The Herr Research Center helps bring our research projects to fruition by fostering collaboration among our expert faculty and staff; identifying funding sources; and assisting with research design, data analysis, and the sharing of results.
Our faculty and researchers have extensive experience in applied research, which seeks practical solutions to issues that affect young children and families. The Herr Research Center also helps share the results of our research with individuals who influence early childhood policy and create programs for children and families, including government officials, program administrators, advocates, and grant foundation officers.
Our studies have led to new community initiatives, such as a satellite clinic of Erikson’s Center for Children and Families on Chicago’s West Side, and we have provided guidance to public agencies, including the Illinois State Board of Education, our partner in our Birth to 3 Prevention Initiative Monitoring project
Erikson’s research focuses on many different areas of the early childhood field, including early childhood care, early childhood education, and family support. Our research archive offers more information about all current and past projects, including briefs, papers, tools, and presentations.
Erikson faculty, staff, and students highlight the ways their projects are making a difference for young children and families.
Student issues are down and test scores are up, Dr. Moreno says.
Our experts are available to answer your questions about our current and past research projects and results. We also are happy to talk with you about a potential partnership to evaluate a project, service, or program that your organization provides to the community.
Are you an Erikson student who is looking to get involved in research? We offer opportunities to work on a current research project and gain insights into how research studies are designed.
Project lead: Jon Korfmacher, PhD
Through a collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education, Erikson is studying home visiting programs in Illinois to improve these services for families with young children.
Project lead: Amanda Moreno, PhD
Our first-of-its-kind research is helping evaluate social-emotional and academic outcomes through a mindfulness intervention for children in kindergarten through second grade in the Chicago Public Schools.