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Working to build a living lab by performing elements of our work within and outside of our shared space

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We depend on rich connections to resources outside of our shared lab space to carry out our projects. We also value having dedicated space to design, conduct, analyze and share the results of this work.

Our dedicated research space is now located on the 7th floor of the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Our location allows us to leverage the creative expertise of our talented interdisciplinary colleagues who share similar scholarly interests, as well as a vibrant urban research community to afford proximity to the real-world issues that we work to address in our research.

Each member of our research group is committed to:

We seek to cultivate an environment in which each person is seen as an invaluable member of an ensemble.

We strive to build a continuum of mentorship within our research program and believe that we each have the capacity to not only work with, but also learn from, each other.

We cultivate a ‘whatever it takes’ approach to conducting high risk, high impact research to advance the science of childhood disability. This results in team members who think flexibly about maintaining work-life integration while orchestrating lives with careers that include science.

We use our power and privilege to access research opportunities by: 1) persevering and “failing forward” when partnering with stakeholders; 2) negotiating power and privilege in decision-making with stakeholders; 3) maximizing and caring for the upkeep of resources we have and using our time wisely.

Each person is committed to rigorous and timely completion of their work. We employ continuous peer review prior to public disclosure in order to ensure that we deliver our best oral and displayed work.

We work to create a safe environment in which we are encouraged to design and take intellectual risks that are critical to scientific discovery.