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A branch of the Texas Research Data Center, the UT-Austin lab provides researchers in the central Texas area with approved projects in a secure research environment to access federal statistical data. It is located in the Population Research Center within the CLA building on the University of Texas – Austin Campus. It is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research, College of Liberal Arts, Population Research Center, Department of Economics, McCombs School of Business, and the Population Health Initiative.

Executive Director

Elizabeth Gershoff

Elizabeth Gershoff, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Gershoff is a Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, Director of the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and Executive Director of the Austin Branch of the Texas Research Data Center. Her research focuses on how parental and school discipline affect child and youth development and how parent education and early education programs, such as the federal Head Start program, can improve the lives of at-risk children. She is an internationally recognized expert on the effects of physical punishment on children. Dr. Gershoff’s research has been supported through federal grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute for Mental Health, and the National Science Foundation.

Contact Information


Ri Wade, Administrator

UT Austin Research Data Center
Population Research Center
305 E 23rd St. Stop G1800
Austin, TX 78712-1699


Email: Ri Wade

Partner Institutions

The operation of each Federal Statistical Research Data Center (RDC) is supported by both the Census Bureau and RDC partner institutions. Some RDC partner institutions form consortiums to share the operational costs of the RDC and may waive user fees for their affiliates. Several RDCs have built branch locations to reduce the cost of researchers commuting to the core location while still maintaining the identical stringent information technology and physical security requirements.

Page Last Revised - March 16, 2023
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