​​Centers and Initiatives

SPU’s School of Psychology, Family, and Community supports centers and initiatives that complement our academic programs and integrate training, research, and outreach in the community and beyond.


The Initiative for Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IIIDD) uses lifespan and holistic perspectives to address psychological, social, and emotional well-being. It offers training, support, research, and education on a national scale.

The Living Well Initiative is a multidisciplinary educational program serving families affected by severe and persistent mental health conditions. The program is co-sponsored by SPU’s School of Health Sciences and the School of Psychology, Family, and Community.

The Center for Leadership Research & Development serves business and community leaders through research-based tools, resources, strategic partnerships, and training opportunities.

The Center for Relationship Development aims to solve relationship problems before they begin by fostering positive relationships. The center serves everyone from classmates and teammates to roommates, parents, siblings, bosses, or potential marriage partners.

Research and Teaching Labs

Graduate and undergraduate students have a chance to work with SPU professors in ongoing, real-world research.

Rob McKenna

Why I Teach at SPU

Robert McKenna, Associate Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology

“I teach at SPU because every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. I have always found that SPU is a place where both sinners and saints can wrestle with the most challenging questions of life, faith, education, and work, and be seen for who they are as beloved children of God.”