NLI's first priority is research of children's outdoor environments to generate new knowledge that may support evidence-based design. Included is the post-occupancy evaluation (POE) of model environments created by the NLI and others, and the testing and evaluation of design prototypes.

Behavior mapping has been developed by NLI over the last several years as a paperless method using handheld devices for observing behavior and associated social interactions, environmental attributes, and physical elements.

NLI research projects have been conducted with interdisciplinary partners in other departments at NC State University and several other universities and research centers nationally and internationally.

Major funding has been provided by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), The National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF, through Active Living Research, San Diego State University), the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina (BCBSNC), and the Buffalo Hospital Foundation (BHF).

Selected Research Projects