The University of Florida is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities with more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes led by some of the best minds in their fields. As an interdisciplinary center for excellence, the Anita Zucker Center has faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows from across our campus who come together to solve the field’s grand challenges.
Interdisciplinary members and affiliated members of the Anita Zucker Center join us from these colleges and centers:
- College of Education
- College of Law
- College of Medicine
- College of Public Health & Health Professions
- Baby Gator Child Development Center
Dean Glenn Good, Ph.D.
The School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies programs address learning and learning needs throughout the life span 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, Research and Evaluation Methods.
Dean Laura Rosenbury, J.D.
The Center on Children and Families promotes the highest quality of advocacy, teaching and scholarship in the areas of child & 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.
- Nancy E. Dowd, Director Emeritus
Dean Michael Good, M.D.
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.
- Scott Rivkees, Professor, Chair
- Marylou Behnke, Professor Emeritus
- Fonda Davis Eyler, Professor Emeritus
- Lindsay Thompson, Assistant Professor
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.
Dean Michael Perri, Ph.D.
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 program is ranked 3rd in OT Graduate Program in Public AAU Universities and in the top 10 OT programs nationally. OT degree programs of study lead to a Masters of Occupational Therapy and Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science.
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 the needs of all children and fosters growth in social, behavioral, cognitive, physical and early literacy skills.