children and youth. The institute’s methods include analyzing health data to assess the quality of children’s health care, evaluating the effects of health-related policies on population health and conducting clinical and community-based trials to test the effectiveness of new health care interventions and disease prevention strategies.
College of Public Health and Health Professions
Dean: Michael Perri, Ph.D.
Clinical & Health Psychology
The Department of Clinical and Health Psychology educates tomorrow’s leaders in psychology in the scientist-practitioner tradition, advances psychological science and improves the health and quality of life of all people through excellence in research, education and health service delivery.
The UF Occupational Therapy (OT) program is a top-ranked graduate program in Public AAU Universities.. OT degree programs of study lead to a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) or Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science.
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida is committed to creating a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for students from all backgrounds. This commitment is firmly grounded in their educational mission to cultivate intellectual rigor and curiosity among our students to prepare them to contribute to and thrive in a globally diverse, complex, and interconnected world.
Florida Museum of Natural History
Director: Douglas S. Jones, Ph.D.
Museum Education Research Division
The Museum’s education research division offers an array of programs and resources that inspire people to value the biological richness and cultural heritage of our diverse world. Initiatives are designed to foster science interest, understanding and engagement as well as contribute to our understanding about how people learn. Faculty in the Museum’s education research division are focused on transformations on how museums approach accessibility and diversity, including programs for young children.
Harn Museum of Art
Director: Lee Ann Chesterfield
Educational programs lead innovative and sustainable art programs for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students and their families.