The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), University of Southern California, is an interdisciplinary research organization founded in 1972, and is currently directed by Dr. Sarnoff Mednick, Professor of Psychology. SSRI is integrated into the USC structure as an approved Organized Research Unit reporting to the Dean of Research, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. It includes the Center for Longitudinal Research, directed by Dr. Sarnoff Mednick, and the Center for Research in Crime and Social Control, directed by Dr. Karen Hennigan, Research Assistant Professor of Psychology, as well as a few individual research programs. It normally expends between one and two million dollars a year in externally funded research grants to faculty. Only USC faculty members are authorized to have research administered through the institute.

The Institute occupies approximately 4,400 square feet in the Allan Hancock Foundation Building on USC's main campus. An infrastructure for research administration is in place which provides management and technical assistance to allow investigators to devote full attention to their research. The Institute is well- equipped with a multi-purpose research meeting room, computer hardware, peripherals, and software, and is networked to USC's mainframe, the campus wide financial system, and the Internet.

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