Founded in 1979, the Institute for Social and Behavioral Science (ISBS) promotes community-oriented research throughout the social and behavioral science disciplines. The ISBS specializes in research relevant to public policy issues in the Orlando region. Located in UCF’s Department of Sociology, the Institute houses:

  • Survey Research Laboratory, with the capacity to do telephone and mail and internet surveys and polls throughout the central Florida region.
  • Center for Qualitative Methodologies, which specializes in focus-group methods and in-depth interviewing.
  • Center for Outreach and Public Service, which embodies the Institute’s commitment to social and human service agencies that serve the population of our community. Institute faculty consult regularly with community agencies and groups on issues of program design and evaluation; survey research; data base design; data analysis; how to access and analyze Census data; and geographic information systems (GIS).

ISBS Brochure 2013 Cover


ISBS Brochure 2013



Director: Dr. James Wright

Associate Director: Dr. Amy Donley

Project Manager: Sara M. Strickhouser