Child and Adolescent Health Research Lab

The Child & Adolescent Health Research Lab is a collaboration between the Department of Health and Kinesiology, the Texas A&M School of Public Health and the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences' Youth Development Program.

Initially founded at Indiana University in 2003 and then re-established at Texas A&M University in 2006, CAHRL’s mission is to have every child reach their optimal health by creating awareness of child and adolescent health issues through the achievement of four goals:

  1. Establish multidisciplinary collaborations with other entities in order to improve child and adolescent health;
  2. Improve knowledge on child and adolescent health through research;
  3. Disseminate information through health education; and
  4. Translate research findings into practice.

Research undertaken by the CAHRL uses a socio-ecological approach to understanding and improving child and adolescent health. The focus is on micro (personality, attitude, knowledge) and macro (family, friends, neighborhoods, schools, politics) factors influencing health outcomes and health behaviors. 

CAHRL currently has two grants from the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. Other funding sources include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas State Department of Health.


Dr. E. Lisako McKyer, Director

  • Associate Dean of Climate and Diversity, Texas A&M School of Public Health
  • 212 Adriance Lab Road
  • Phone: 979-436-9361
  • Email:

Dr. Corliss Outley, Co-Director

  • Associate Department Chair, Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences
  • AGLS 427
  • Phone: 979-45-5330
  • Email:

Dr. Christine Tisone, Assistant Director

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology
  • 311F Blocker
  • Phone: 979-845-3290
  • Email: