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VT Community Partners (VTCP)

VT Community Partners

Virginia Tech Community Partners (VT-CP) is located in Suite 122 of the Roanoke Higher Education Center.

To support the university's missions of instruction, research, and outreach, Virginia Tech has established a cross-disciplinary program, the Developmental Science Initiative, to involve a diverse group of researchers and educators who share the goal of understanding and promoting the health and well-being of children and their family members. One of the most effective ways for a research university such as ours to address this goal is to disseminate new knowledge based on high quality research findings to the individuals and groups - schools, hospitals, clubs, and non-profit organizations -- that can put this research to work. To this end, we have initiated VT-CP. We strive to:

  • Provide no-cost or low-cost research support to professionals and agencies in the community working with infants, children, adolescents, adults, and seniors
  • Conduct outreach activities with community partners to enhance the translation of new knowledge into practice in ways that positively impact the population
  • Build new knowledge regarding healthy human development by conducting basic research and sharing our findings with individuals, families, professionals and agencies in the community


Learn more about current projects that are being conducted by faculty and students from these laboratories and centers as part of VT-CP:

Child Study Center

Center for Gerontology

Individual Differences in Development Lab

JK Lifespan Development Lab

Social Development Lab


For more information contact Prof. Kirby Deater-Deckard,, (540) 231-0973