Institutes & Centers


The Norton School of Human Ecology houses world-class institutes and centers that take learning beyond the classroom by leading research that advances our understanding of the complexity of family, community, and consumer relationships. These centers nurture cross-disciplinary partnerships to develop new ways of thinking and steer outreach programs that turn theory into practice to make an impactful difference.

Kids jumping up and down looking happy

Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families

Educators shape the next generation of scholars and community leaders at this hub for family and youth-focused research. The institute bridges data and the real world by teaming scientists committed to tackling the most pressing issues facing families today with practitioners on the front lines.

Students participating in a financial education competition

Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research

In addition to creating research-based educational outreach programs to improve financial literacy in today’s complex world, this institute also helps educate young people across the state of Arizona how to manage their finances and make informed choices as they transition into adulthood.

Terry J Lundgren teaching an undergraduate seminar

Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing

Supported by major consulting partners, this center pairs the resources and expertise of Norton School academia with the retailing industry to offer students professional development and hands-on learning. Few centers compare in the ability to expand educational reach to industry leadership.