CSSD is located on the University of West Georgia campus in the Department of Sociology which is located in the Pafford Building, on the Second Floor, Room 202.

The center is equipped with computers and monitoring equipment for conducting both networked and face to face interaction studies, audio and video recording equipment (including camcorders, cameras, and digital audio recorders), digital transcription machines, and both experiment protocol and qualitative data analysis software.

It is a shared space that facilitates independent and collaborative research of social science faculty and students. The facilities include equipment for gathering real time vocal and nonverbal data. We foresee some collaborators wishing to include instruments to collect physiological data as well. The lab will include a group interaction room, partitioned individual subject spaces, and a control room/observation room. There will be adjacent or separate rooms for storing unused equipment. The lab allows for the use of focus group, observational, experimental, and interviewing research that covers a wide range of topics. And, the center also maintains portable equipment for conducting field research outside of the laboratory.

Our hope is that CSSD provides a place for students to learn together, and learn to use equipment that today’s leading researchers use while also bringing in community program evaluation projects for students to help conduct. This would allow for enhanced service learning and a connection between the student and their greater community. With this goal in mind, students at all levels, along with local businesses are invited to participate in, utilize and benefit from CSSD.

Volunteer for a Study

We are currently accepting volunteers for our studies. To learn how you can participate in one of our research projects, please contact us!


We offer our skills, equipment and expertise to assist organizations and businesses within the community who need research assistance. To discuss your organization's needs or to retain our services, please contact us