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Welcome to the SSRL

John sutherlin


"Since the SSRL was founded and established, we have seen ULM become more engaged in community projects that have impacted private companies, state and local government agencies, and non-profit organizations. These projects have been made possible through the research and development work of our student interns and faculty researchers. In my mind, it goes without saying that the experience and training gained through the SSRL projects compliments any degree program." 

John W. Sutherlin, PhD


Joe Mcgahan

"We encourage students to consider careers in Research and Development and, to that end, provided numerous interdisciplinary opportunities to work on projects that have the potential to positively impact our community. These projects pertain to health and the law as well as a variety of other topics."
Joe McGahan, PhD



On June 1, 2007, the University of Louisiana at Monroe created the Social Science Research Laboratory (SSRL) to reinforce and expand inter-disciplinary research efforts. As such, Drs. McGahan and Sutherlin, representing social psychology and political science respectively, identified faculty members, referred to as “research fellows,” from various disciplines who were interested in:

(a) Interdisciplinary research collaboration

(b) Working with undergraduate and graduate students on applied research and development projects with the potential to positively impact our community

By early Fall 2007, the SSRL had research fellows at ULM and elsewhere representing psychology, political science, sociology, social work, finance, and educational technology.

Further, the SSRL continues to actively cultivate relationships with other universities in the Delta region. As for the past, the SSRL created relationships with faculty at Louisiana Tech University, Grambling State University and other regional universities, in an attempt to create the foundation for a research and development corridor in northern Louisiana. The SSRL will continue to create and maintain relationships with fellow universities nurturing common goals and academic criteria to be the most beneficial for our students, faculty, staff, and the local community.   

News & Announcements

ULM’s Sutherlin works in D.C. with leaders from the Delta
Associate Professor of political science at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Dr. John W. Sutherlin, recently conducted workshops in Washington, D.C. as part of a leadership training grant.                 

ULM’s Sutherlin begins Delta Leadership Institute training
Dr. John W. Sutherlin, associate professor of political science and co-director the social science research lab (SSRL) at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, recently attended the Delta Leadership Institute's (DLI) inaugural four-day executive education training at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass.

ULM joins Delta Regional Authority
The University of Louisiana at Monroe's Social Science Research Lab (SSRL) joins the University of Mississippi and Arkansas State University to develop the Delta Regional Authority Leadership Academy.





Community Partners & Programs

In the Social Science Research Laboratory, we feel it is crucial to create and maintain partnerships with community programs and organizations. In the past, the SSRL has partnered with entities such as AmeriCorps. Many of our students volunteered with AmeriCorps, and discovered it to be such a valuable learning experience for their current, as well as future, endeavors.