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The Methodology Center

204 E. Calder Way, Suite 400

State College, PA 16801


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The Methodology Center is located near the corner of Pugh St. and Calder Way in the Calder Square II building. Suite 400 is on the fourth floor.

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Research at The Methodology Center is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health (primarily the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Cancer Institute). The Center also receives yearly support from the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State. 
We are very grateful to our extramural and intramural funders and strive to maintain a high level of scientific productivity.

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Green PawsWe have achieved Levels 1, 2, and 3 certification in Penn State's Green Paws Program.

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About the Center

The Methodology Center is an interdisciplinary research center within the College of Health and Human Development at the University Park campus of Penn State. We develop and disseminate new methods for social, behavioral, and health sciences research focusing on vital public health issues, including substance abuse and HIV.


Scientists and trainees in The Methodology Center are affiliated with Penn State and the University of Michigan. Our faculty, research associates, post-docs, and students represent several academic disciplines, including human development, psychology, statistics, communication, epidemiology, engineering, and public health. See our People pages to learn more about us.



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.

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PAMT, a joint effort between The Methodology Center and The Prevention Research Center, cross-trains predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers as prevention scientists and methodologists.

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What is methodology?

Methodology is the study of tools and techniques for research design, measurement, and data analysis.


Is The Methodology Center part of an academic department at Penn State?
We are a free-standing, interdisciplinary research center within the College of Health and Human Development. We are not part of any single academic department.

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The Methodology Center has been in existence since 1989. Previous directors were Dr. John Nesselroade (now at the University of Virginia) and Dr. Alexander von Eye (now at Michigan State University). Dr. Linda Collins has been director since 1994.


Interested in the Center's history?  Click the arrows or the bottom bar to view our milestones.

                   1989                                                                                                                                                Present

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