The mission of The Methodology Center is to advance public health by improving experimental design and data analysis in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. As a designated National Institute on Drug Abuse Center of Excellence, we serve as a national resource in the development and dissemination of innovative research methods. Although our work is broadly applicable in the behavioral sciences, we specialize in methods for research on behavioral approaches to the prevention and treatment of health problems, with emphasis on alcohol abuse, tobacco use, other drug abuse, and HIV.
We draw upon and integrate methodological perspectives from a variety of disciplines, including statistics, engineering, psychology, and human development, to enable new categories of scientific research questions to be addressed. We enhance the quality of prevention and treatment research worldwide by providing behavioral scientists with innovative methods. By training and mentoring new methodologists, we create a foundation for continued innovation and excellence in prevention and treatment science.