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Center for Translational Health Research


Mission: The Center for Translational Health Research at Texas State University seeks to accelerate the transfer of new knowledge from research into actions that improve health. The Center serves as a hub for resources, training opportunities, events, and relationships that bring together Texas State faculty, students, and community partners to pursue distinctive trans-disciplinary research in four broad areas:





Long-term Living and Cognitive Health: Texas State is home to a community clinic for children with Autism spectrum disorders and one of the only Dementia and Aging Studies graduate programs in the U.S. Texas State faculty conduct a wide array of research seeking to promote long-term health among persons with cognitive disabilities and diseases, including the pursuit of new technology to detect and avoid brain injuries from sports, workforce development programs that provide applied research and internship opportunities for students, and corporate and community partnerships seeking to re-imagine what it means to live with a long-term disability or disease.

The Seaton Institute for Cognitive Disabilities was created to serve as the catalyst for a Public-Private Collaboration with Texas State University, its students and faculty, and private sector long-term care providers.  The Center for Translational Health Research is partnering with the Seaton Foundation to re-imagine the future of long-term

living for persons with cognitive disabilities and diseases including TBIs, IDDs, mental illnesses, autism spectrum disorders, and diseases related to aging and dementia.



The Seaton Institute works closely with Texas State University to provide education about various cognitive disabilities through conferences. Click below to learn more about our next event. 

Teenage Students Raising Hands


The Seaton Institute provides several internship and volunteer opportunities for students interested in learning more about cognitive disabilities. Click below to learn more about established internship programs and projects.

Researching and Writing


The Seaton Institute provides grant opportunities to researchers studying ways to improve the lives of individuals with cognitive disabilities. Click below to learn more.

Our Objective

The Institute for Cognitive disabilities was designed as a vehicle that develops, coordinates, and desseminates innovative ideas and approaches that improve the lives of the approximately 30 million people in the U.S. with a cognitive disability. Cognitive Disabilities may include physical, mental, or emotional condition which may cause a person to have serious difficulty in thinking, memory, planning, problem solving, judgement, social skills and/ or interpreting social skills. 

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