Center for Applied Developmental Science and Neuroeducation

Bridging neuroscience to special education and disability studies research, practice, and policy

The Center for Applied Developmental Science and Neuroeducation at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) aims to be a hub for the application of research from the fields of neuroscience and health sciences to the education and development of children and youth with disabilities. By building new bridges between these distinct research communities and offering a platform for contextual application, the Center is designed to apply research that enhances teaching and learning. Situated within the nation’s Capital, the Center seeks to develop scholar-leaders, increase research, encourage knowledge sharing, and contribute to local and national policy dialogue.

Development of Scholar-Leaders

  • Bridge the knowledge gap between basic and social sciences by integrating neuroscience research findings directly into GSEHD’s Special Education Doctoral Program curricula 
  • Work collaboratively across disciplines to inform the design of future laboratory and clinical studies 
  • Broaden the boundaries of translational science beyond clinical applications to best guide the development of educators and scholars in the field 


  • Launch an educational framework for translational research informed by the National Institute of Health (NIH) Roadmap 
  • Create an affiliation between research networks, communities, and school systems 
  • Integrate research findings from neuroscience and basic science disciplines to develop and explore research questions for educational practice 

Knowledge Sharing

  • Collaborate across disciplines to extend the boundaries of translational science beyond clinical applications to educational interventions and public knowledge 
  • Equip educational researchers with the capacity to engage and share knowledge with transdisciplinary peers 

Policy Formation

  • Translate evidence grounded in biological and cognitive sciences to direct effective education policy recommendations 
  • Highlight the impact of emerging neuroscience research findings and emphasize the need for general and special education stakeholders and affiliated social service and public health communities to better understand how the field of neuroscience can inform education 
  • Engage with policy makers through professional development, seminars, and planned dialogues about research and evidence-based interventions for students with developmental and learning needs and their families