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At the heart of CAHS research is a commitment to engage in work that strengthens our communities, families and individuals in West Virginia and beyond. Our faculty and students engage in collaborations and partnerships from the local level to the global level to study today's most pressing educational and social challenges we face. Through their work, our faculty advance knowledge and impact theory, policy and practice across the applied human sciences.

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West Virginia University faculty member awarded international sport research grant

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

A College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences faculty member and a CPASS alumna are members of an international team that received the highly competitive Prince Faisal Bin Fahad Global Award for Sports Research by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Sport and Leader’s Development Institute.

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School shooters tend to go down a ‘fatal grievance pathway,’ WVU researcher says

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Many mass killings are rooted in some sort of grievance — real or imagined unfair treatment — a  West Virginia University expert said in the aftermath of the Texas elementary school shootings that left more than 20 dead.

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Visiting scholar will conduct study on volunteers in sport organizations

Friday, March 18, 2022

Jose María López-Gullón, a visiting scholar from the University of Murcia, Spain, will spend the next four months collaborating with Gonzalo Bravo, associate professor in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, examining the role of volunteers in amateur sport organizations.

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National sport psychology foundation honors CPASS grad student

Monday, March 07, 2022

The Association for Applied Sport Psychology has awarded a seed grant to Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology third year graduate student Tommy Minkler. The grant is intended to provide support for AASP members, especially early career professionals/pre-tenured faculty or students, for their community outreach/research endeavors.

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ENGAGING OUR COMMUNITIES

Center for ActiveWV

Be Wild. Be Wonderful. Be Active. The Center for ActiveWV aims to improve the health and quality of life for WV children and adults through increased access to physical activity. Through collaboration, research, policy, and practice, the Center supports community-based efforts to increase physical activity levels in WV schools, communities, and health care settings.

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Center for the Future of Land-Grant Education

The Center for the Future of Land-Grant Education is the nation’s only higher education research center focused solely on land-grant institutions. The Center’s research and outreach efforts seek to understand and impact higher education policies and practices, student access and success, community engagement and economic development, and leadership.

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Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Sciences

The Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Science (CACSS) was built on the vision: Every person an athlete. Every athlete trained by a quality coach. Every coach enlightened by the best science and best practice. Through its research and outreach, the Center works to improve access to and the experiences associated with youth sport in America.

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WVU Nursery School

The WVU Nursery School provides local children with a thriving educational environment that fosters innovation, creativity, and lots of fun using project-based learning and play. The Nursery School provides observational and practicum experiences for WVU students seeking careers in early childhood education.

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FIT Publishing and the International Center for Performance Excellence

FiT Publishing is an international publisher in the sport sciences and operates under the division of the International Center for Performance Excellence (ICPE) in the College of Applied Human Sciences. Through disseminating educational products, FIT supports ICPE’s mission to promote awareness at the local, national, and international levels of the values and benefits of engaging in sport and physical activity.

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Job Accommodation Network

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

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Office of Research and Engagement

The goal of the CAHS Office of Research and Engagement is to build, sustain, and support a college-wide research community in which faculty, staff, and students across departments and areas of expertise give and receive support around our individual and collective research endeavors. There are both large and small things that can contribute to building such a college-wide research community, and the focus of our office is to support these efforts. From conception of ideas, to grant writing, to research dissemination—we are here to help!

Learn more about the CAHS Research Office