About the Center

The Methodology Center is an interdisciplinary research center within the College of Health and Human Development at the University Park campus of Penn State. We develop and disseminate new methods for social, behavioral, and health sciences research focusing on vital public health issues, including substance abuse and HIV.

Scientists and trainees in The Methodology Center are affiliated with Penn State and the University of Michigan. Our faculty, research associates, post-docs, and students represent several academic disciplines, including human development, psychology, statistics, communication, epidemiology, engineering, and public health. See our People pages to learn more about us.


The mission of The Methodology Center is to advance public health by improving experimental design and data analysis in the social, behavioral, and health sciences.

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PAMT, a joint effort between The Methodology Center and The Prevention Research Center, cross-trains predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers as prevention scientists and methodologists.

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What is methodology?
Methodology is the study of tools and techniques for research design, measurement, and data analysis.

Is The Methodology Center part of an academic department at Penn State?
We are a free-standing, interdisciplinary research center within the College of Health and Human Development. We are not part of any single academic department.

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For questions regarding our software, email MChelpdesk@psu.edu.

Phone: 814-865-3253



The Methodology Center
The Pennsylvania State University
404 Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802



Research at The Methodology Center is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health (primarily the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Cancer Institute). The Center also receives yearly support from the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State.

We are very grateful to our extramural and intramural funders and strive to maintain a high level of scientific productivity.