Centers, Labs & Programs

NMSU is home to exceptional research and outreach centers, labs, and programs, which serve children, youth, and graduate students in the borderland region.  


The ADC’s mission is to provide autism evaluations in Southern New Mexico at no cost to families. We are dedicated to offering community support and outreach through evidence-based parent training, support groups for individuals with autism and their families, and opportunities to participate in research studies.

To know more please visit Autism Diagnostic Center

The research program in the Biochemistry and Molecular Exercise Physiology Laboratory focuses on 1) advancing knowledge of underlying mechanisms on the loss of muscle mass and strength during aging (i.e., sarcopenia) and other catabolic conditions (e.g., cancer cachexia, muscle-disuse) and 2) developing the countermeasure strategies (exercise/dietary interventions) to counteract muscle wasting under various catabolic conditions. Particularly, the primary research interests in our lab include: 1) the role of oxidative stress and inflammation in skeletal muscle under various catabolic conditions, 2) the local and systemic adaptations to exercise and nutritional interventions in skeletal muscle, and 3) the effects of exercise and nutritional supplements on body composition and physical function. Our research aims to advance scientific knowledge through translational research, providing meaningful findings for future human health-related investigations.

Crimson Research provides comprehensive research design and analysis services to meet program evaluation, survey, and basic or applied research needs for a variety of public and private entities.


We Provide

  • Research and Program Evaluation Services
  • Survey design, administration, and analysis
  • Statistical expertise including quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Grant proposal review
  • Scientific writing and editing
  • Free estimates on services

 To know more please visit Crimson research

Head Start/Early Head Start is a Federal program for preschool children from low-income families. The Head Start/Early Head Start program is operated by local non-profit organizations in almost every county in the country. Children who attend Head Start/Early Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting.

Head Start/Early Head Start helps all children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. Most children in Head Start/Early Head Start are between the ages of two and five years old. Services are available to infants and toddlers in selected sites.

 To know more please visit Doña Ana County Head Start

The Edgar R. Garrett Speech and Hearing Center has provided services to Las Cruces and the surrounding areas for over 40 years.  Combining instruction, evidenced-based practical experience, state of the art technology, and service, the center provides training for students in the Communication Disorders program and renders service to the community.

The Center provides diagnostic evaluations and therapy in the areas of speech, language, cognition, voice and swallow for all people across the lifespan. Referrals are accepted form all sources (i.e., self, medical, school, nonprofessionals). All services are supervised by speech language pathologists who are licensed in New Mexico and hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology or Audiology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

The Edgar R. Garrett Speech and Hearing Center is a fee-for-service clinic where university students, staff, faculty and their immediate family receive a reduced rate. The center relies largely on donations to support the provision of clinical services as well as to purchase equipment, assessment and therapy materials. The Las Cruces Sertoma Club, part of an international civic organization that supports the field of communication disorders, recently donated $25,000 to the clinic for infant hearing testing and audiology equipment. In addition, Sertoma has provided supplementary funding for clinical supervision of students.

To know more please visit Edgar R. Garrett Speech and Hearing Center

Exercise Physiology Laboratory

The NMSU Exercise Physiology Laboratory provides students the opportunity bridge the gap between science and application. The laboratory is used to assist students in their learning of Exercise Physiology, Exercise Prescription and Principles of Strength and Conditioning. Students participate in Blood Pressure Testing, Wingate Testing, Vertical Jump Testing, Body Composition Analysis, Step Testing and 1.5 Mile Run Evaluation. The laboratory is also used for Strength and Power Testing.  Students participate in various on-going research and are encouraged to learn about the topics performed beyond what is taught in the classroom.

 To know more please visit Exercise Physiology Laboratory

The NMSU Glass Family Research Institute for Early Childhood Studies seeks to influence policy and practices related to New Mexico’s young children, families, and early childhood educators through contemporary interdisciplinary research, educational degree offerings, university and community lab schools, and collaborative partnerships at the international, national, state, and local level.
Our Vision is to:
  • Promote educational equity for communities and institutions through an increased understanding of diversity, inclusion, and social justice practices.
  • Conduct research on early childhood teacher preparation to advocate for and increase culturally sustaining pedagogy and linguistically responsive caregiving.
  • Strengthen partnerships with agencies, institutions, and communities to better serve the overall well-being of families with young children.
  • Create and share resources for children and their families, teachers, teacher candidates, teacher educators, administrators, policy makers, and scholars to facilitate their learning, teaching, professional development, and research.

The Motor Behavior and Sports Psychology Laboratory is a research facility dedicated to the study of human movement and the psychological aspects of peak performance. Encompassing the fields of motor behavior and sports psychology, studies examine those factors underlying skillful movement in an effort to better design instructional and practice conditions that optimize learning and performance. The lab also provides interested students the opportunity to explore questions of interest and hone their research skills.

Motor Behavior and Sports Psychology Laboratory Publications

is a project for training primary grade teachers in the use of child centered kinesthetic modalities as an essential feature in primary grade literacy programs that traditionally only use visual and aural teacher centered methodologies. MILK targets building reading comprehension and interpretation skills through interactive and interpretative movement and supports basic components of literacy such as phonemic awareness, spelling skills, fluency, vocabulary, and writing. The MILK project enables young readers to learn comprehension processes and to develop their abilities to initiate them without teacher prompting. MILK can provide prekindergarten to grade 5 educators with a way to increase the effectiveness of traditionally based instruction with specific kinesthetic movements. These movements become a second learning input system.

Myrna’s Children’s Village offers early care and education programs for NMSU students, faculty, staff, and community families and children, six weeks to five years of age. Through a variety of program options for infants, toddlers, and preschool children, families have choices to meet the childcare and educational needs of their young children.

 All of the NMSU Children’s Village programs provide high quality care and education of young children as well as environments for university students to learn about appropriate education of young children. University students are supervised at all times by permanent staff members. In addition to serving as field experience sites, the NMSU Children’s Village Programs serve as sites for faculty research.

  To know more please visit Myrna’s Childrens Village

Project ELevate is a Professional Development program for Teachers of Bilingual/English Learners.

Dr. Anita Hernández, P.I. has received a five-year $2.78 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will support the professional development of educators working with bilingual learners.

Dr. Anita Hernández, professor and the Don and Sarrah Kidd Endowed Chair in Literacy, developed Project ELevate in partnership with local districts, community DACC partner ENLACE, and NMSUs Chicano Programs. One of the priorities of the grant will be to create community engagement opportunities using technology and college and career pathways. ENLACE personnel will organize Tech Goes Home family engagement projects, and Chicano Program Director, Dr. Gutiérrez-Spencer will organize a Mother-Daughter college pathway program. Project ELevate will serve one thousand parents through one of the community engagement projects. Over five years, the grant will support the professional development of 50 future teachers to earn endorsements and licensures, and 115 classroom teachers to earn either an endorsement, MA degree; or national board certification.

For more information, contact Dr. Anita Hernández, email:

STEM Research and Partnerships (STEM-RP), previously organized as the Institute for Excellence in Math & Science Education (IEMSE) is the organizational entity for the coordination of all STEM education research and outreach projects in partnership with the College of Education. Our offices are located primarily on the ground floor of O’Donnell hall.

The STEM Outreach Center, in Room 136 O’Donnell Hall, houses most of our K-12 Science grants and projects under the direction of Dr. Susan Brown. Dr. Brown also directs the NASA Aerospace Education Lab (AEL), located in the College of Engineering’s Foreman Building. The AEL is a partnership with NASA, and the Colleges of Education and Engineering.

The STEM Research Center, in Room 021 O’Donnell Hall, is the home of our research and evaluation staff for the STEM Research & Partnerships and the Alliance for Teaching and Learning.

The STEM & Learning Design Lab, in Room 046 O’Donnell Hall, is the new location for our Mathematically Connected Communities (MC² ) and other mathematics grants. CORE-RDA (Collaborating for Outstanding Readiness in Education) is located in O’Donnell 027.

Networking and Partnerships for the STEM Center
Our networking and partnership opportunities are grant-funded and come in the form of workshops, conferences, focus groups, summer institutes, and excursions. We do this to encourage partnerships between local STEM teachers and area resources, to challenge teachers to incorporate new and innovative ideas into their curricula, and to encourage them to develop and maintain a network of both veteran and new teachers to draw upon when exploring STEM-related topics.

To date, STEM professional development partners have included but are not limited to: New Mexico State University’s College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences (Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Astronomy, Computer Science, Geography, Geological Sciences and Mathematical Sciences), College of Agriculture (4H, Agriculture Extension, Animal and Range Science, Fishery and Wildlife Sciences, Food Science and Nutrition, Learning Games Lab), the College of Engineering; Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning; Environmental Education Association of NM; Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park; NM Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR); NM Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (NM MESA); Project GUTS (Growing up Thinking Scientifically); Santa Fe Institute; Science Educators Alliance (SEA); Southern New Mexico Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA); Supercomputing Challenge; U.S Forest Service; Western New Mexico University; Young Women in Computing (College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Computer Science); Alamogordo Public Schools District; Albuquerque Public Schools; Cobre Consolidated Schools; Deming Public Schools; Gadsden Independent School District; Hatch Public Schools; Las Cruces Public Schools; Lordsburg Municipal Schools; Mescalero Apache Schools; Silver City Consolidated Schools; and Truth or Consequences Schools.

The Southwest Outreach Academic Research (SOAR) Evaluation & Policy Center are evaluators for grants, internal research, and external organizations in education, healthcare, workforce development, and the social sciences. We are a university recognized service center that charges an hourly rate for our work.

To know more please visit

The Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research (SWIHDR) is committed to research, training and outreach activities that promote health and reduce disparities in the US-Mexico border region. Morbidity and mortality from communicable and non-communicable diseases, injuries and other conditions take an unfair toll on US and Mexican communities along the border and knowledge of how to address these disparities is lacking.  Using a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to health disparities, working with partners on both sides of the border, and capitalizing on NMSU’s deep community connections and research strengths, SWIHDR is increasing our understanding of health disparities and the inequities that drive them.

  To know more please visit Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research


The mission of the NMSU Teacher Pipeline Initiative is to generate and sustain a robust, diverse educator workforce for the state of New Mexico through collaborative research and outreach activities with our partnering school districts. 



·Systematically and significantly address New Mexico educator vacancies in high-needs areas in collaboration

with our partnering school districts, especially in rural communities across the state. 


·Targeted Research Cluster efforts in three program tracts:

  • ·Recruitment
  • ·Preparation

  • ·Retention

·Enhance NMSU’s interactions with district and community stakeholder constituents and institutions via cooperative pipeline events, research collaboratives, outreach projects, and workforce development initiatives which contribute to the preparation of highly-qualified, culturally and linguistically responsive educators. 

·Prioritize equity, diversity, and inclusion in New Mexico's teacher pipeline, including the recruitment and retention of historically underrepresented educators. 

  To know more please contact Dr. Rick Marlatt