CAPRI LogoThe Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) at The University of Texas at San Antonio is a university-wide research institute established in 2005 that supports the study of topics such as infant cognition and language development, early literacy, juvenile justice, child abuse prevention, foster care youth, pediatric obesity prevention, early childhood education, school readiness, and dropout prevention. The institute fosters cross-disciplinary collaborations within the university and with research partners from the community and translates research results into policy recommendations.

Leslie Neely, Ph.D.

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Leslie Neely, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute

Educational Psychology

leslie.neely@utsa.edu

Mission

  • Address community child and adolescent development concerns.
  • Increase the visibility of UTSA in the national research community through scholarly, scientific investigations of high caliber and national repute.
  • Provide administrative support that promotes collaboration for research across disciplines and fields of study related to child and adolescent development.
  • Involve graduate and undergraduate students in a progression of increasingly complex cross-disciplinary research training and community-based activities.
  • Attract external funding from public and private sources to initiate and sustain large-scale research projects and support the initiation of students into the research community.
  • Address community child and adolescent development concerns.
  • Increase the visibility of UTSA in the national research community through scholarly, scientific investigations of high caliber and national repute.
  • Provide administrative support that promotes collaboration for research across disciplines and fields of study related to child and adolescent development.
  • Involve graduate and undergraduate students in a progression of increasingly complex cross-disciplinary research training and community-based activities.
  • Attract external funding from public and private sources to initiate and sustain large-scale research projects and support the initiation of students into the research community.

Key Areas of Research

  • Human Behavior
  • STEM Education
  • Math Education
  • Autism Behavior
  • Bilingual + Bicultural
  • Community Partners + Outreach

3M

Dollars in Grant Funding

7

Ongoing Projects

6

Faculty Principal Investigators

25

Community Partners

Faculty Projects

Leslie Neely

  • Parent-Led Autism Treatment for At-Risk Infants and Toddlers: Project PLAAY is working on developing and testing a pre-emptive intervention for infants and toddlers at-risk for autism.
  • Telehealth and Technology Lab; This lab encompasses the Brief Outpatient Autism Treatment Project (BOAT), Quantum AI Treatment Model, and the Pyramidal Telehealth Treatment Project. These projects aim to innovate the delivery of behavior analytic services for individuals with autism.
  • abautsa.com
  • leslie.neely@utsa.edu

Derek Robertson

  • Mass Violence Coordinated Response: MVCR aims to continue serving the community and individuals affected by the shooting at Sutherland Springs.
  • derek.robertson@utsa.edu

Becky Huang

  • Language Learning and Assessment Lab: The LLA lab is devoted to investigating language/ literacy development and assessment for bilingual learners, specifically language minority children and adolescents
  • wordpress.com
  • becky.huang@utsa.edu

Emily Bonner

Guan Saw

  • Innovative and Inclusive STEM Lab: iSTEM aims to develop novel research and evaluation approaches for studying and supporting policies/programs/practices aimed at increasing participation in STEM.
  • cgu.edu/people/guan-saw/
  • saw@cgu.edu

Contact Us

Downtown Campus

Monterey Building, Suite 2.260

T: (210) 458-2849
F: (210) 458-2569
capri@utsa.edu