The Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR) is a freestanding unit within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Iowa.  Since its beginning in 1967, CSBR has conducted over 680 funded research studies on a wide variety of topics.  Among these are public health, crime/safety, environment/energy, education, housing/planning, and public opinion/policy priorities.

Public health is the predominant area of research, including reproductive health, behavioral health risks, substance abuse, tobacco use, problem gambling, and maternal and child health.  Most activities are of an applied research nature, designed to assist public agencies in answering questions about public opinion and the impacts of public programs.

CSBR has collected data from over 400,000 Iowans by telephone interviewing, face-to-face interviewing, mailed questionnaires, focus groups, and web surveys.  Every year CSBR provides direct research training and experience for many UNI students.


CSBR Research

Research conducted by CSBR as part of the Iowa NSF EPSCoR program was highlighted recently in the LeMars Sentinel. The Switch It, Change It, Save It campaign is a social marketing effort aimed at increasing energy efficiency. Click here for the story.


Research in the news: Dr. Gene Lutz was quoted in an article by GamblingCompliance about the Internet Poker research conducted by CSBR.

CSBR gambling research featured in Newscan:  The CSBR's Gambling Attitudes and Behaviors report is featured in the Responsible Cambling Council's weekly newsletter, Newscan (Volume 13, Issue 42).


Research in the news: Pieces on gambling prevalence research conducted by CSBR.

Iowa Department of Public Health news release.

KWWL NBC 7 piece on CSBR's gambling research.

New CSBR research on Gambling Attitudes and Behaviors Among Iowans: This Executive Summary and Full Report present findings from a 2011 survey of Iowans.

New CSBR research on Internet Poker: This Briefing Document and Full Report present a public health perspective on Internet poker.


Research in the news: Pieces on gambling prevalence research conducted by CSBR -

Chicago Tribune

Radio Iowa

Research in the news: KGAN Channel 2 (CBS) piece on UNI Internet poker research:

UNI Study on Internet Poker

Research in the news: Two pieces in the Des Moines Register about CSBR research on Internet poker -

State report: Some Iowa gamblers will play poker online regardless of legislative action

Legal or not, Internet gambling may be here to stay, report says


Research in the news: Iowa Fiscal Partnership - CSBR survey of Iowa state park users.