Laboratory for Applied Social Research (LASR)

The LASR offers:

  • opportunities for students to acquire research skills
  • a resource for organizations to have research done, using the expertise of our faculty


Our services include:

  • telephone surveys
  • program planning and evaluation
  • field interviews and observation
  • data management and analysis


Completed Projects

  • City of Flagstaff 2012 Regional Plan, Community Values Survey (Spring to Fall 2010)
  • NAU Athletics Department Interests and Abilities Survey (Spring 2010)
  • Victim Witness Services, Child Abuse Awareness, Program Evaluation (Fall 2011 to Summer 2012)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters and Coconino County Juvenile Court Services, STEP UP Group Mentoring: The Experience of Mentees (Internship)
  • Center for International Education, Program Evaluation (Spring to Fall 2011)
  • NAU SBS Alumni Satisfaction Survey (Fall 2011 - Summer 2013) - Current Report (June 2013)

In Progress Projects 

  • Flagstaff Family Food Center, Client Satisfaction Survey (Spring 2012 - )
  • Flagstaff Project Connect Exit Interview Survey Analysis (Spring 2012 - )


  • Flagstaff Shelter Services, Program Evaluation
  • Exodus Program for Inmates, Coconino County jail

Our people

Affiliated faculty

 James Bowie 3   

James Bowie, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Sociology
OFFICE PHONE: 928.523.1752



Natalie Cawood, PhD
Assistant Professor, Social Work
OFFICE PHONE: 928.523.6538


Richard Fernandez, PhD
Professor, Sociology 
OFFICE PHONE: 928.523.5977


Kooros Mahmoudi, PhD
Chair, Department of Sociology and Social Work
Professor, Sociology
OFFICE PHONE: 928.523.6554


 Jim Reed, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Sociology
OFFICE PHONE: 928.523.1238

Michael Van Ness
LASR Coordinator
OFFICE PHONE: 928.523.7029

Research Opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students will be announced. 

Contact us 

Laboratory for Applied Social Research
Department of Sociology and Social Work
BLDG 65 Room 113
Box 15300
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

 To contact the LASR team regarding a potential project, please fill out the email form below.