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OU-Tulsa has more than a dozen research centers and institutes, addressing a broad range of research and community needs. The links below showcase the centers where OU-Tulsa students and faculty are working to support the university's mission in our unique way.

Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW)

CCEW is a semester-long experiential learning internship at OU-Tulsa connecting interdisciplinary OU students with university researchers, private sector mentors and OU partner organizations and businesses to develop real-world solutions to problems through technology commercialization and business creation.

For more information, contact Hannah Ralston at or Building 3, Room 3109


Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture

The center works to promote study and understanding of world societies and how cultural qualities affect global relationships.


Community Medicine Research

Learn about research activities at OU-Tulsa School of Community Medicine, meet our investigators, and find proposal development resources.


Early Childhood Education Institute

Advancing quality in early childhood through research, evaluation and outreach.


East Asia Institute

To assist teachers in making East Asia an integral and permanent part of their curriculum.


Graduate College Research

Research activities of OU-Tulsa faculty and staff from six colleges: Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts and Liberal Studies.


Harold Hamm Diabetes Center

The Tulsa branch of the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center treats pediatric Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.  Newly diagnosed patients experience comprehensive training on what diabetes is and how to manage the disease to avoid serious complications.  The Diabetes Team at the Center continues care for the patient with diabetes throughout childhood and provides follow-up education and time with physicians to adjust medications and treatment plans as the disease matures.  The Center also treats endocrinological disorders.


Haruv USA

Haruv USA at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa is a new venture bringing together the best of two worlds — the unique expertise and international leadership of the Haruv Institute paired with the research-based educational knowledge and expertise of OU-Tulsa and the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work.


Hope Research Center

Linking OU-Tulsa’s research capabilities with area nonprofit groups to help those organizations better serve their clients and our community.


Integrative Immunology Center

The threefold mission of the Integrative Immunology Center is to: Facilitate interdisciplinary research in community medicine focused on understanding the long-term biological effects of psychosocial and physical stress; deliver educational support and specialized expertise in the field of immunology to the Tulsa community; and provide state-of-the art core laboratory services for faculty and students engaged in translational research.


Children's Advocacy Center

The Children's Justice Center, located on the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa campus, in collaboration with the Child Abuse Network, is designated as a University of Oklahoma Center for Excellence. This innovative center serves as a national model for the multidisciplinary team approach to child abuse investigation and prosecution. The following agencies have staff at the Center:Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, OU-Tulsa; Child Abuse Network, Inc.; Child Welfare, Department of Human Services; Child Crisis Unit, Tulsa Police Department; and Tulsa County District Attorney's Office.


NRCYS (National Resource Center for Youth Services)

The National Resource Center for Youth Services at the University of Oklahoma OUTREACH has been resourcing the youth services community for more than twenty-five years, providing training and technical assistance to programs in Oklahoma and nationally.


Oklahoma Bioethics Center

The Oklahoma Bioethics Center has embraced the vision for the School of Community Medicine and is poised to adapt its educational programs to encompass the issues of ethics and social justice occasioned by the challenge of providing health care for disadvantaged populations.


The Oklahoma Center for Education Policy (OCEP)

The Oklahoma Center for Education Policy (OCEP) is a resource for the State of Oklahoma and its education policy makers at the state, district, community and school levels.


Oklahoma Center for Prehospital Disaster Medicine

The CPDM is the overarching organization responsible for OUDEM’s efforts in the prehospital and out-of-hospital realms: ground EMS, air medical operations, tactical/special operations EMS, and mass casualty/disaster medicine. 


PCHR - Program in Community Health Research

A research, training, and faculty development program, dedicated to advancing community-based research to improve the health status of low-income communities and their members.


Professional Development Leadership Academy - THRIVE

The OU-Tulsa Professional Development & Leadership Academy - THRIVE seeks to provide relevant and effective school leadership development programs of the highest quality to meet the needs of our constituents in the Tulsa area. Oklahoma schools are ever changing, and our program offers ongoing customization to support leadership today, tomorrow, and in the future.


Simulation Center OU-Tulsa

Simulation Center OU-Tulsa, or SCOUT, provides simulated experiences in a safe environment for medical students and residents, students in the physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical imaging, and nursing programs, as well as graduate-level social work students.  Additionally, SCOUT provides simulation and training services for outside agencies.


Surgery Procedure Center

The Surgery Procedure Center offers endoscopy, hemodialysis access, vascular treatment and venous treatment on a same day, outpatient basis.


Urban Design Studio

Training urban design professionals, advancing understanding of the city through research and creative activity, and engaging in community projects.