About the Sorenson Center

The mission of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration that results in an improved quality of life for Utah’s citizens. Specifically, the Sorenson Center staff and faculty:

  • Conduct research on interdisciplinary clinical interventions that lead to new and innovative human service practices
  • Promote advanced interdisciplinary training for students and professionals
  • Provide interdisciplinary clinical services to clients across the lifespan and build the human services capacity in the state and region


healing garden

Beverley Garden

The peaceful Beverley Garden is located in the atrium and is open to the public. A relaxing space to eat, study, or unwind, the garden includes beautiful landscaping, water features, and sculptures.

art gallery

Lyndsley Wilkerson Gallery

The Lyndsley Wilkerson Gallery features the work of international artists who have captured an inimitable vision of the world around them. Come and reflect on the many works created by artists with disabilities.


Beth's Bistro

This unique café is named after our own Dean Beth Foley and offers delicious breakfast and lunch options. Located on the first floor, Beth’s Bistro has something for everyone.

Gretchen Peacock

Gretchen Gimpel Peacock

Executive Director and Associate Dean

Gretchen Gimpel Peacock is the Executive Director of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence at Utah State University as well as a Professor in the Psychology Department. Dr. Peacock earned her BA from the College of William and Mary and her MA and PhD from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Peacock has been a faculty member at USU since 1995. She previously served for nine years as the department head in Psychology and a year as the interim department head in Kinesiology and Health Science. Dr. Peacock is a school psychologist by training; her research and teaching interests are in the area of child behavior problems (such as ADHD) including parent/child interactions. Dr. Peacock is also interested in professional issues in school psychology and co-authored a book widely used in graduate introduction to school psychology courses: School Psychology for the 21st Century: Foundations and Practices.

The Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence is a state-of-the-art, 100,000-square-foot facility where integration of research, academic, and clinical services enables training for students, interdisciplinary research among faculty and clinicians, and comprehensive clinical services for clients statewide and regionally. Among specialized classrooms and other features, the Center houses an advanced nursing simulation lab, a hydrotherapy pool, a speech-language clinic, a movement research clinic, a hearing and balance clinic, behavioral health services, a teaching kitchen, and a café.


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